On Sunday afternoon, I finally sat down and finished sewing my redraft of Simplicity 2560.
As I mentioned earlier, I redrafted 1) the bodice to have set in sleeves, and 2) the bottom so it would be slightly flared and would have a shaped hemline, like Simplicity 2148:
Drafting my cardi was easy, but I realize that not everyone likes drafting--if you want to make this, but don't draft, worry not as you can morph. To adjust the bodice, simply morph the set-in armhole of your fave knit cardi with 2650.
For the back, line up the center back and the shoulders of both patterns, then morph the set-in armhole of your cardi with the back neckline and the rest of the back bodice of 2560, and you're done.
Since the front sections don't meet, there is no center front to use as a base point. Not a problem. Line up the shoulder of the front set-in armhole with the shoulder of the back set-in armhole.
Then morph the front set-in armhole with the front neckline and the rest of the front bodice of 2560, and you're set.
For the bottom morph, simply use a slightly flared bottom from something with an empire line. Adjust it to fit the bodice, then shape the hem yourself using whatever angle looks good to you. And you're done.
Definitely make a few muslins first, to ensure that the pattern pieces are lining up correctly, and that everything fits.
Here's my new coral cardi--you can see the slight flare of the cardi's bottom in the pic
This was actually a muslin, but after I cut it out, I knew it was going to be wardrobe quality. What can I say--it's part of my extended 9 PAC wardrobe.
You can see the versatility of the sleeves here--the cardi is paired with one of my fave white tops:
The sleeves are from Simplicity 2603. 2603 is the cozy pattern that everyone has. You probably have it in your stash. I put these sleeves on practically all of my cardis--looks chic and requires no hemming!!!
I used a lightweight textured knit with a lot of stretch. Because of the stretch, I stabilized the neckline, shoulders and the bottom of the bodice with cotton twill tape. I also hand-stitched a small rolled hem on the front and bottom edges. I had no choice but to hand stitch because machine stitching would have stretched it out of shape.
I'm rushing, so I'm not sure if the morph instructions were clear. If you need more info, LMK.
I really like this cardi and am also making it in navy..
Up next is a coral wrap top made of a cotton sateen:
Woohoo! There is nothing like progress!!!
Make this day a good one!