A couple of months ago, I was in Spandex House in New York looking for fabric for gymnastics leotards for my kids. It struck me suddenly that my kids would LOVE this place. Everything there sparkles! So last week, while they were on Spring Break, we went there to pick out stuff for new outfits.
My older daughter picked out this nylon-lycra fabric with a hot floral print that’s ready for Palm Beach. It could be viewed as a tribute to the recently deceased Lilly Pulitzer. I was going to make a zip-up jacket, but she said she would prefer a cardigan style.
I sewed the seams on my serger, which worked just fine, but trying to make buttonholes in this fabric made me crazy. The top thread in my machine would simply not pick up the bobbin thread! If I had had a stretch needle, that would probably have solved my problem, but I did not. I ended up putting a square of silk taffeta on top of the fabric and another underneath, then cutting the silk away. It was a big pain.
I adapted the pattern from a hooded pullover pattern in an old issue of Ottobre. I added the band to finish the center front.