A Second Layer

The latest dress I made, sleeveless and wool, may not be the most practical garment. I made it sleeveless because the fabric is so thick and the dress so close-fitting at the shoulders that sleeves would have been too constricting. But, well, where I live it is nearly always too hot or too cold for sleeveless wool. Actually, it’s probably like that everywhere on Earth. So I made this coordinating cardigan, which I think solves my sleeve dilemma nicely.

The fabric is a wool blend (I think) knit that came from a pile of fabrics that my neighbor gave me from her mother’s stash when her mother died. I trimmed it with leftover wools from the dress.

I waffled a bit on the length of the cardigan. I pulled it up to see what it would look like shorter, and decided that I like this length. It looks a bit mumsy, but not in a bad way.

The pattern is from a fairly recent Burdastyle, 4/2010. The sleeve cap is nicely shaped.



Cuff Detail

Cuff Detail

placket detail

placket detail

My younger daughter was circling my sewing room the entire time I was working on this project. She knows that, as soon as I finish a project, the scraps on the floor are fair game to appropriate as art supplies. The instant I finished this cardigan, she swooped in and grabbed the scraps to make this decoration for her room.



  1. Rosie
    Posted May 5, 2013 at 7:44 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine, I really think you are fueling the fire between Karen and I. She and I are going to have a knock down / drag out fight over this entire outfit :-). It is perfect! Got to love that you have a budding artiste in the family.

  2. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted May 5, 2013 at 11:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the art piece. And your cardy is pretty cool too. šŸ™‚


  3. Posted May 5, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love it. I love how you trimmed the cardigan.

  4. Posted May 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I was wondering about the practicality of a sleeveless wool dress (gorgeous as it is!) Your cardi totally finishes the outfit – fabulous!

    Absolutely love your daughter’s creativity too šŸ™‚

  5. Posted May 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mumsy? Not this piece of wearable art! Love it.

  6. Posted May 12, 2013 at 1:00 am | Permalink | Reply

    Although I’m disappointed not to see a ninja catsuit, I do like the cardigan. I bet it gets more wear than the awesome dress. Although — come to think of it — you often wear awesome outfits so perhaps not.

    We’ve got a house in Sweden now – move in about August – and it has a guest house too. You see, your visit is foreordained.

    • Posted May 12, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink | Reply

      Ninja catsuit. It’s on my list. And it will be so much fun to visit you in Sweden!

  7. Posted May 12, 2013 at 5:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the cardigan, too. Here in our household it would be totally acceptable to wear a white longsleeved shirt underneath this type of dress, too šŸ˜‰ – I know some people find this horrifying. But you might want to give it a try…

    • Posted May 12, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’m definitely open to the long sleeved shirt idea.

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