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« Reply #35 on: January 09, 2018, 11:33:21 PM »
Or coat option 10.


I've now started to trace off the pattern pieces (its an insert from a magazine which print the pattern on both sides of the paper). I decided to trace all of the pieces to keep the instructions/layout and other info intact.
I dare say I should make a muslin, perhaps in that orange wool which doesn't suit me and was going to get donated, I could cut the shorter length without facings and a half width belt and try it on over a bulky jacket to see what the fit is like.

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« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2018, 10:52:20 PM »
Dizziness and double vision not great today so not a lot achieved, however have finished tracing the coat pattern pieces (which all seem huge, but I suppose it is a knee length coat in a plus size...) and pinned them to my test fabric and worked some more debating layouts but with a tape measure.
Hopefully Thursday night I can cut out the test jacket and Friday I could start sewing it, then next week I could start working out alterations and layout in earnest.

After the coat I want to make some dark teal trousers hopefully I can achieve all that during January. After that I think I'll be ready to sew a new colour, probably brown.


Wore the 29th December teal top again today (as soon as it was out of the laundry) and I love it. I did try wearing the teal linen trousers too, but that only lasted a few hours as they were suprisingly scratchy, maybe they'll soften up after a wash?

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« Reply #37 on: January 12, 2018, 10:42:23 PM »

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DE9YwzYA-EQ/Wkyfcxp5geI/AAAAAAAAKsQ/SulZUqrcm94WjMFYExen-7pT0mid2kuNgCLcBGAs/s1600/SWAP2018Tweed.jpg
The picture (and link) above are of a lovely tweed fabric which I want to use in the SWAP, this is what gave me the idea of chocolate brown, teal and claret. There is a creamy ivory in there and both bluer and greener versions of the teal.
The idea with this is to make a simple cardigan jacket, with a collar which showcases both sides of the fabric (the dark brown base is more obvious on the other side) and maybe use any scraps to make a skirt (or be a panel on a brown skirt if the scraps were very meagre).
Hopefully the colour scheme isn't too out there.



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« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2018, 10:49:08 AM »
I've started making up the coat pattern in the orange felted wool but its slow going as I'm not that well still.
Its a good job its not very complicated. I'm not bothering to finish any of the edges, but there's no fraying really anyway as the wool is felted.
A shame orange doesn't work for me anymore (sigh).
My first ever SWAP was in 2007 (it was going before then, but that's when I found it and participated) and that year I did teal and brown with an orange accent! I haven't got any of the pieces (not a huge suprise 11 years later) but I realised that I used the rest of that burnout velvet for a new top, so maybe I need to include it for nostalgia's sake

http://ruthieksews.blogspot.co.uk/
My 2007 Jalie Top and my 2017 Velvet Top

Just shows its worth keeping those remnants!

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« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2018, 10:41:49 PM »
I may need to pause on the coat in order to sew up a couple more jackety-like things for work as my wardrobe seems currently lacking.
I seemed to have plenty of choice but a big try-on revealed that this is an illusion as lots of things are too tight, particularly in the sleeves. Some seem OK with arms at the side, but as soon as I mime a driving or typing position the fit problems become clear.

So I may bring up the tweed jacket and the brown cardigan so I can wear them pretty soon, I do have other coats to protect me from the weather.......

All I can say is its a good job I have a few cardigans!

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« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2018, 09:54:58 PM »
All three machines are threaded up in dark brown ready for my next set of neutrals.
Definitely a cardigan, some trousers, a top and who knows what after that?

I'm calling it the Chocolate Selection....

First up brown jersey with a cream paisley/trailing vine design which will be a top.
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« Reply #41 on: January 22, 2018, 06:34:34 PM »
Here's my first brown item, a paisley print tee. We'll see if this plays in the final collection.


This uses my TNT dropped shoulder top which I traced off a favourite RTW top.

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« Reply #42 on: January 23, 2018, 07:54:04 PM »
Here's my second brown item


This uses the back piece of the skirt from Vogue 2989 lengthened.



I'm sewing a bunch of chocolate brown pieces, but they may not all make it into the SWAP, however it gives me lots of options!

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« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2018, 09:37:02 PM »
Here's the next item sewn with brown thread, though as its all the colours of the SWAP, I'm not quite sure it counts as a brown item :-)

Variegated tweed cardigan jacket.
I really loved this tweed, and thought of SWAP when I bought it. That must've been a few years ago as I have no memory of where I bought it or when, however I had serged the edges and pre-washed it so it was all ready to go.

Apologies for the horrible indoor shot. Later on I'll do something in natural daylight where I show you them all together.

