Last week I cut out my Hunter Green Chevron knit fabric (85% polyester and 15% rayon) and a white linen-look fabric from my stash (actually a fabric given to me, along with a few others, by a friend) to make my first reversible garment. I put a lot of thought into cutting out this Chevron fabric as you can read about here – matching it up the best I could. I used Butterick 5789 a cardigan pattern that I have used before here. I really like this pattern and all its versions. This time I wanted to make view B – it has only two pattern pieces and I was short on fabrics.
At one point, the instructions for this view made me think: What the heck are you talking about? It was easier for me to do what the diagrams said, than the words… sew the two end tabs together, then spread it open across the back and sew those together. (the words still don’t make sense to me!)
A while ago I purchased two fabrics – both 85% polyester and 15% rayon knits – a Chevron pattern, one a Hunter Green and one a Red. Just on a whim. These fabrics spread out are a bit overwhelming for my taste – but they were too beautiful to resist. I had to figure out what I was going to make with them.
I thought I would make a cardigan with one, perhaps the darker one, and a skirt … or culottes … or a skirt … or culottes … with the brighter one.
My favourite cardigan pattern is Butterick B5789. I’ve made my red one successfully before here. Now just to be brave and try new things, this time, I thought I would try making a cardigan that was reversible. The green Chevron pattern on one side and a white linen look on the other. That way if I didn’t feel bold I could wear the Chevron fabric on the inside, just peeking out, and if I was feeling BOLD then I could wear the Chevron fabric on the outside. I thank my friend, Nadine, for giving me the white linen looking fabric (and quite a few others!).
I have been thinking about matching stripes. I can think of examples when stripes and patterns don’t match in nature, and those are truly beautiful! Otherwise, I think if something is hand crafted the stripes should match.
I spotted this lovely polyester spandex knit the other day. It has a perfect design on it, stripes of different shapes and colours. You can’t possibly just cut and sew it together without paying careful attention to the design.