Completed: A Cardigan, a Skirt, and a Tshirt!

30 Apr

Woohoo y’all get a damn TRIFECTA of garments for today’s post! Lucky you!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

For my monthly Mood Sewing Network post, this month I wanted to focus on that amazing striped sweater knit that you’re probably staring at (you should be staring at it, it’s fucking awesome). But I felt really boring just making *a* sweater (a sweater that took maybe 2 hours, tops, to complete), so I overcompensated and made my entire outfit. Yay!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

We’ll start with the cardigan because it truly is the star of this outfit. It’s another SBCC Cabernet cardigan, this time with my minor adjustments made to the flat pattern (you can see my leopard Cabernet cardigan here, btw!). Since I’ve already made the pattern once, there’s not really anything new to report in terms of construction.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

I bought the navy and white striped fabric while I was at the Mood Fabrics flagship store in NYC in March. I got soooo much good stuff while I was there, but this particular piece really takes the cake. I swear, if the bolt hadn’t been so heavy, it probably would have jumped off the shelf and fallen directly into my arms. We were like star-crossed lovers when we caught sight of one another.

ANYWAY, gushing aside – what we have here is a cotton double knit that works and feels like the perfect sweater knit. It’s wonderfully thick and squishy, and while it does drape a little bit, it also hold it’s shape quite well. It was really the perfect fabric for this pattern, as it responds really nicely to pressing and topstitching. I was careful in my cutting to not only match up the stripes at the side seams, but also the stripes blending into the sleeve cuffs and hem bands. The neckband is actually the same striped fabric – I just positioned the pattern piece so that the widest navy stripe was the only thing that showed when it’s folded in half. I knew I wanted a solid color at that neckband, but I didn’t want to try to color match, because nope.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Because the striped knit is so thick, it was a bit of a beast to manhandle. Cutting it was painful (I REALLY need to get my scissors sharpened, dammit!) and the sewn seams were lumpy and wavy before I pressed them. It’s super important to press if you’re dealing with a fabric like this – the flatness is what makes the finished piece look so polished. Topstitching down the seam allowances also helped. As with my last cardigan, I used the straight stitch on my machine and a walking foot. The rest of the seams are serged.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

The skirt is another one of my beloved Hollyburn skirts. I cannot stress this enough, but I LOOVE this pattern. SO MUCH. As soon as I finished the denim polka dot Hollyburn, I started lurking hard for a yellow twill to make another one. I really love this neon delight of a yellow, but it’s hellish looking against my skin – so obviously, the next best thing is a skirt.

I found the fabric also while I was in NYC, also at the Mood Fabrics flagship store (sorryyyyy not sorry). I actually spent a good deal of time looking for this one – I knew I wanted yellow twill, but the stuff in the twill section wasn’t quite up to snuff. Too pale, too lightweight, too much of something. This particular fabric was actually located in the denim section – I imagine there is someone, somewhere, who has made an amazing pair of jeans with this fabric.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

This is a stretch cotton twill with lots of lycra in the content, giving it a super heavy stretch. Even though it’s on the lighter side (heavy enough to be considered a bottomweight, however), it has plenty of body that gives this skirt a great structure. The only downside to all that lycra is that it made the fabric really hard to get a good press. I ended up topstitching all the seams to keep them flat, about 1/4″ distance (as opposed to my usual 1/8″). The wider topstitching paired with this fabric really gives it a nice denim-y look, which I like. I thought about topstitching around the pocket bags to give those definition too, and “thought,” I mean I tried it and it looked absolutely terrible so I ripped it out. Don’t do that.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

The back closes with a simple lapped zipper, and all the inside seams are serged. Basic stuff!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Finally, the most basic of the basics – my tshirt!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

This is SUCH a simple tshirt that it hardly bears a mention, however, we’re here and it’s here so let’s just roll with it. The fabric is this sheer white slubbed rayon jersey, which was WAY more sheer than I was expecting but it’s sort of awesome. It’s suuuuper soft, drapey, and the texture of the fabric makes it a tiny bit more interesting than your average plain white tshirt. I used my always-tweaking-almost-done-tweaking Frankenpattern’d tshirt to make this. The neckline is bound using Megan Nielsen’s bound neckline method, which is hands-down my FAVORITE way to finish a neckline on a slinky knit like this. It just looks really really good, and it’s nice and sturdy. I love the traditional method, of course, but some of the more drapey fabrics don’t do so hot with that method because you have to REALLY stretch them to keep them from being floppy, which ends up with a tight neckline that’s practically gathered.

Speaking of slinky knits, binding that neckline was about the only easy part of sewing this tshirt. Talk about the slinkiest knit ever! It was worth it, though, because I can always use more white tshirts. Even if they are see-through. And yes, the pocket is totally in the wrong place and I’m totally not picking it off because I don’t think the fabric can survive that kind of trama.

Detail shots:

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

(that’s a Sewn with Mood Fabrics tag, by the way! πŸ™‚ )

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn


Ok, one more picture:

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Only including this one because I look like I’m about to eat whatever is in my line of vision haha.

** Note: All fabrics for this project were provided to me in exchange for a review post as per my involvement with the Mood Sewing Network.


48 Responses to “Completed: A Cardigan, a Skirt, and a Tshirt!”

  1. oonaballoona April 30, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    dude!! we’re renaming this movie: CUTIE IN THE WOODS!

  2. mertxelasierra April 30, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    I know you are in Tennessee, but, girl, we should crown you QUEEN OF JERSEY!

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

      I would gladly accept that title! Loves me some knits πŸ˜€

  3. yarningoverthedays April 30, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    This entire outfit is perfection!!