This is what the fabric really looks like. A dark brown background with a boucle effect in soft red, teal, soft green and ivory. Mystery fibre content.

This uses the cardigan pattern from Prima November 2010, which I have found to be so very useful. Its slightly shortened and the flare reduced. I also positioned the sleeve hem and front band to take advantage of the pretty selvedge, and sewed the back neckband from the wrong side so it doesn't show when folded over in wear. I love the way the darker reverse shows round the neckline.

Excitingly after cutting out the cardigan I was able to cut out a skirt to match, though I've decided to have the darker side visible for the skirt and the selvedge applied as a trim. Once cut and sewn I will share that too, they could be worn together as a relaxed tweed suit or as separates with my teal, burgundy or brown pieces so hopefully will be very versatile.

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« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2018, 08:02:20 AM »
I am sewing brown pieces. I did have a proper plan, but the garments don't seem to queue up in the planned order and a few extra fabrics have jumped out and are waving at me.

I decided I can give the brown fabrics full reign until the end of January as that's only 6 days and after that I need to pause, take some photos and re-evaluate, and refocus on the overall SWAP plan. I might well sew some more brown then anyway, but at the moment I'm having a little bit of creative craziness.

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« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2018, 10:59:15 PM »
Had a bad dizzy day today so napped and watched TV but not much progress sewing wise.

I have a wool skirt nearly finished and some cord trousers nearly finished and another top partly constructed.
I can't sew things as fast as I can think them up, but that's almost always the case with sewing plans.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow and to finish some things off.

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« Reply #46 on: January 26, 2018, 05:27:49 PM »
Dear SWAPpers and interested parties, if you like to comment on which underlay you think is prettiest for my variegated teal and brown stretch lace, I have a whole load of options on another thread here
http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php?topic=1382.0

I have been a bit fuzzy headed today, but better than yesterday so whilst we debate the underlays I will try to finish something off. I think the lined wool skirt is favourite, though its turned out really heavy so very much a winter garment.

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« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
I have just finished a lined skirt in the same tweed fabric.

Uses Butterick 3972 OOP View A (centre), lengthened slightly and with the fringed selvedge added to the hem.

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« Reply #48 on: January 26, 2018, 10:28:16 PM »
Chocolate brown stretch jumbo corduroy trousers are also finished.

They are the Style Barb with the legs slightly flared. I've left all the length and done an enormous hem just in case they shrink a bit in the wash, then i can let them down slightly. The colour in this photo is much more realistic (the corduroy skirt is made from the same fabric). I'll do some better photos next week some time.

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« Reply #49 on: February 03, 2018, 08:48:30 AM »

This is a plain brown top, from a soft viscose jersey, and the same pattern as all the other tops recently (traced from RTW).
This top works great as a more background piece, under various jackets and tops, and with brown or brown based bottoms and giving some of my interesting necklaces an appropriate backdrop.
The previous plain brown top wore out and left a wardrobe hole, so this should get into rotation pretty quickly.
It probably is going to be in SWAP as one of the brown pieces.

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« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2018, 08:50:04 AM »

This is the same drop shouldered knit top pattern traced from RTW as all tops I've sewn recently.
Its a loose fitting style with slimmer sleeves which is working very well for me at the moment, so I just keep sewing more of them.

This is the bottom left fabric from my late december fabric purchases, so happily hasn't languished in the Fabric Resources for too long before getting sewn up.
This doesn't play well with absolutely everything so won't be featured in the SWAP.

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« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2018, 08:53:17 AM »


This is a two layer top with a muted teal (variegated turquoise and brown) underlayer and a lace top layer.



I'm quite happy with the colour of the underlay, but the two fabrics together are quite thick, so I feel rather like I've sewn myself a lace sweatshirt.
I'll still wear it, but the lesson learned from this is when using a fabric to underline stretch lace, choose something as thin, drapey and stretchy as the lace itself. I'm not sure this one plays very nicely with other SWAP things either so this probaby won't be included.

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« Reply #52 on: February 03, 2018, 08:56:15 AM »

The fabric is a stretch woven with a variegated stripe in white, yellow and orange. Orange isn't in my palette now so these will need to be worn with ivory and brown garments and gold tone jewellery. The stripe is far enough from my face for it to be OK I think.

The pattern used is Burda Style magazine 04/2009 #134.

This is a pull on trouser pattern for stretch wovens only.  I used a stretch woven mystery fabric with stripes running across the fabric and stretch in both directions. I cut it with the stripes running up and down the leg, ie crosswise and this worked out well.

