But I went all in, so I might as well own the result. BAM baby, I’m in leopard print! And my remote is so dang cool in these pictures. Don’t you think?
This was made using the Meridian cardigan sewing pattern by Imagine Gnats. She’s in the middle of a big blog tour right now, and you can see all kinds of versions all over the web this month. I especially like this version with faux leather sleeves. You know how I love those!
I made one slight change to the cardigan, which made it an especially quick sew. The pattern calls for a second fabric to make the cardigan fully lined–which is perfect if you live in cold weather–but was was too warm for me. (It’s 81 degrees today!) So, I left off the second fabric and made mine a single-layer cardigan. To cover the raw edges, I made some easy knit bias tape and stitched it on with a zig zag stitch. (Cut a 1″ strip of knit fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise and press. Fold it over the raw edge and pin every 1″. Repeat until all the raw edges are incased. Stitch on with a zig zag stitch).
I used this same method to make Abby a cardigan last year, and you can see the instructions HERE. It’s a nice simple way to add a bias edge to a cardigan, since the knit edge will not fray in the wash. I have a couple other items like this and they’ve held up really well over time.
The Meridian cardigan is flirty, flowy, and fun. I think it will be perfect over my swimsuit in the summer! (Sorry no pics of that, yet. I’m not sure I’m ready to get into my 50’s-style bombshell suit on this blog just yet.)
My only issue with the end result is size. This has happened to me before because my chest measurement doesn’t always match my small shoulders and overall bone frame. I also recently lost 12 lbs (whoop!), which probably contributed to the size confusion. I should have made it about two sizes smaller, but I guess that’s not a bad problem to have! It’s better than a cardigan that is too small, eh?
Good news: All Imagine Gnats patterns are 20% off for the month of January with the code “januarytour.”
And now for the best part: GIVEAWAY TIME! You can enter to win the Meridian Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern using the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will stay open until Friday at midnight PST, and I will email the winner on Saturday morning. You can enter by leaving a blog post comment (please answer the question, because I’m sooo curious!), or like CailaMade or Imagine Gnats on Facebook. Thank you so much for reading and entering. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!
Does anyone else feel like it’s time to start sewing for Spring and Summer, or is that just because I’m sweating in 80+ degree weather?? My next to-sew project is a sundress for Abby. I am not even kidding.