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!