The fabric was purchased years ago and has been used once already to make a pair of trousers (which got too tight) and there was also a skirt cut out but never sewn up. There are only tiny scraps left now.

I traced the size 46, but modified it slightly by overlaying New Look 6216 and adding the extra at the inner front thigh and back side hip, though I'm not sure that's really needed in this stretchy fabric.
I like the way the front and back darts give more shaping to an elasticated waist trouser than usual, and also how the elastic can be stitched down in 8 places rather than just 4. This really keeps the elastic secure but would make it harder to alter or replace.

The bootcut shape is probably a bit old fashioned these days but it would be easy enough to taper the leg slightly. I did blind hem stitching on the hem. I used 2" elastic in the waist and a 2" hem.

I plan several more of these in brown with a copper stripe and a plain dark brown, these other two should work better with the SWAP, with the dark brown pair hopefully being in the SWAP, we shall see!

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« Reply #53 on: February 05, 2018, 08:52:31 PM »
Burda Style magazine 04/2009 #134 Copper Stripe Trousers

I used the same pattern again with the same alterations this time with a strange very stretchy metallic stripe fabric from deep in the fabric collection. The fabric had an unbalanced stripe, so I cut the pieces single layer and rotated through 180 degrees to cut the left and right so they are mirror images of each other. I felt that gave a more balanced stripe effect to the finished trousers. I am pleased with how that worked although it was fiddly to cut out.

I also chose to use the side of the fabric which was mostly dark brown with a bit of copper as the right side and used the much shiner side as the wrong side (I suspect this is the opposite of the original manufacture as some copper chenille stripes are now on the inside also), however I felt this would be more wearable than the full metallic version.

As before the stripe ran across the fabric and the stretch down, so I've cut here on the cross grain.
There is some fabric left but so far I've not decided what it will be, though it is currently leaning towards a jacket of some sort. It very much did not want to be a skirt so I didn't push it.

I'm not sure if these are going to make it into SWAP or not, they don't play well with everything.

I had hoped to make this pattern a few more times but it needs 2.5 metres of fabric and the lengths I tried were 2.2 and 2.0 and were never going to work with this pattern, so they may appear as a different style.

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« Reply #54 on: February 06, 2018, 03:51:05 PM »
I've cut out the tissue for the cardigan pattern I'm planning on using for Spring 6PAC and SWAP, which is New Look 6786, though I think I shall leave off the buttons and belt.
There are cardigans all over the internet with the young set, mostly using some indie pattern that $14 as a PDF (Blackwood cardigan), which reminded me of this NL pattern, so I found it in the pattern boxes and cut it out.
Similarly to the Blackwood is has hem and sleeve bands and a front band and they are 1:1 not strtched bands. However the sleeve is quite loose at the wrist so I might decide to narrow that down.




I am planning on making this in plain brown sweater knit and also in a print sweater knit with plain brown bands (I have a lot less of the print). Have to see how that works out. The only question is whether I want to make a test garment first before I cut out the sweater knits, and I think maybe it would be a good idea, but it would be easiest if it used brown thread..... off to hunt in the fabric shelves.

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« Reply #55 on: February 07, 2018, 09:19:49 PM »
I made the cardigan from New look 6786 as per the pattern, with several minor exceptions.
Firstly I cut the entire cardigan from one fabric, rather than using a contrast fabric for the bands.
Secondly I cut the sleeve bands with the stretch going round the arm rather than the other direction as per the pattern piece and layout diagram.
I also left off the belt and buttond and buttonholes

The picture on the hanger is more accurate for the colour, but the picture laid out on the floor shows the garment shape better.

Slightly unhelpfully my living room carpet is also brown!

I wanted to test this before I cut into the sweater knits I really want made into cardigans, and I also did not want to rethread the machines, so I went through the brown fabrics and decided to go with this brown viscose tie dye fabric. I loved this fabric so much I turned out to have bought the same fabric twice, in different places at different times and at different prices. So I was OK with using one of them to test the cardigan pattern, however its a bit thin really and a ponte or sweater knit would definitely be better.

I have a few things I would change for the next version, so here are my observations.

