I haven’t sewn anything recently but I wanted to post about a pattern I tested in February, the one I mentioned here.
|I just want to say from the outset, this is not a review of the pattern. It’s unfair to review a pattern that is still in the testing phase. This is just to share a garment I’ve made. There has been so much debate on the interwebs about pattern testing and both sides have good points, but in the end it’s all just a bunch of drama over something that isn’t hurting anyone. Although, I do find it interesting about whether posting about a pattern you’ve tested counts as a pattern review or a promotional post and how that plays into who is doing pattern testing. Just to declare it here. I was given this pattern for free to test and the links in this post are NOT affiliate links.|
I have this weird habit where a garment I’ve sewn can’t be put away in my wardrobe until I’ve blogged about it, so this cardigan has been hanging out on my dress form for about 3 weeks. I had to wait until Betsy from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic Patterns announced her new patterns. Then it sort of fell by the wayside a little.
When Betsy put a call out for pattern testers I answered and she gave me the option of sewing the Cabernet Cardigan or the Pinot Pants. I have a cardigan shaped hole in my wardrobe so naturally I chose the Cabernet.
I didn’t make any pattern adjustments because I wanted to see how it would sew up straight
out of the envelope off the printer.
- Ponte fabric from Spotlight
- Medium weight interfacing
I went out to buy some Ponte to sew it up. While I was at the store I found some red Ponte and on the way to the checkout my friend pointed out some grey Ponte in the ‘off cuts’ display so I bought them both.
When I got home I played round with some colour blocking options using this technique. It was really fun and I got carried away 🙂
- I didn’t include buttons because I didn’t have any in my stash and I like the look without buttons.
What I Like
- The sleeve length is great, I find I push my sleeves up anyway so these are a good length for me
- The colour makes it a versatile piece
- The Ponte makes this very warm and it doesn’t cling
- Pockets of course 🙂
What I don’t like
- I think that this size is a little loose on me even though it is meant to a be a relaxed fit
- I think that the hem band hits me at a strange spot
- First I’d try going down a size
- Crop it a little more so that it ends at my waist.
Of course it has to be said again that I was given this pattern for free in exchange for proofing the pattern.
|Pattern||Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic Patterns – Cabernet Cardigan||$0.00|
|Fabric||1.5 m Ponte Double Knit, Dusk, Spotlight (50% off)||$12.78|
|Time||6.5 hours (* $17-ish Australian minimum wage)1 hour – printing & sticking the pattern together
30 min – cutting fabric
5 hours – sewing
So for a bit of time and some fabric I did a pattern test and got a serviceable cardigan.
I don’t have a lot of need for a cardigan just at the moment as it’s still quite warm here, but there were a couple of days where it was a little cool and this cardigan worked a treat. This is going to be great to wear around the house, out on errands and in casual settings. I definitely see more being made in my future.
I’m really glad that I was able to test this pattern. I’ve only ever tested one other pattern before and I have found the process interesting. The photos in this post are the ones I sent to Betsy as part of pattern testing. I thought it would be a good idea to wear snug clothes and take front, side and back pictures with and without the cardigan on so she could see the fit of the garment.
Leave me a comment 🙂
Do you have any gaping holes in your wardrobe?
What are your thoughts on wearable toiles/muslins?
Do you ever sew something for the sake of sewing it without fussing with fit?
Have you pattern tested before? Would you do it again?