Warm Orchid Medallions

For someone who prefers warm weather to cold weather on any given day, I’m loving winter sewing this month!
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One look at Mood Fabric’s ultra soft black wool knit with orchid pink medallions had me wishing for freezing temperatures ? This lovely medium weight knit features a movable drape and is perfect for many designs.

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I chose the Blackwood Cardigan pattern by Helen’s Closet.

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This pattern is very well designed with minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests.

Having sewn the pattern once before, I chose to make some design alterations to let this fabric shine! The front band and sleeve cuffs were sewn in a contrasting fabric – a black rib knit from Mood. In order to avoid disrupting the medallion pattern, I omitted the lower band and extended the length of the bodice to match the length of the front band. I also omitted the pockets.
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The sleeves are designed to be very long and my arms are on the short side. I wanted to keep the length on the sleeve so I shortened the cuff by two inches. I really like the shorter cuff and might make this a permanent alteration for future sweaters!

IMG_0057All of the seams were finished on the serger.
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To stabilize the hem, I placed a 1″ piece of interfacing directly below the hem.

IMG_8034The interfacing was serged along the lower edge, turned and machine hemmed.

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There’s nothing better for the sewing mojo than an easy pattern with a good fit combined with a fabulous fabric!

Mood Fabrics also sells this lovely knit in black with a green medallion, and with wools like this, bring on the Arctic Blast!

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Comments


  • Wendy M
    January 27, 2018

    Looks beautiful. I’d love to see your version in the black stripe with contrasting polka dots. Love this with your boots.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      January 27, 2018

      Thank you, Wendy! The other will be posted shortly?

  • Anna
    January 27, 2018

    I am so happy to see something made with this fabric! I thought it was lovely on the Mood website, but it didn’t fit in with other projects I have planned, so I gave it a pass. Love the proportion of the pattern on you and with this pattern.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    January 27, 2018

    Many thanks, Anna! It’s the perfect fabric for a cardigan ?

  • Wendy
    January 28, 2018

    Forgot to ask you which size did you use for this pattern. I love it on you. THX

  • Cennetta
    February 8, 2018

    Sarah, Great looking cardigan. I really like the contrasting band and cuffs. Love the books too. 😉

  • Lori
    February 12, 2018

    I really like your cardigans with the contrasting bands, great idea. I love this fabric and feel like I can’t make enough of these cardigans!