I made this ponte cardigan for myself a couple of weeks ago now. I had just decided to abandon the Elisalex dress until spring (I couldn't make myself do the work of picking things apart and redesigning the skirt when I wouldn't be able to actually wear the dress for another 6 months), and I wanted a quickie palate cleansing project. I've made this pattern up twice before for clients. Since the weather has turned cold, I've found myself looking in my closet for a black cardigan and the only one I had was a mangy cotton one I bought from Target when I was pregnant.
The pattern is McCall's 6408.
The fabric is a yummy ponte knit from GorgeousFabrics.com. I started out making View D but decided I didn't like the asymmetrical hemline so chopped it off to make View B. View B turned out to be way too long for my body shape, so I chopped another 5 inches off the length and gave it a 1.5" hem, and this was perfect for what I wanted. Chopping the length meant that the ties were now disproportionately long, so I chopped 5" off each of them. I didn't make any alterations to the fit - this garment is not fitted and looked fine as is (apart from the length that is - before I took it to the chopping block it looked like I was wearing a bathrobe).
|I had to lighten these photos so that the cardigan details would be visible. |
This left me so washed out I decided B&W was better.
When I make this again, I might add length to the ties so that I can wrap them around to the back and then to the front again, or I might use a wider elastic to gather the back a bit more.
While this seemed like a super boring project at the time, I've probably worn this cardigan 2-3 times a week. Boring, but useful! At this rate, I'll wear the cardigan 60 times this winter (pretty good price per wear rate). I'm thinking I might need another one in gray just to mix things up a bit.
I also made the scarf I'm wearing from leftover ponte knit (the taupe pieces are from the McCall's 6408 I made for a client and the purple pieces are from the Cake Tiramisu I made for a client). I find I almost always have a strip of fabric about 6-8 inches wide left at the end of my yardage when I make up a knit/jersey project. I've been turning these into fashion scarves (not to be confused with the kind of scarves you wear outside during a Midwest winter). I'm pretty sure this is what Cora's teachers will receive as their Polderman present this year.
What's the best boring garment you own?