Saturday, 28 September 2013

Springtime Style Arc Nina Cardigan

I have made myself another Style Arc Nina Cardigan for spring.

Spring has sprung in Australia and I have been enjoying the sweet scent of the wisteria growing on our side fence. Thought it would be a pretty backdrop for my purple Style Arc Nina Cardigan. Style Arc are an Australian pattern making company based in Melbourne. I have made a few of their patterns and have been very pleased with them all and I have noticed lots of favourable reviews for Style Arc on Pattern Review as well. Check out Anne's blog Clothing Engineer for lots of reviews of Style Arc patterns.

Nina Cardigan

I have made this cardigan previously (pre blog) and posted a review on Pattern Review. This review has a lot more construction details and detailed photos.

I love the flattering front folds and draping of this cardigan. It has a very slimming shape which is great for my rectangular figure (not much of a waist).

For this one I used a light to medium weight jersey with a lovely drape. Not sure of the fabric content. I sewed this mainly with my overlocker and finished the hems using Lite Steam A Seam 2 and sewing with my twin needle. I did have one major blunder while overlocking the seams. When you use the overlocker you lose a lot of control over keeping the layers of fabric perfectly together. This resulted in the centre back seam being very badly matched with the waist seam. I didn't realise this until I had overlocked the entire seam and I was not going to attempt to unpick all that stitching. This bugs me to no end, but I have since found a helpful tip to avoid this problem over on Karen's blog Did You Make That. I will definitely be using this tip next time.

Hope you are enjoying sewing for the change of seasons...Autumn (or Fall) for the Northern Hemisphere and Spring for us "down under".

Happy Sewing


  1. I really must get out from under my rock and try a StyleArc pattern - this cardigan looks gorgeous! Great colour ... J

    1. Yes you should, Judith...being a fellow Aussie and all. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Thanks for the compliment too.

  2. It constantly amazes me that there are still so many patterns, pattern companies and designers to try - thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I agree, there are so many patterns, pattern companies and designers out there. I really like Style Arc and it's nice to support an Australian company.

  4. The cardigan looks great and I love the colour. I am yet to purchase from Style Arc but I really like their patterns.

  5. Thanks Zoe. I think you will like Style Arc patterns.