  4. Lori April 30, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    Amazing outfit and love the photos.

  5. Heather (Thing I Make, Plus Rocks) April 30, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Okay, that’s adorable. Also, you are super efficient with sewing, lady! I’m struggling to finish a skirt and start cutting a jacket, and here you’ve banged off an adorable outfit is probably WAY less time! You are a sewing inspiration, that’s for sure.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

      Hahah well, to be fair, these are all pretty simple pieces to make (for me, anyway). It’s not like I knocked out a 3 piece suit with a matching duster or anything like that πŸ™‚ But thank you! πŸ™‚

  6. Julie Culshaw April 30, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Great outfit, so happy for spring. Thanks for the tip about the binding on the tee, you have now enabled me to buy from another company!
    Your clothes always look so professional, your attention to detail really pays off.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

      Thank you! My favorite part about sewing is the little details – I don’t think anyone outside of other sewers really notices it, but it makes me happy πŸ™‚

  7. Nathalie April 30, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Fantastic outfit! I love the yellow skirt especially.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you! It’s a happy skirt for sure πŸ˜€

  8. V Reed April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Oh my gosh, such a bright happy outfit! I love, love, love the skirt. Yellow Denim? I so need some of that! And that sweater is all kinds of fabulous.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

      You totally need some of it! It’s so freaking HAPPY!

  9. Eryn @ April 30, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    I love the eating the invisible food pictures! You did a great job on the clothes and that tee I thought was store bought. That sweater looks suuuuuper comfy.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Thank you! Store bought is the highest compliment for me πŸ˜€

  10. SeeKatSew April 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    Yellow skirts just scream YES YES YES! I love your whole outfit – each garment is classic and a basic! each time I see one of your Hollyburns I ask myself why I have not made more myself. Time to get on it.
    I just made the SBCC Tai dress – it’s super cute and easy and I want to make more of her patterns.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      Yeah, why haven’t you made a Hollyburn!? It’s the greatest skirt pattern in my stash, forreals. πŸ˜€

  11. Mandykatt April 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    I love the whole outfit! Man, that Navy sweater is begging to come into my closet. Begging I tell you. Excellent work as usual, and holy cow you just sewed up an entire outfit like it was no big thing. Yay you!

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

      Well, considering I’ve made enough of these tshirts and skirts to basically sew them in my SLEEP, it kinda was no big thing πŸ™‚ haha! And you totally need a navy sweater! Call the Mood NYC store and ask if they still have the fabric in stock! I bet they do πŸ™‚

  12. Marie April 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Nice! I’d hands down wear every item of this outfit (in fact I’m now pondering a little yellow wonder of my own!).

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

      Yay! You know what I’m gonna say – DO IT! πŸ˜€

  13. Nathalie April 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Wow an entire outfit in one post! I love that the stripes on the fabric are in pairs, it’s a beautiful cardigan.

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Yeah, I love the stripe pattern of this fabric, it’s classic but not boring πŸ™‚

  14. ellegeemakes April 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Okay, I just love that cardigan. And you matched the stripes so perfectly, it took me a minute to see the pockets! Three makes in one post? You wouldn’t happen to be a bit of an overachiever, would you? LOL, love it all!!!

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

      Ummm well sometimes I am! πŸ˜› haha! Don’t judge, don’t judge! πŸ™‚

  15. sewcookgardenrepeat April 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Such a fricking sweet outfit! Cardigan and skit love especially!

  16. zaynabsophiarose April 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    Great outfit! The finishing on all the items are so professional, you must be so smug when you step back and gaze at them (I know I would…and i would make everyone at home pretend gush).

    P.S hope your dad is feeling better and everything was as planned. β™‘

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

      I won’t lie, I was pretty smug (like, annoyingly smug haha) when Landon noticed my cardigan and said, “When did you get this?” and I got to say, “I made it!!” haha!

      Dad is doing great! He had to have a stent put in yesterday because he had some leaking from the first surgery, but it was a minor surgery and he was completely awake and talking up a storm by the time I saw him a couple of hours post-surgery. Of course, he’s already walking around as much as the nurses will let him. Can’t nobody hold that man down haha πŸ™‚

      • zaynabsophiarose April 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

        Gladd to hear daddy lladybird is doing well. I have visions of him running a marathon with nurses panting behind him and you laughing your pants off!

  17. Tierney Layne (@TierneyLayne_) April 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Such a cute sweater. I am a sucker for things with stripes. Also love the buttons. Can I ask where you got them?

    • LLADYBIRD April 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

      Thank you! The buttons are some old vintage ones I had in my stash… I got them at our local flea market ages ago and have been hoarding them since πŸ™‚

  18. Pootle and Make April 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    You’re all set for me made may then πŸ˜„ Awesome

  19. Katy April 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Argh I LOVE that ENTIRE OUTFIT! So much sewing inspiration right here, you are amazing!

  20. Sarah Jethwa April 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    I always look forward to what you make next, and your posts always have me in fits. You are hilarious AND incredibly talented. That skirt is amazing by the way!

  21. Elsa May 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    I’ve been searching for a yellow skirt and this is definitively making me think about making my own.

  22. Jessyka May 3, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    Love the yellow skirt.. You really pulled this look together so well.. Just one question, where did you get the cute t shirt sewing pattern? I have yet to find a nice fitted simple t shirt pattern. Any suggestions?

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

      I frankenpatteren’d it together using some elements from other tshirt patterns that I liked. The bodice is a Lady Skater, the neckline is a Briar, and the hem is an Ensis. I was having trouble finding a cute fitted tshirt pattern as well, so this was my solution πŸ™‚

  23. Vanisha Griggs May 3, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    I want you to know that I never comment but just thought I would tell you how much I love your blog. You are beyond talented but you are so honest and funny a kindred spirit I feel. Thanks for sharing with us all.

    • LLADYBIRD May 4, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank you so much! β™₯ This comment just made my day πŸ™‚


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