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Simplicity 2154: Cardigan, plus a little merino & Pavlova

Finally this is complete! I wanted to wait ’til I found just the right buttons to finish this and yesterday I finally did!


I’m so happy I waited; these are perfect! 🙂

My pattern starts at size 16 so i had to draw in the 14, as that’s what I needed at the time. This is pretty easy to do with a graded pattern; you just follow the lines of the other sizes, keeping your newly drawn size the same increments apart.

I used the 14, grading up to a 16 at the bust, although now I am finding this too big. I will likely have to draw in a 12 next time, based on the way the shoulders and body fit me now. I lengthened the body by 1-1/2″, and the sleeves by 5″, because they were an elbow length & I wanted long. I SHOULD have tapered the sleeve at the cuff because what I ended up with looks more like a light jacket but that’s ok 🙂

The pattern is great; I really like the collar treatment, and the ribbon finish on the inside placket.


I used a cotton ponte knit which was lovely to work with. I would totally make this again, tapering the sleeves next time for a more “cardigan” look 🙂


In other news, I’d like to give a HUUUUUUUUGE shout out with lots of love to my gal Emily of Calico Stretch. She shares my love of fitting and perfectionism, and she’s very talented and patient… just check out this blouse she made EIGHT alterations and several muslins for!!

When I posted that I was looking for some merino to make my Pavlova, she very kindly offered to pick some up for me on her next trip fabric shopping. Then she realized she had some cream coloured cotton merino jersey in her stash and offered to send that to me instead!!!! What an angel, right??? Big big hugs, Emily 🙂 xoxo Here is a shot of the fabric before I cut it; it’s beautiful, semi opaque, and lovely and soft to the touch…. I can’t WAIT to wear it! 🙂

Now a few quick notes on the Cake Pavlova pattern (the closest thing to a dessert I’ve had in almost six weeks lol) I made a test version of some scrap jersey so I could feel confident cutting into my beautiful merino. It’s a VERY clever design, and makes a cute ballet-style wrap top which fits closely to the body. Only two things you need to be aware of before embarking on this pattern:

  1. The hemline sits just slightly below your natural waist so you can’t wear it with low rise jeans unless you want your belly button hanging out. Not a biggie if you’re a young sassy teen but not exactly office appropriate for a classy woman in her thirties 😉
  2. The main pattern piece is HUGE. I had trouble finding a surface big enough to cut it, and for my test version, I ended up cutting part, sliding it over and then cutting the other part. Fortunately while foraging for clear buttons I found THIS:


(even the cat loves it!)

This is one of the BEST purchases I’ve ever made! This plus my beloved serrated scissors made cutting my merino Pavlova last night truly a pleasure 🙂

So I probably would have posted this blog update sooner but…..
I started a new job this week!! 🙂
Between trying to juggle a newly hectic schedule and fighting through the last two weeks of this diet, it’s barely left me time for anything else.

The hardest part was working a full week with barely ANY wardrobe… Nothing fits and I’m still losing weight so I wanted to wait to buy anything tailored. I did get one top and a pair of black dress pants with some stretch; between that and the few me-mades I have that fit, I made it through 🙂 I’m gonna have to break down and buy a couple pair of trou when my diet is over next week though; I can’t sew that fast, and I’m still figuring out pant fitting 🙂 Bottoms aren’t hard for me to find RTW, anyway, as long as I avoid styles that fit right at the waist. Anything involving the bust or waist though, I’m still gonna have to sew… aww darn, right? 😉

So I am gonna get this Pavlova knocked out, take in my recent DKNY wrap dress (it’s too big now lol) and then I’ll share my new SWAP with you all! Stay tuned! 🙂

A happy problem… but a problem nonetheless

So an update on my cardi, folks (and hopefully you’ll understand) but I got to the end, was about to attach my buttons, and decided I don’t like them – at least, not for this project. I had some basic red buttons to match my fabric but the cardi has kind of a boxy, vintage look (probably because it’s from a vintage style pattern hyuk hyuk) and I thought it would look much cuter with little clear buttons. They don’t have to be vintage glass but at least reminiscent of it… so until I find the right buttons, there it hangs unfinished lol.

Now onto my happy problem. I’ve lost a bunch of weight, yo. And I’m still losing. None of my clothes fit me – including all my me-mades – which is kinda unfortunate, and leaves me with pretty much nothing to wear. I don’t want to buy or make anything new ’cause I’m still planning on losing more, but what do I do in the meantime?

Well I figured I could get started on a muslin for the Cake Pavlova top, as it’s on my SWAP list, and it is a form fitting wrap top made from jersey. If it’s a bit loose in the future, I can just tie it a bit tighter 🙂


I have some scrap jersey so I can test out the sizing at least and this will also give me an idea of what to work with for the Tiramisu when I get there 🙂

So making Clovers is out for awhile, but I thought maybe after the Pavlova I might do a quick wrap skirt or two – same idea as the top in terms of now/future fitting. What do you guys think for those ideas, to tie me over? 🙂