Cardigan with Shawl Collar
I think it’s back in 2010 when the Selfish Seamstress posted about it that I bought a CD from Schnittvision… and never made anything from it. But for some reason, when I saw this fabric, I knew it had to made into one those Schnittvision patterns. Here’s the fabric:
It’s a 60% wool-40% polyester knit, and it’s from this ebay seller. This colorway is sold out but there’s another one here. The fabric was preshrunk with wet towels in the dryer, I’m sure you’ve read about it elsewhere before.
Now back to Schnittvision. I had to enter a whole lot of measurements into the software to have it spit out my made-by-mass pattern. I have to admit, since I’m not able to measure myself in the back and was not willing to wait a few hours to have myself measured (seize the mojo while it’s there), I tricked and borrowed some of the measurements from the Burda sizing tables. I picked size 40, which is what I usually take before an FBA. The software is exclusively in German but easy enough, I think. The instructions are in German too but they’re rather minimal so not intended for beginners but rather for people who wouldn’t really need them anyway. Here’s the garment I had in mind:
And here’s what I came up with:
I modified the position of the upper button because the collar felt too restrictive when closed all the way up the way the designer intended. I also added a third button, more to hide the button loop then to secure the lapel when worn open.
I’m happy with it. Now I might need a ruffle collar shirt, me thinks it would be a good match… What says you?