After I talked about how useful and practical (read: boring) my new ponte waterfall cardigan was, I found out the truth. It doesn’t actually play well with many of my tops.
After sewing so many tops in amazing, cool prints, it turns out I don’t have many neutral tops (whites, grays, blacks, etc) that go with the brick-red color. I’ve pretty much worn it over dresses.
Fortunately, I was able to finagle that last bit of yardage into a coordinating tank. (Note, we are not using the term “twinset” here, because I’m not Nancy Drew or elderly).
I used McCall’s 6355, which I’ve sewed twice, and I manage to tweak into something new every time. (Once was a simple knit dress, once was a woven dress with inserted panel.) This time, I used a different view, which features a bit of a lower neckline, and I actually followed the instructions and used self-fabric binding for the edges.
I’d planned on doing a narrow hem as on the previous makes, but when I tried it on I thought: oh crap, I’ve gone and made another office-inappropriate neckline. So I squeezed the binding (just barely!) out of the scraps and it fills in the neckline perfectly. I also shortened the binding a bit so that it would resolve a bit of gaping in the neckline that I was experiencing. That worked as well; the bit of stretching I did to fit the binding to the top eliminates the gaping. Unfortunately, I stretched it a bit too much and ended up creating a bit of puckering.
I narrowed the sides a bit to get a slimmer fit, but made no other changes beyond that. It was a quick, relatively easy make.
That said, this simple piece makes the cardi so much easier to wear! I can throw both pieces on with a bunch of different skirts and I’m good to go. I definitely recommend this tactic if you find yourself staring at all your me-made makes that are orphaned in your close: make a companion garment.
So cute and clever! Enjoy the selfie stick!
I love that idea! And such a benefit with being able to sew, since matching fabrics/colors otherwise is nearly impossible in RTW. I’m stumbling around on your blog, and really love your makes and your style, which are the kinds of things I’d like to wear.
1Thank you so much! There’s such a variety of styles out there — it’s always fun to find sewing soul mates who match your style! I’ve gotta say, I love the fabric you picked for your sorbetto!