Thursday, September 20, 2012

StyleArc Nina cardigan

Two days ago an envelope from the other side of the globe arrived: StyleArc patterns. I must “blame” Robin for this. I had a few patterns on my wish list and when she wrote this post, I clicked to the StyleArc site and ordered 4 new patterns. Add to that the free skirt pattern, that makes 5 new patterns. Must say I love the personal touch of the company, a handwritten note, and because I had indicated the hip/waist difference and asked them to send the free pattern in the size they would advice, they even sent me a sheet with information on the grading of their patterns. Great customer service.

The jacket is on hold till next week, I just had to sew the Nina cardigan yesterday evening. Took me 2 hours from cutting pattern till finished garment and part of that time was spent adjusting the serger for a rolled hem and testing what tension worked best! Other then that there won’t be time to sew till next week.

But the cardigan: it’s a great pattern, uses only 1.5 meter of fabric and is drafted beautifully. The back seams are no straight lines, they have a gentle curve. Construction is completely on the serger (except for sleeve hems), the seam allowances are for that construction method: only half a centimeter or so.

I ordered size 12 based on my bust measurement and the fit is fine. I only made the sleeves a bit narrower at the wrist, personal preference and such a minor detail to change.

Really, really like this pattern and longing to make one of the other patterns I received.

20 comments:

Antoinette said...

Love that. It accentuates your impressive height in the most flattering way!

shams said...

It looks great, Sigrid. That's my favorite pick from the September offering. That plus the fun pant. I haven't ordered them yet, though.

countrygirlcouture said...

Looks great and will be well-worn, I'm sure. :-) I'd been eyeing some of the StyleArc patterns for a while, but haven't been able to make myself part with the funds for shipping...

Dilliander said...

Such a lovely, stylish and great fitting cardigan that looks fabulous on you! Definitely a favourite.

a little sewing said...

It's perfect! I take the same size and I prefer narrower sleeves, too. Keep it closely guarded lest a thief steal away with it ;)

It seems almost 3 weeks since I bought my patterns, I hope they arrive soon! I know that Nina will be a favorite.

meli88a said...

Very stylish! This cardigan flatters you!

Faye Lewis said...

That's really cute!

Nancy K said...

Love this on you and it makes the other two pieces stand out. Great look on you. Ok, I need to order this pattern too.

Jan said...

Very nice cardigan! I've never tried Style Arc patterns but I think I need to check them out!

Karin said...

This pattern looks like a winner!

AllisonC said...

The more I see of Style Arc patterns the more I like them, this cardigan is lovely, stylish and drapy and yet still fitted and not needing a huge amount of fabric.

redsilvia said...

That is one cute jacket! I love sewing up things on my serger - so fast and neat.

Lovely work and thanks for letting me know about this pattern co.

Audrey said...

Your cardigan is so pretty and such a feminine style. 2 hours to sew! Just the thing to whip up when you want a new top.

Bunny said...

Love it. It looks really great on you.

Katharine said...

Ooooohhh! You look great! I can't believe the good drafting and the clever use of minimal fabric to make such a cardigan. Wow, very impressed.

j.kaori said...

I love this! So flattering -- I need to try Style Arc patterns.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That does look great! Fun lines and a nice rich color.

Tia Dia said...

What a beautiful cardigan! Love it. It is so very flattering.

Linda said...

I really like the look of this. Very flattering fit on you!

pdiddly said...

thats a great looking cardi