This should be a useful piece for early fall. It is influenced by a cardigan that I saw at the store Opening Ceremony in New York. I love shopping there, not least because the staff always tells me that they like what I am wearing. They have a lot of very wearable casual pieces with elements that bring the design up a notch. I can’t remember exactly what the original looked like, except that it had a solid color shell, striped lining, and shiny buttons. Here’s my interpretation.
The shell fabric is a cotton knit that came from who-knows-where, and the stripe is a nylon or poly knit that my neighbor gave me when she cleared out the clutter from her basement. My kids played with the stripe for a while, so it was always around. After tripping over it for a few weeks, I decided that it would be good for this project.
TO construct, I applied fusible interfacing to all the edges of the shell fabric, then constructed the shell and the lining seperately. I put them wrong sides together, and topstitched the whole way around in 3 rows. Then I added buttons and buttonholes.
If I were to do this again, I would leave more fabric on the underlap near the buttons. If I had followed a commercial pattern, there would probably have been more of an underlap.