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RTW detail

Last weekend I did some shopping with DD, the main objective was to find something for me and I was lucky this time. I even found a pair of rtw black pants that fit! Really special that, as normally when rtw pants fit in the hips, the waist is way too wide. Only the length was too long. Easy to alter, but still has to be done.

As I love special necklines, I couldn’t resist this cardigan from the summer collection that was on sale. It’s from a very soft jersey and feels very comfortable. The neckline detail is easy to copy, which I plan to do sometime.

The cardigan has a 5.5 cm wide band (like this Jalie pattern 2566, but wider)



The front and the band are finished (serged) separately after which the band is attached, leaving small parts open. The tie that is pulled through the openings is as wide as the the band. The tie is longer than the band, as it’s wrapped around.

I think this give a nice detail to the cardigan. In this one a little band is attached (the silver one), just to give it an extra touch.  Thought some of you might like to see such a detail.

I also tried another cardigan, which was nice but too expensive for what it was. It reminded me of Jalie 2919, a pattern I made in a print that I wasn’t happy about.


Think of this cardigan in a solid jersey, the band/shawl collar made in the same color, but of a more sheer fabric (not jersey). I don’t remember the brand and couldn’t find a picture that came close. It gave a really extra touch to the cardigan and I’m already thinking of two fabrics I have to combine in that way.

In the meantime I’m working on two projects: the jacket from my last posts and a winter coat. I’m only having small slots of sewing time, so progress is not too fast. I do hope to finish the jacket at the end of the week.


  1. Nice little twist, i would like to try it too. thanks for posting it

  2. I like cardigans and I liked bot the one you pictured and the one you described. If I ever see suitable fabric, I hope I will remember the idea. I'd love to see what coat are working on. Today I will make my first bound buttonholes. Well, I am sure I have sewn them in the past, but it has been so long ago that I forgot. I also have a bra project that needs very little to finish, but I am always to tired for it. Oh well! This is why it is good to blog. It provides positive proof that you do accomplish a lot, even when some times it may feel that life is too busy.

  3. The cardigan you pictured is lovely. I love the way you described the other one too, it leads me to have many ideas, which will hopefully pop back up to the surface one day.

  4. I like cardigans too. and I really like the one you bought. It's one thing to see things online but it pays to really look at things close up to see how they make details like that. Gee, and it's gray!

  5. Great idea with the cardigan neckline. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Thanks for showing so much detail with the neckline. Sewing some knit cardigans this fall is on my list and I wondered what kinds of little embellishments I could add...

  7. Its spring here in South Africa and these cardigans would be ideal till the heat sets in, thank you for posting details


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