A Cardigan for Early Spring:McCalls 6802

img_1938Yes, I know the title of this post is optimistic. Sure, there are several months of cold weather between me and Spring, but I can dream, can’t I?

This knit fabric is so soft, I knew at first sight I had to make a sweater-y wrap from it. This new cardigan is a perfect seasonal transition piece: it’s as cozy as a coat, but as soft and light as a sweater. I’ve had this knit in my stash for several years (!!). You know how it goes..sometimes you love a fabric so much, you can’t bear to cut into it.I’m glad I finally settled on this cardigan though, becuase I’ve worn it constantly since I finished it.img_1876I am a big fan of any garment that has a hood. They’re so useful when battling the elements of course, but also just to keep the chill off my neck. So the fact that McCall’s 6802 had one was a big selling point for me.

m6802_aThis loose-fitting cardigan could not be easier to make! It isn’t lined and the sleeves are cut as part of the bodice. So easy! I was able to finish it in about 3 hours. I did make one modification though. The pattern is designed to have an unlined hood with the wrong side showing. Although I like both sides of this fabric, I wanted the inside of the hood to provide contrast, so I cut a duplicate  of the hood and the front band pieces to use as a facing.

img_1968Not only does the lining provide contrast, but the facing makes the hood  warmer too. The sizing on this pattern is generous.  I cut a size 8 (the smallest size), but it was still too big, so I had to take in the seams until it fit. Also, the pattern doesn’t call for a front closure and, although I love the oversized look of it when worn open, I’ll likely wear it with a belt to keep it from becoming a parachute in the wind. If that gets tiresome, I’ll probably just add a couple of buttons down the front.

img_1900Because the cardigan is unlined, I finished the seams with my serger.A note about the sleeves: I like rolling them up a bit when I wear them, and I forgot to take photos of them unrolled. So, just so you know, they are loose and about three-quarter length, cut ‘kimono’ style. img_1947My style is pretty casual these days, so I think this cardigan will be a great addition to my wardrobe. I like the weight of this knit. It’s not too heavy, but warm, so it should be great to wear outside when the weather improves just a little. This fabric is a cat hair magnet though! Hmmm, a certain feline is going to have to stay away from me when I wear it. The colors are great though – -Not only do they blend with Dustin’s fur, but the earthy tones have just a pop of warmth that makes me feel cozy when I wear them.

Even though there’s alot of cold weather ahead, I’m feeling the urge to sew with Spring fabrics…crisp cottons and linens, maybe even some silk. But do I have anything planned? Not so much. I seem to be enjoying ‘sewing on a whim’ these days, and working through my stash. When do you transition into Spring sewing? Is now the time, or am I too early?

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “A Cardigan for Early Spring:McCalls 6802

  1. Su January 28, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Such a good use for that great fabric. Really suits you!

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    • ellegeemakes January 28, 2017 / 8:41 am

      Thanks so much! I only wish I’d bought more of that yummy fabric when I had the chance!

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  2. carmenross88 January 29, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Cool fabric. I wasn’t sure if you had color blocked it at first or if it was printed that way. I have never noticed this pattern before, but I love an easy knit pattern! Ugh, I’m getting super anxious for spring sewing again. Most of the fabrics in my stash are light and airy and are calling me to make them into dresses. Plus, all the new early spring patterns are out and I’m just ready to switch gears. Probably won’t be warm here, though, for a few more months 😦

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  3. ellegeemakes January 29, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    I agree! The early spring patterns are calling to me. My problem is that when it’s still cold outside I can’t seem to imagine what to do with linens and cottons. I’m hoping for some sunny days to inspire…

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  4. Lynsey January 29, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Your cardigan looks so lovely and cosy, perfect to take you through to spring.

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    • ellegeemakes January 30, 2017 / 6:56 am

      Thanks! Today, I pulled out my cotton and linen stash because it was sunny here. Things are looking up!

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    • ellegeemakes January 30, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks! Yes, the fabric really makes it. I think the pattern is perfect for interesting fabric!

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      • Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! January 30, 2017 / 9:16 pm

        I’ll have to keep my eyes open for something suitable. I bought the pattern and then realized that I probably don’t have anything suitable for it. You picked the perfect fabric!

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  5. Elizabeth Made This February 12, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Another beautiful cardigan! I love these colors the olive is lovely on you–I can see why you waited for the right project for this fabric. I think you did it justice!

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    • ellegeemakes February 13, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much. I do think it’s destined for favorite status!

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  6. Olga February 21, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Love the mix of fabric and I never would have guessed that you used the cardigan pattern here, looks like a real coat. Great make!

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    • ellegeemakes February 22, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks! I had a hard time cutting into that fabric but I’m so glad I did because I wear this constantly. And it was easy to make too:)

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