The bands are all different widths and don't feel particuarly substantial. I would probably like them all wider (maybe not the hem band). In comparison to the Blackwood cardigan (which I don't have but I've seen lots of pictures of them made up), the bands are all narrower and the front is a different shape (unsuprisingly).
The sleeves are not full length, and they are very wide at the end. The sleeve would be better longer and more tapered towards the wrist. The sleeve bands should be replaced with cuffs which are broder but tighter.
If I am not going to make the buttons and buttonholes, then the curve of the front should be altered.
I made the largest size (an 18) and its quite loose, however this may be needed in a thicker fabric

I will still wear my tie dye brown version, probably in the summer as a lightweight coverup as its very thin.  On this version, I am wondering about removing the hem bands, tapering the sleeves and adding deep cuffs to bring the length more to my preference.
It needs pressing or the bands somehow topstitching, though I think zigzag stitch would look wrong on this fabric (would be ok on something thicker), straight stitch would stretch out too much and the coverhem might struggle with all the layers at the seams.
It was definitely a useful exercise and I can make something I like even better the next time I use this pattern.
I'm not sure whether I will now make a tee shirt out of the rest of the tie dye fabric (and make the belt for the cardigan having decided not to!) or go straight ahead to making the planned cardigans.

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« Reply #56 on: February 12, 2018, 05:50:10 PM »
It is another version of my drop shoulder tee with curved hem (traced from RTW), this time in the same chocolate tie dye fabric I used for the cardigan.

I actually used the other piece of tie dye fabric, but they work really well together and you can't tell I bought them from different sources, its definitely the same fabric.

I also made a belt for the cardigan which I cut out of this second piece of fabric, I need to revisit the cardigan and see what alterations I want to make to it to be really happy with it.

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« Reply #57 on: February 13, 2018, 07:31:23 AM »
The fabric for this top has been in the stash (aka resources) for a long time. A really long time, and as such I have no memory of where I bought it.
It has been out for audition many times, but the semi sheer nature of the darker stripes coupled with the tie dye effect made it a bit tricky. However I decided that given I'm sewing anything I can with brown thread this was an ideal candidate.

After the lace tee came out really thick when I lined it, I decided that I'll just wear a cami under this one and not line it.
I added a neckband cut from the brown tie dye fabric as the colour seemed similar enough, as the semi sheer fabric was not going to work as a neckband. It seems slightly heavy in comparison but works OK I think.
The sleeves and hem are just serged, though I did have to turn the differential feed on the serger down to 0.7 to get a reasonable finish, I couldn't leave the edges unfinished as the sheer section does ladder slightly. I can always coverhem or zigzag later if I feel that would give a better finish.

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« Reply #58 on: February 13, 2018, 09:56:51 PM »
I carried on sewing chocloate brown and here's an open front cardiganin the tie dye semi sheer floral mystery fabric.

This has used another 2 metres, and is adapted from my old favourite pattern from Prima magazine November 2010.

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« Reply #59 on: February 14, 2018, 10:35:43 PM »
I bought this throw from Ikea a while back, they still sell the throws though not in this brown multi colourway anymore.

My throw was very crumpled from the tight packaging, so I washed it and allowed it to air dry, then spread it out and cut out a jacket from that Prima pattern, using the finished edges for the hem, front edge and sleeve hems.


https://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/chocolate-obsession-continues-cardigan.html

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« Reply #60 on: February 15, 2018, 07:52:04 PM »
I am absolutely on a roll with the brown items. Here's today's latest piece, a chocolate lace cardigan.

The latest one is a lace remnant that has been in the stash for a long time. It was a slightly odd shape and the selvedge was missing from one side. However the cotton lace weave is nicely stable and symmetrical, and the remaining selvedge was in good condition. So once again I used my adapted version of the cardigan jacket from Prima magazine November 2010.

I folded the fabric first of all to cut the neckband seam on the fold and the centre front on the selvedge, this meant I did not need to have a seam at the back, and as the lace is symmetrical the two fronts (which are all one piece) look the same. I cut the sleeves out next to the fronts and coverhemmed them. I refolded the remaining (strangely shaped) piece and cut out the back on the fold, with the pattern going the same direction as the front which I was super pleased about.

The lace doesn't fray, so for now I have left the main hem raw as coverhemming would show where the collar folds back. I also don't really want to loose much length due to fabric limitations.
I do have a piece of lace fabric left over which might be enough for a front on a mixed fabric tee in future.

We are now up to ten pieces in the February Chcocolate collection.

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« Reply #61 on: February 19, 2018, 10:12:39 PM »
The sewing seems to have paused but I'm still obsessed with brown.
I've spent some time this evening using leather dye to turn my Clarks tan brogues into dark brown ones. It has worked really well, though is quite a messy thing to do.
I have set up my conservatory with a plastic covering on the table and am keeping messy things in there.
Once I am happy with the finish I'll need to use the super moisturising shoe cream and then a layer of polish on them.

