|My photographer is supposed to notice things like a wrinkle over my belly, but he never does, sorry|
Everyone needs a couple of cardigans like that, hanging over the back of the office chair, on a hook near the back door.
But cardigans, done right, can be a pretty classy layering piece, every bit as finished as a jacket when you are a situation where one is required, or you want to look classy when one isn't.
The idea is a twin set, a shell with a matching jacket underneath. As a concept I love twin sets but the boxy just below the waist traditional teams just don't flatter me at all.
I am long and need something longer to feel covered.
But I still wanted to make something twin set-esque and I had this pattern, Jalie 3248 for a while now:
This is not your cozy winter cardigan.
The fronts are not meant to meet at all and the sleeves (widen them from the elbow down if you want more room) are narrow, too narrow for a sleeve underneath.
That said for a little something to have on over a shell or tank it is perfect, just perfect.
There is a real place for that little extra something, once the weather warms up. But best of all to me is that this cardigan can add the functionality of real pockets to a summer top.
If the fabric is light enough, this cardigan is a way of adding pockets without a lot of warmth and weight - I'm thinking of taking your phone with you when you walk on the beach, carrying poop bags when you walk the dog, having your car keys and debit card when you run into the store.
That kind of pockety thing.
So here we go, beautifully shot and styled in the inside of the RV because it started to rain outside.
The shell underneath was made out of an old T shirt pattern I lengthened. Because the rayon knit was so thin I double fronted it and lettuce trimmed the hems by stretching as I rolled hem on my serger.
The cardigan was made from the same colour of a heavier knit, still very light, but with a lot more texture - one of those slub knits that you never know what you can make with it.
I was pretty concerned actually that even this slub knit was too flimsy to really hold a cardigan shape. That was one reason I chose the dropped cardigan pattern.
The fronts are doubled - that's how the the pockets are made, pretty nifty technique as are so many of Jalie's pockets - so that added enough weight to hold the shape of the front edge.
I have another version of this at home - will show you that one when I get back - and I wish I had brought that set with me too for the trip, very useful.
And I am definitely going to make myself another one in white for summer too - there are many times when I walk a beach and need a place for my debit card, my keys, my phone and of course Daisy's little bags.