Saturday, March 22, 2014

Swinging into Spring

Thank you, kind readers, for welcoming me back to the blogging world.  Most of my time away had been nice break from the winter photo shoot challenges for these new sewing projects (my house is old and dark, particularly in low angled winter sunlight.)  I decided in mid-February to start sewing something for our upcoming Florida trip and this new cardigan pattern is the result.  
Vogue 8819
The fabric is a soft rayon knit from Fabric Mart.  I almost included it in my recent fabric giveaway since I have found that these rayon knits stretch too much over time for my liking.  But I loved the tropical colors so much that even if I only get one season's wear from this lightweight jacket, it makes me smile whenever I put it on. The back seams are hard to see but they have a great triangle piece that provides a little swing in the back:

I think I might make the entire band twice as wide on my next version.  One very nice pattern detail is a curved back collar piece that hugs the neck nicely.  
Size for me is a small at the neck and shoulders and a medium for the body with no FBA since the front is on the bias.  I also raised the front waist seam 1 inch since I am very short waisted and it was previously hitting at an unflattering puffy tummy location.
All in all, a very RTW like pattern.  I have some striped knit waiting to strut its stuff in this design.

Now that I am just about caught up on my meager winter sewing projects I can also share another reason for recent blogging silence.  President's weekend in February was our last visit to Western Maryland, just after a huge snowfall, brief melting day or two followed by some more snow.  But I bundled up my warm clothes for a fun weekend with our hosts and had another wonderful visit, even enjoying the local Winterfest festivities on Saturday.  
In front of the lovely local bookstore

Ice Maidens

The day before the concussion

Sunday was grey skies with snow showers so my girlfriend and I took Lucky the rescue dog out for a walk.  Streets were plowed and cindered so silly me left the house talking and forgot my winter weather hiking pole.  After about 1 mile of walking we turned back down a side street that hadn't been plowed and there was ice under the new snow.  Both feet flew out and I cracked the back of my head on the ground.  I didn't black out and got up and could walk the short distance back but we did go to the hospital where I had a CT scan and yes, a concussion.  No bleeding, no loss of consciousness, just a big lump.  All this wouldn't have been a problem except that two days later I was lounging back home, feeling just fine but I took it easy by writing emails, reading blogs and my latest library download for hours and watching some TV, even sewing a little.  Yikes, that evening, headache!!!!  No one said don't do that with a concussion.  Now I know.  It was about four days of a dim room and no reading to get that headache to stop.  But at the very end of the month we were able to still pack up and drive here to southwest Florida where the sunshine, warmth and vitamin D has made me feel like myself again.  It's been a pure delight to catch up with friends, enjoy biking, kayaking, swimming and reading on the lanai while palm trees sway and birds sing.  So here's the Vogue 8819 cardigan in our rental house backyard:

Vogue 8819

The swinging back
Vogue 8885 from my previous post
Sunshine, warm waters and good people, the cure for just about anything that ails me.
Here's hoping that you can bask in the warmth of friends and family and also revive your spirits with a sewing project when needed.


  1. Gorgeous toppers, and you have inspired me to use that first pattern...I have had it for a long time and keep passing it by. Your version is so pretty!

  2. Oh poor you! Glad you're OK now!
    I love your cardis. They look wonderful on you. I have both patterns.I made a striped one from V8819 and have been wanting to make up the other. Like you, I looked at the line drawings and liked what I saw for 8885

  3. Ouch! So glad you're recuperated ok from your fall. Happy paddling!

    I'm another one with V8819 who hasn't used it yet. Thanks for the positive review! Must put it in the queue for sure now. Your cardis look fresh and lovely on you!

  4. I bought some of that same fabric from FM; made a dress for my daughter (which she has since outgrown) and made a little top for myself from the remnants, just to use it up.

    I've been really surprised by how much I've worn it. I didn't think I'd like it...but now it's one of my favorite summer tops.

    Enjoy your looks great!

  5. Ow! Sorry to hear about the head injury! Lovely cardis - I especially love the blue one.

  6. I was wondering what happened to you since the retreat. I was hoping you were happily soaking up the sunshine in FLA. wearing that lovely blue print jacket we all lusted after. We found the pattern at our local JoAnn's even though it was discontinued. I cringed when I read about your fall. So glad you have recovered. I love the colors of the Vogue 8819.

  7. So sorry to hear about your injury! I'm glad you are feeling better now and in such gorgeous surroundings you will recover completely. What a lovely jacket you made, great colors for Florida.

  8. I'm so glad you are ok and have recovered from your injury. What a shock that must have been! I absolutely love the tropical print cardi -- what a happy print, and those colors will brighten any day. The blue one is gorgeous as well. Perfect for Florida!


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