Colorful Spring Separates!

Last month, I spent a long weekend in NYC. Since I’m a practical person with adult priorities, this meant that I spent 2 days shopping in the Garment District, with most of my time being focused on the Mood Fabrics flagship store.

Don’t even judge me. Wait until I show you what I got my hands on, first.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Do you see that navy and white striped fabric??? Ok, go ahead and judge. I’ll wait.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

As much as I love ordering from the Mood Fabrics website from the comfort of my own home (and in the comfort of my underwear, because, like I said – I’m an adult and I do what I want), nothing can compare to the thrill of being able to actually visit the store and put my hands all over all that glorious fabric. I only manage to make it up to the city a couple of times a year, but I make it worth my while. I write a list of things that I’m looking for, without being too specific (example: “2 yards cotton sweater knit for cardigan,” but I try not to limit myself to colors or styles because you never know what you’ll find!), but I also keep an open mind for whatever jumps off the shelves at me. This navy and white striped fabric goes both ways – I knew I wanted a cotton sweater knit for a summer cardigan, and that damn fabric totally screamed my name when I walked by it.

I call it a sweater knit, but it’s truly a double knit – a thick fabric comprised of 2 layers of knit. It’s soft and squishy and the faded navy and off-white stripes give it a seriously good nautical vibe (are you sick of nautical? HA HA TOO BAD, I sure ain’t!). It has a little bit of drape, a lot of structure, and I knew it would be the perfect fabric for my summer sweater. Summer sweater might sound like an oxymoron coming from someone who lives in the south, but let me tell you – those Southerners do NOT mess around when it comes to a/c. Everywhere you go – save for outside, obviously – is at least 60 degrees with a wind chill. Brr.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

I used the SBCC Cabernet cardigan for my pattern. I cut all my fabric on a single layer, taking great pains to match all the stripes, as well as the stripes on the sleeve cuffs and hem band. The neckband is actually cut from the same fabric, but I positioned it so when folded in half, you only see the widest navy stripe. I wanted a solid neckband, but didn’t want to try to color match because I knew it would be difficult.

This fabric was very easy to work with and not terribly prone to shedding. All the construction was done on my serger, and the topstitching was done on my regular machine with a walking foot and a straight stitch. The most important thing to keep in mind if you’re sewing up a sweater knit is to REALLY press everything after you’ve sewn it. Those thick knits can get really lumpy, really fast, and that’s the quickest way to make something look super homemade. The topstitching also helps with keeping everything nice and flat, but forreal – don’t skimp on the pressing!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

Here’s a close-up of the stripey goodness. Buttons are from my stash. Unfortunately, as I bought this stuff in the NYC store, it’s not available online, but here’s another amazing stripey French terry knit that I recently discovered online. I’m holding off because it’s wool and wool REALLY is not my friend in the summer, but someone should buy it!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

So, the sweater is the real star here – but I also made the rest of my outfit!

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

The skirt is a Sewaholic Hollyburn, sewn up in a lovely bright yellow stretch cotton twill (purchased at the NYC Mood Fabrics store, but there are tons of cotton twills online, too!). I love love LOVE this shade of yellow – it’s so sunny and happy! It also looks absolutely terrible with my skin tone, which is why I made it into what is basically the happiest skirt of all time. This twill has a lot of spandex, so there’s a dense, heavy stretch to the fabric. I couldn’t get a good press because of that, so all the seams are topstitched down. The skirt closes in the back with a simple lapped zipper.

My simple tshirt was made using this sheer slubbed rayon knit and a my Frankenpattern’d tshirt pattern. This is a beautifully soft fabric with a nice texture, but be warned – it is SUPER sheer! It was a little difficult to sew because it was so shifty, but it pressed well and I think the overall look was worth it.

Striped Cabernet Cardigan + Yellow Hollyburn

If anyone needs me, I’ll be on my boat. Probably scheming a way to get back to the Garment District.

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  • Mary Beth
    April 28, 2015

    Re striped knit: completely possible to order by calling the Mood phone number on the web site OR doing the live chat, but be persistent: be prepared for your Mood Fabrics contact to forget about you although there is one sales person who’s particularly helpful and follows through. I forget his name. Just tell your contact where you saw the picture of the fabric you want and then you’ll be off to the textile races.

    • Lladybird
      April 28, 2015

      That’s true, I never think about ordering from the store! I hate waiting for my swatches (although I guess if you’re picking fabric based on an MSN post, you don’t really need the swatches so much) because I am impatient :) They likely still have more of this fabric, if anyone is interested in ordering – there was PLENTY on the bolt when I left. It was on the first floor, across from the denim :)

  • Cynthia
    April 28, 2015

    Love this outfit! You look fabulous in it.

    • Lladybird
      April 28, 2015

      Yay! Thank you so much, Cynthia!

  • Lori
    April 28, 2015

    This outfit is so cute on you, love the stripe cardigan. It is fun and classic, you will wear that one out!

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you, Lori! I’m always trying to dupe that amazing striped ponte blazer you made many posts ago ;)

  • Amy
    April 28, 2015

    I love all of the v-neck cardigans you’ve been making lately. Now I just need to get my hands on an equally awesome knit (because the navy striped one you used is amazing!) and that pattern…

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      Get you some! That pattern is ace and it gives one a GREAT reason to stock up on sweater knits :D

  • Fiona
    April 29, 2015

    You look fantastic! Love this whole outfit! That striped fabric looks delicious, I really like the slightly faded colour. The buttons are perfect with it too!

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      The color fade is my favorite part! Looks all comfy and worn-in already :D

  • Peter
    April 29, 2015

    I love this vaguely nautical color combination — lovely outfit!

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you, Peter!

  • Sallieoh
    April 29, 2015

    Awesome getup Lauren! I especially love the sweater – what a great pattern and fabric combo! The buttons are an exceptionally nice touch!

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you, Sallie! I wasn’t so sure about the buttons (I originally wanted wood, but the ones I ordered were too big so these were my second choice), but I think they look really nice :)

  • Marilyn Benson
    April 29, 2015

    Wonderful outfit and beautiful workwomanship!

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you so much, Marilyn!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 30, 2015

    I love your blue and white sweater – impeccable work for sure – but I love it even more with that cute yellow skirt!

    • Lauren
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you so much, Sarah! :)

  • Cennetta
    April 30, 2015

    Lauren, I’m certainly not sick of nautical. Your cardigan would be a great addition to my closet. I must visit the Mood NY store soon. I can only imagine the excitement of being in the store. Your outfit looks great on you.

    • Lauren
      May 1, 2015

      Oh, Cennetta, you’ve GOTTA check out the Mood store! You would go crazy in there. The website is amazing, but the store is really something else. Wish we could go shopping together, I have a feeling you’d impulse me into buying a lot of fabulous stuff :)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 3, 2015

    I’m glad I’m not the only person that travels somewhere and then spends a ridiculous chunk of my time in fabric stores.
    I really love this combo on you. I’m a huge fan of yellow as a spring option and the cardigan is something that looks like you will wear it with everything and everything,

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 14, 2015

    I’m happy to know you choose single layer i like it. I think that you spend nicely your shopping day . Thanks……………