Completed: Lemon Cabernet Cardigan

18 Apr

See? I told you I made a cardigan with that lemon fabric:

Morgan Jeans + Cabernet Cardi

Coming off the tail end of a season of greys and blacks (whatever, I love looking like a wannabe-goth in the winter, but eventually we all start craving some color), this lemon fabric was like a happy little breath of fresh spring air. As I mentioned in my last post, I love this fabric but the thickness and weight is a little heavier than what I like for my tshirts. I felt like a cardigan would be a good match for the fabric, plus, I’d be able to wear it through the duration of the spring and summer. I personally cannot stand how cold most people keep their a/c’s here in the heat, so it’s always good to have a cardigan on hand that you can throw on to protect against summer frostbite.


Morgan Jeans + Cabernet Cardi

I decided to use the Cabernet Cardigan from Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick patterns. This is a great staple pattern because it’s a true ladies-who-lunch classic – fitted, cropped (well, one version is anyway), with set-in sleeves, patch pockets, and a lovely v-neckline. I reckon you can make it a little less Betty Draper depending on the fabric you use, but I love looking like a Kate Spade advertisement whenever I can, so lemon fabric + Cabernet cardigan was exactly the combination I was looking for.

I’ve made this pattern a couple of times before (see: leopard print + navy cotton stripes), so I don’t have too much to add to what I’ve already said. I made the size XXS, in the cropped and fitted version. I had to cut 3/4 sleeves due to fabric restrictions (I cut this before I even thought about lemon underwear, so you can imagine how small my leftover pieces were!), which does make the cardi a little less overwhelmingly lemon.

Morgan Jeans + Cabernet Cardi

Morgan Jeans + Cabernet Cardi


I assembled the whole thing on my serger, and used my sewing machine to do all the straight topstitching with a contrast green thread. Since the cardigan doesn’t really need to stretch – except maybe slightly around the cuffs, where I didn’t topstitch anyway – it’s fine to use a straight stitch for this. I also think the single line of straight stitching looks a little more RTW than using a zigzag or a twin needle. I just use a ballpoint needle (and the built-in walking foot that’s on my Pfaff) and it’s all good! Really, this is a quick and satisfying sew. Even when you end up stopping in the middle of it to make undergarments 😛
Lemon Cabernet Cardigan

Lemon Cabernet Cardigan

Lemon Cabernet Cardigan

My favorite part about this fabric are those big splashes of turquoise! It really arts up the lemon print and adds some super gorgeous unexpected color.

Lemon Cabernet Cardigan

Cabernet Cardi

Also super happy with this button match – they are pretty much perfect! Funny story about these buttons – they are vintage glass, and I’d had them on an Etsy wishlist for ages. I actually bought this set at the Nashville Flea Market (for something crazy cheap, like $1 for the whole set) and it wasn’t until months later that I saw the original wish listing on Etsy. It always surprises (and delights) me when I find vintage duplicates, but this time it was actually beneficial haha. Anyway, I am happy I finally found a use for these – they look great with this fabric!

Morgan Jeans + Cabernet Cardi

Anyway, that’s all for this post – I was going to also talk about my pants (which I also made), but I’m going to save that for another post because I feel like there are enough photos of me here at it is haha. Before you ask: they are Morgan Boyfriend jeans. I also made my top ages ago, it’s a Briar tshirt with a straight hem. More on the pants later, though! Today is CARDIGAN DAY.

Also – say hello to my new summer ‘do! I just had this done a few days ago (the photos you see here is when it was like day-after-salon-fresh, so still pretty fresh) and I cannot even express how much I love it! I told my stylist I wanted something brighter for summer, so she did put in this amazing orange with yellow highlights. I feel like I have superhero hair – in the sunlight, it’s practically neon in some spots (I wish the color showed up better in these photos!). It is awesome and I’m going to be so sad when it eventually washes out haha.


22 Responses to “Completed: Lemon Cabernet Cardigan”

  1. Jane April 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    You look like the girl that Betty Draper would be jealous of and Sally Draper would hope to become.

    Perfect combo of fabric and pattern.

  2. Abbey April 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Lemony cardi cuteness! Love this, Lauren!

  3. Nokes April 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    Super cute cardi – I’ll add that pattern to my list! Hope you are doing well. xx

    • LLADYBIRD April 19, 2017 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you so much! Yes, we’re doing ok over here<3

  4. Stefanie April 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    Excellent job. That certainly is a fun print.

    • LLADYBIRD April 19, 2017 at 9:33 am #

      Prob my new favorite fabric ever, honestly 🙂

  5. bethnegrey April 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    ooooh…..throw this sweetie over a lime or turquoise bikini and maybe some shorts or jeans? luv-ley 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD April 19, 2017 at 9:34 am #

      YES!! You are speakin’ my language!

  6. Carolyn April 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    Your cardigan is summery and fun! Love the lemons and Kate Spade reference cause don’t we all need a little KS in our lives! Also your hair is amazing ~ summer perfect.

    • LLADYBIRD April 19, 2017 at 9:34 am #

      Thank you so much, Carolyn! I agree that we all need a little Spade in our lives 😀

  7. Becky Thompson April 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    ****pucker!!*** Much love for this cardi! And those glass buttons? (sigh…) Dreamy!

  8. PsychicSewerKathleen April 19, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    Love your cardigan Lauren – that fabric is yummy 🙂 your close-up pic shows it’s body and heft really well by the way 🙂 I am a cardigan girl myself and I think it’s the only garment I will actually wear OUT – like throw-way finished, not donate-finished. I have a feeling your cardigan is going to be one of those too 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD April 20, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      I think you’re right about that! 🙂

  9. Samantha April 19, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    The lemon cardi is fab, but the HAIR….? The HAIR is fantastic!

  10. Tomasa April 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    Love your cute lemon cardi. Love the cheerful happy summery colors of the print.

  11. Miss Celie April 23, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    I will never forget you shopping fabric for the leopard print version of this cardi. I love the lemons. Your hair looks great. I wish I could do color like this without going snatch bald.


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