Vogue 1129 - The finished cardigan
thematerialgirl — Wed, 11/18/2009 - 15:24
After my last (and first) post I am jumping ahead to the results of my weekend with the Vogue Pattern V1129. Ispent most of the weekend working on it - Friday cutting out pattern pieces in Swedish Tracing Paper, Saturday morning sewing them all together, then all day Sunday cutting out the real thing and putting it together (well I had an hour off to watch Doctor Who of course!).
It was an epic couple of days - but the result is more than worth it - I am absolutely delighted with the result. See picture below (and forgive my stupid grin - but I was sooooo happy).
I used Swedish tracing paper for the first time. If you've not come across this before - get some now!! I had read about it on a sewing forum and ordered it a while back (thanks Royal Mail strikes for only just getting it). It is a sort of bonded fabric - I think it is nylon. Very thin and flexible and perfect for using as pattern pieces instead of tracing paper. I've always struggled with tracing paper as I find it far too delicate - I don't know if I am just heavy handed but I seem to just rip it whatever I do.
I cut out all the pieces - but then, and this is the fantastic part - you can sew together the Swedish tracing paper as your dry run (voil? toille? I can never remember the proper word). So, I got all my mistakes done on the nylon. You can then make any alterations to the toille - and rip apart the seams at the end to leave you with your pattern again. The stuff is strong, according to the packet you can put it through the washing machine a few times and still unpick it and use again.
In fact I only made 2 mistakes on the dry run - I sewed the neck on backwards and I sewed one of the arms on back to front but it meant those were out of the way before I got to the real fabric.
For this I used a wool knit that I picked up at the Stitching show at Alexander Palace a few weeks back. It was a dream to work with, no unravelling - and so did not have to overlock all the seams which saved time. Very forgiving of my wonky seams too!
I wore my cardigan to work on Monday and had a few very nice comments. The only dissenting voice was Andrew (Mr. The Material Girl) - who says I look like an ambassador from Star Trek The new generation. Or has he said it - "have you discovered any M class planets recently?"). But being a sci-fi geek I'm not sure that is bad thing anyway.
I'm currently working on my videos that I made while on V1129 so I will post up the YouTube links in the next day or so.
Ta-ra for now