Men’s Shawl-Collar Cotton Cardigan


I love cardigan sweaters!

I found this gorgeous Italian cotton sweater knit at Mood Fabrics on a recent trip there and I couldn’t leave it behind.  It’s thick and luxurious-feeling and the colors remind me of the Mediterranean Sea.  (You can find a wide range of sweater knits available at Mood Fabrics here.)



I decided to make a cotton cardigan out of it, using a vintage pattern in my stash, McCall’s 5267, from 1976.  It’s such a classic style, and I love the shawl collar, raglan sleeves, and jacket length.


This sweater wasn’t difficult to make, though I confess to having had my buttonholes made professionally at Jonathan Embroidery in the Garment District rather than struggling to make them myself.  (The fabric is very bulky.)   As you can see, they did a lovely job.  I was going to use plastic buttons, but the sweater turned out so nice I sprang for wooden ones.



I love this sweater and, as luck would have it, we’re having the perfect weather for it: not too warm and (often) a bit overcast — beach-like.  A jacket-length cardigan is a great alternative to a blazer or windbreaker.  Here’s hoping the rest of the spring is as lovely.








See you next month!

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  • Janette
    May 21, 2014

    Love the colours, the texture and the length of the cardigan on you.

  • Elizabeth
    May 21, 2014

    Love the cardy. Looks very comfy. The buttons were a nice touch too.

  • Juliana @ Urban Simplicity
    May 21, 2014

    I think this is my favorite thing you’ve made this year! Nice make!!

  • Ginger
    May 21, 2014

    This definitely has a fun, beach-y vibe to it! Love that color!

  • Lori
    May 21, 2014

    Peter, this is such a fabulous cardigan, I love the fabric and you look great in blue.

  • Lauren
    May 21, 2014

    Wow peter, it looks great! I love that color 🙂

  • sallie
    May 21, 2014

    I am insanely in love with this cardigan!!! It’s everything I want for those sea-breezy (read: windy as all get out) foggy days we get in the winter and early spring here in coastal TX! I absolutely love that fabric, and the color is just perfect on you. And as always, your attention to details like the professional buttonholes and wooden buttons really make the garment.

  • Pam O'Connor
    May 21, 2014

    I’m in awe! Here’s something very Cary Grant about it! Bravo.

  • Lessles
    May 21, 2014

    Oh Peter, how did I ever doubt you. I really thought this would look awful, but its gorgey! Well done.

  • Cheryl
    May 21, 2014

    It’s fabulous as are you. Hope my version of this fabric is half as good.

  • Pam
    May 21, 2014

    I LOVE LOVE this cardigan Peter! Fantastic job — and Wow! Those Execution skills:)

  • Camilla
    May 22, 2014

    This is the nicest man cardi I’ve seen. The colour and texture of your fabric is gorgeous. The style looks great on you.

  • True Bias
    May 22, 2014

    I love this SO MUCH! The color is amazing and the texture. What a perfect sweater to wear all of the time. Too bad it’s getting warm outside.

  • Rachel
    May 22, 2014

    That looks perfect! Great job Peter!

  • Gloria Williams
    May 22, 2014

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And so are you.

  • Angela
    May 22, 2014

    Love love this! You picked the perfect fabric and buttons, looks wonderful on you!

  • Peter
    May 22, 2014

    Thanks, everybody!

  • Jet Set Sewing
    May 23, 2014

    Looks like you’re ready for a chilly night on an Italian yacht. Gorgeous fabric and great job!

  • Claudia W
    May 23, 2014

    Love this! How did you interface the collar? That is always a troublesome thing for me.

    • Peter
      May 23, 2014

      Claudia, I used a lightweight knit interfacing on only outside-facing collar, but along the vertical placket part (where the buttons and buttonholes go), I interfaced both sides. The knit interfacing allows the fabric to stretch some without the interfacing pulling off.

  • Fiona
    May 24, 2014

    You look fantastic in this Peter. Fascinating unusual fabric too, great find! I think the professional button holes were a great idea, I would not have enjoyed tackling them in that fabric!

  • Cennetta
    June 5, 2014

    Clever looking cardigan. Great fit and style to boot.

  • Tropik
    June 6, 2014

    Love it!!! and you style it so well. Love the comparison from your modern picture to the oldskool pattern picture. Nice job

  • Pillowparadise
    June 6, 2014

    Can I say VINTAGE….I absolutely love this piece. The color, texture and it fits amazing.

    Pillow Paradise and More, Inc.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    June 13, 2014

    I really really like this Peter – you look positively snuggly and it’s a fabulous colour – great pairing of fabric and pattern! Again!