McCalls 6084: Black Basic Cardigan

Front view.

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Alternate front view.

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Most of my sewing these days consists of very bland, almost boring basics, yet these get worn all the time.

I finished this cardigan a few weeks ago and only had a chance to post about it now. I needed a thin, drapey cardigan that worked well with jeans, leggings, short (above the knee) skirts that wasn’t too warm and that was black. Other than the bizarre armscryes, this project was pretty successful.

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Pattern Review

Pattern Description: McCalls 6984, Misses Cardigan. Cardigans A, B, C, D have cascading shawl collar with shaped front hems, wrong side of fabric shows; cardigan A is sleeveless; cardigans B, C, D have sleeve variations.

Pattern Sizing: X-Small-Large. I cut an X-Small and it’s still a little big.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t read the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really dislike the sleeves. The armhole for me is too large and needs to be adjusted. The sleeves are also too wide and need to be tapered further and lengthened. Otherwise the cardigan is very versatile, and gets worn a lot, even in the summer.

Fabric used: cotton knit, 2 yd 60 inches, for $5/yd

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I removed the extra ease from the tops of the armholes, but I should have re-adjusted this better.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, with adjustments.

What I’ve Been Working on Lately: Black Drapey Cardigan

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My wardrobe has been lacking in a lightweight, drapey sweater in a neutral color (in my case, black, since it goes with everything).

I had some free time Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I cut the pattern during one episode of Charmed and finished sewing it up during two episodes of Charmed, a little slower since I had to set in the sleeves. The pattern envelope says it takes one hour sewing time, and that was about right.

I have a proper pattern review and pictures coming up for this, but it’s projects like this that made me glad I’m tackling knits.