Friday, 6 June 2014

Deep Red Peplum Cardi

You may have seen a peak of my McCall's 6844 Deep Red Peplum Cardigan during Me Made May. I have previously made View B in royal blue, but was a little underwhelmed by this pattern, despite it being pattern of the year for 2013 on Pattern Review.


This time I made view C which has a peplum with a shaped hemline. I used this Deep Red Ponte De Roma purchased from Lincraft.

Front view
I lengthened the hemline by 8cm because I thought the original length would not be flattering on my figure, and I am so glad that I did. I am really pleased with this length.

Side View
You can see in the side view how the hemline dips lower at the back. The peplum gives my rectangular figure some much needed curves.

Back view
As before, I made a straight size Medium with no alterations other than increasing the length of the peplum. I also interfaced the front band which has made it sit much better and I regret skipping this step in my blue version.

I interfaced the front band.
The peplum is really just a circle skirt joined to the bodice. The pattern instructions did include a great tip for hemming the peplum. First stitch 6mm from the lower edge of the garment, using long machine stitches (as you would for gathering). Then turn up 1.5cm hem at lower edge of garment, turning in 6mm on raw edge and tucking under. You can then use a pin to pull the gathering thread to ease in the fullness, and press (pinning as you go).

Here you can see the loop of the gathering thread that has been pulled to ease in the fullness.

This was a very long hemline.
The hem was top stitched using the width of my presser foot as a guide. You will notice that I have moved the needle over to one side to get the desired distance from the edge of the garment for the stitching line, while still being able to use the edge of the presser foot as a guide.

Close up of side

Close up of peplum skirt.

Inside view. Seams were all finished on the overlocker.

Overall I am very happy with this cardigan so McCall's 6844 has redeemed itself. I can now see why so many have raved about this pattern. Just keep in mind that the sleeves are very fitted and will need to be widened if you intend to wear anything with sleeves under it. I would recommend interfacing the front band and securing it in a few places with a few hand stitches so that it sits properly. And I would also recommend lengthening the peplum on version C so that it sits at a more flattering position.



Happy Sewing

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful! That colour really suits you.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Rosi.

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  2. Well done!! You make the most beautiful cardigans! That deep red is perfect for you.

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    1. Cardigans have been a much needed item in my wardrobe. I love the deep red too. I think I am a "winter" as far as colours go. I know I look sick in oranges and browns so I try to avoid them.

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  3. I agree, that length really looks good on you. And the color is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Beverly. I didn't like the shorter length at all. It's amazing how changing the proportions can make such a difference.

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  4. The proportions of your outfit are perfect. Its a very elegant shape on you, and how on earth do you find great looking fabric like that at Lincraft? We must get all the rubbish locally!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment kbenco. I have only purchased fabric online from Lincraft so it's always a bit of a gamble. I bought quite a few pieces of their Ponte De Roma when it was on sale a couple of months ago.

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  5. Love this on you ~ the colour is just perfect, as is the fit ... J

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Judith.

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