A couple weeks ago I purchased a striped sweater knit from the clearance rack of my local Fabricland. I was more excited about finding a cheap knit with good 2-way stretch than I was about the pattern. So I have decided to use it for my first Ugly Fabric Challenge.
- Purple/Gross Yellow Sweater Knit
- 2 metres
- Unknown Fibre (Probably Polyester)
- 2-way stretch
- $6.00/metre at Fabricland
- Approximately 60″wide
- Significant imperfections in the first 6″ of the selvage edge
This was the perfect material to try a pattern on my wish list: the Cocoon Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates. The pattern has several options. I went with tunic length, long sleeves and short bands.
As usual, my measurements fell in-between several sizes.
I printed pattern with the M and L lines visible and graded the pattern out below the bust. In hindsight I probably should have just went with the M size all round. It’s a bit looser than I usually wear but it fits beautifully in the shoulders.
The instructions were fairly straight forward and the construction went smoothly. Actually, it went too smooth because I didn’t run up against anything that made me think to take a picture. I did choose to some colour blocking in the sleeves with a plain white knit. (I actually didn’t want to attempt to do strip matching with a dolman sleeve.)
And… the big reveal!!!!
So did I succeed in overcoming the obstacle of ugly fabric?
- Shoulders fit is great.
- I’d wear it out of the house.
- Fabric feels really comfortable and has good drape.
- Stripe matching was difficult due to wavy lines.
- I still have roughly 0.5m of fabric to use up with something else.
- That yellow.