Hey strangers! Long time no see! You seeing me here that is:)
As I’m sure you’ve probably noticed (well at least I hope you’ve noticed), I haven’t been posting many sewing projects lately. I’ve been battling severe fatigue in my arms/hands and after visits to the hand specialist, a nerve conduction to study to rule out carpal tunnel, and Occupational Therapy we’ve come to the conclusion that my fatigue is from excessive amounts of sewing. Wahhhhh! Everyone’s bodies are built differently and for some reason when I “stoop” over my machine, ironing board, and cutting table for too long it causes inflammation throughout my nerves stemming from my thoracic opening. The inflamed nerves then cause fatigue in my arms/hands and hypersensitivity to vibrations and textures in my fingers. Since cutting way back on my time sewing, my symptoms have drastically decreased. I only let myself sew for short amounts of time with a couple days in between. When I do this, my symptoms are barely noticeable and go away within a day or two. If I’m being honest with myself, I really was spending too much time sewing. There are not enough days in a year to wear all the clothes in my closet! So right now my plan is to work my way back up to a happy medium and still be able to share some of my projects with you! Thanks for listening to my sob story, now lets get into the fun stuff!
I have been dying to make a Seamly Wrapped Cardigan ever since it was released as part of a collaboration with Seamly, a small clothing company located in Denver, Colorado. The reason why it took me so long is that it takes a lot of fabric, 3 yards to be exact! I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to invest my money in 3 yards of high quality knit fabric for a cardigan then it has to be for some really amazing fabric! I just could never find exactly what I was envisioning in any of my online stomping grounds. Then, Indiesew released this nude blush rib knit and it took me all of 2 seconds to click the checkout button to get 3 yards sent to me for the wrapped cardigan I had been dreaming of! Unfortunately it is no longer available, as such an amazing fabric didn’t stand a chance in staying on the Indiesew shelves for long. I have definitely learned that the hard way. If you waver too long on the checkout screen it will be gone for good and you will be left with extreme jealousy every time you see a project pop up in your Instagram feed with the fabric that was almost yours! My advice, just buy it, you won’t be sorry!
This fabric definitely did not disappoint. It is the perfect shade of nude with pink undertones. It’s super soft and the perfect match for the Wrapped Cardigan.
I really love the shape of the cardigan. I don’t know what it is about it, but I find it very figure flattering. The long length makes it the perfect cardigan to pair with leggings and hide all my least favorite parts of myself. The cardigan is probably a tad too long for my short stature, so I’ll shorten it a couple inches for the next one. After making this one, I decided I love the design so much, that I need to add a plain old black one to my wardrobe. I know, all that time waiting to make an extra special wrapped cardigan and now I’m going to settle on making a black one….
My favorite way to wear it is casually with leggings and sneaks, as you see here, to take Piper for a stroll. Who says you can’t look cute while walking your dog?!? It also looks great with skinny jeans and booties with some height.
The Wrapped Cardigan is a quick and easy sew, with thorough directions. Really the hardest/most time consuming part is hemming it. I applied some iron on knit stabilizer before hemming it with my coverstitch machine. I highly recommend stabilizing your hem on light to medium weight fabrics to keep the hem from getting wavy. I also didn’t bother stitching down my facing. It is such a wide facing that it stays tucker under nicely and you can’t tell with all the excess fabric in the front. I did stitch it down with my hem to help keep it under. I sewed an XS, made no adjustments to the fit, and it fits perfectly.
I think this Wrapped Cardigan by Seamly is the perfect piece to add to your spring wardrobe. It’s so easy to pop it over any top for a cool spring day!
This post is brought to you as part of my participation in the Indiesew blogger team. All thoughts and opinions are of course my own!