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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
New Look 6330 for Travel Wardrobe
I have been spending every other week in Chicago on a work project. The planes used between Richmond and Chicago are small and carry on space is limited.
So my Chicago travel wardrobe is minimal, based around gray or black pants and coordinating sweaters and tops I can layer. One pair of comfortable black shoes. One black trench coat. You get the idea. This past weekend, I felt a desperate need for something new to add to the travel wardrobe. But it had to be a quick sew project. I pulled some wool knits out of my stash and sewed up a long sleeve cardigan View B of New Look 6330 and the T shirt from the same pattern.
This cardigan has princess seams in the front and a shaped center back seam. All of these seams flare out starting at waist level. This creates a fitted look in the bust area with lots of softly draping fabric around the hips. The front closure is sort of unique, two large fabric loops, attached on the inside front princess seam, crossover and loop around buttons in the front below the bust creating gathers of the fabric in the front panels. My cardigan is made from a printed wool sweater knit purchased on eBay. Normally I don’t wear styles that bunch fabric over my tummy and flare around my hips. But I think it looks nice in a feminine way.
I loved the fit of the finished cardigan. I had a few hours of sewing time left on Sunday afternoon and decided I could sew a coordinating T shirt in that time. I assumed if the jacket fit well, the T shirt in the same size would fit just as nicely. So I skipped the "compare the finished garment measurement to my preferred T shirt (ease) measurements" step. The T-shirt, made of a wool/lycra, is huge and unfitted. The sides can be shaped, but the real problem is the front is too wide between my shoulder points and does the cowl droopy dance in the middle of my chest. I guess I could remove the neck binding, gather the excess fabric in the center front and reattach to a small circumference neck binding. But I hate unsewing and alterations. It is more fun to start a new project. So who knows if that will ever happen.
The Chicago project was successfully completed this past week. Yeah! The next work project starts in Jan in Pennsylvania. Boo! However on the next flight I take, which is tomorrow, I will be wearing short sleeves and sandals. As my father liked to say "Snow at Christmas is overrated!"
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!