I have three options of brown things to work on next
- cardigans, but I need to make some changes to the pattern I used after the test
- trousers, but I need to make some changes to the pattern I used after the tests
- multi fabric top using up scraps form earlier tops

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« Reply #62 on: February 21, 2018, 07:35:06 AM »
I have got into tidying and then into leather dyeing for shoes and haven't been sewing. The machines are still set up in brown though so I am thinking cardigans. At the end of Feb I'll probably change colours to something else. I've got a week.

After the cardigans I do actually need to face up to trousers, maybe brown (perhaps early March) and then dark teal. Or ivory and sew some ivory based print tees.

Then mid March I want to have another proper think about colour schemes and whether I'm still trying to include burgundy or not. I'm not sure what my inner designer thinkis about that colour scheme, whether its slightly forced or refreshing.

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« Reply #63 on: February 21, 2018, 09:42:37 PM »
here's the shoe dye which worked quite well. Unfortunately the before and after pics are taken in completely different lighting conditions so they don't show properly how deep the brown is afterwards.

I used Dylon Leather Dye which I bought online. It took several hours over 2 days to do all the coats but the shoes are a much better colour for me now, so I'm pleased. I also changed the laces to ones which match better with the new colour.
The shoes are Clarks Hamble Oak in Dark Tan I think. They don't do them in dark brown, but I've fixed that!
My tips: Wear thin plastic gloves as it will stain your fingers, cover the work surface and use an artists brush not the one they supply. Doesn't work on patent or gloss leather (special finishes) but worked great on my slightly tired medium tan shoes.
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« Reply #64 on: February 22, 2018, 09:30:34 PM »
I've mentioned before a RTW top I traced and made into a tissue paper pattern.
I then have made a lot of simple knit tops from that pattern.

I really liked the relaxed fit of this purchased sweater. It has dropped shoulders, a curved hem and a scoop front neckline. Its made from a lightweight sweater knit, but sewn up like a T shirt not knitted as a sweater.

So I folded it in half, traced the outline, added a seam allowance, created a neckline and the pattern was born. Sometimes I reduce the scoop of the front neckline and I shorten the neckband depending on the stretch of the fabric and how much I scooped the neck.

I made the first version of this on 17th October, and have so far made a total of 15 tops with this pattern. Sometimes the neck is scooped less, and often I have extended the sleeves to full length (the original was only 3/4 length sleeves). Here are the 15 tops!

Did I mention its a super easy pattern.

Blog post with larger clickable pictures
https://ruthieksews1.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/pattern-traced-from-rtw-top.html

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« Reply #65 on: February 27, 2018, 08:03:30 AM »
I bought my SWAP some new hangers - in a rich turquoise blue.
If I decide to also have some burgundy in there, they could always hang on beige hangers!
Or this could be the point where I decide to go for the brown/teal/turquoise/ivory SWAP instead.
Hmmmmm

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« Reply #66 on: February 28, 2018, 07:10:22 AM »
I'm back sewing and have started a cardigan in this fabric

more brown and teal. Hope to finish that today.

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« Reply #67 on: February 28, 2018, 10:08:39 PM »
This is a cardigan made from some print sweater knit I bought on holiday a few years ago.
It is mostly the cardigan from New Look 6735 with cuffs. I did some creative cutting out :-)


I'm fairly happy with it except for the white blobs, which might get patched with scraps as they are visually rather distracting.
(The fit is a lot better than New Look 6786 cardigan which is much wider in the shouler area).

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« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2018, 10:50:30 PM »
I am now sewing a plain brown cardigan.
I have lots of ivory planned and maybe some darker teal.

So this could be the plan colours now:-
Chocolate brown
Dark teal
Ivory
Medium teal/turquoise

I'll try sewing in those colours and see what happens. Still have 2 months to go!

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« Reply #69 on: March 02, 2018, 09:38:09 PM »
I had some dark brown sweater knit in the stash. It was going to be a challenge to hem it as it was fine and might not hold up well to the coverhem.
So that's when a cardigan style with bands at all the hems is ideal. New Look 6786 was my starting point

The changes I made were to widen the front band, lengthen the sleeves (to full length with the cuffs), make the cuffs shorter to fit at the wrist(rather than sleeve bands), used the shoulder/upper body from the New Look 6735 cardigan which I had altered and has a narrower shoulder, omitted the buttons/buttonholes and belt. I did keep that lower band as is and I think it works well. I also added inseam pockets from another pattern and they work well even in this soft knit because the longer length means they don't show below the hemline.

I'm really happy with how it came out and think this will see a lot of wear.