The start of fall sewing

The chill isn’t quite in the air here yet, but it is time to start thinking about fall.  I have plans for doing a Fall/Winter capsule like the one I put together for spring.  The main colors I will be using are going to be black, red and white.  This vest fit nicely into that theme.

Love Notions – Canyon Cardigan

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This is the new Love Notions Canyon Cardigan, and it has a lot of options to it.  I made the vest with the waterfall front, and no pockets. Size Medium.  My material is a 2-way stretch that is partially transparent.  I thought the fabric was interesting when I got it a year or so ago, but had no idea what to make it into.  I think this was the perfect project for it.

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I also bought the applique a few years ago, and wasn’t sure where I would use it.  Again, the stars aligned and it worked great for the back of this vest.

I am wearing the vest with the WBM Sneha pattern hack and a ponte maxi skirt that I made at the sewing retreat in July.  I love this skirt with a small exception.  I need to figure out how to fix it, and then I will share it in more detail.

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I also made a long-sleeved cardigan, too, (Option A) though I made it 5″ longer. I knew I wanted to wear this with leggings, and wanted to make sure it would be long enough to cover my butt. I would have needed a few inches for my height anyways (5’7″). I had to patch the length on my arms, too, since I ran out of fabric for the full length arms.  The fabric is a textured knit.  Some sweater knits will stretch out during sewing so you have to really watch that for matching up the pattern pieces.

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The suede at the collar was cut pretty much the same length as the edge, so I cut it a few inches longer than the pattern piece. I serged the edge of the knit first to make sure it wouldn’t stretch, straight-stitched it on, and then top-stitched. The leather elbow patch I glued in place before stitching it down. Can’t use pins with leather.  I also measured from my shoulder to the middle of my elbow to get the right spot for the patch, so I would check on the placement before sewing it on. Taller people have longer arms, so the placement should vary with height.

Love how this turned out!  I am wearing it with the brown top I made from my spring capsule and a pair of grey leggings I made a few years ago.

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4 thoughts on “The start of fall sewing”

    1. Thanks, Lori! I was iffy on how the suede would work with attaching to a knit, but it did work out pretty well!

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