I've been having a lot of fun participating in sewing challenges this year. I made something in February for the #bhmpatterndesigners challenge (you can read about my Hug Hoodie here) and in March, I decided to play along with Ruan (@theyorkshiresewgirl) and Sam (@frugalisama) for #sewfrugal22. The goal of this challenge is to:
- Pick a free pattern
- Choose a fabric from your stash
- Make the project during the month of March
- Post a picture of your make on Instagram, tagging both Ruan and Sam, and using the #sewfrugal22 hashtag.
For my project, I decided to make a set: a tank and a cardigan.
The tank is the Lago Tank by Itch-to-Stitch. I have sewn a number of Itch-to-Stitch patterns over the last couple of years and they usually fit me really well without any adjustments. The Lago was no different - I made a straight size 18 and it fit like a glove. I love the lower scoop neck and there is more than enough bra coverage both at the armhole and with the straps. I can definitely see myself make more of these for the summer.
The cardigan is the Harper by Sinclair Patterns. I had made this pattern once before, but in a much smaller size and for my daughter. The size range for Sinclair Patterns is fairly inclusive and they offer three height charts: petite, regular and tall. I made a size XL (regular) in the cropped version.
I thought I had 2.5 meters of my fabric, but turns out I only had a tiny bit over 2 meters. So I had to do some very creative cutting to get the cardigan out of the fabric I had left after making the tank (which only requires 1 yard). As a result, I had to make the 3/4 sleeves and drop the cuffs. I'm not unhappy about the look though and I think this set will be very appropriate when the weather gets a little warmer.
The fabric is a double brushed poly in navy with cream flowers. It is wonderfully soft and light - these two pieces are incredibly comfortable to wear.
I would call my first participation in the #sewfrugal challenge a pretty successful one. I'm pleased with my garments and I've now a huge collection of free patterns!
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