You know how sometimes when you mess something up it’s best just to stop instead of keep trying to fix it because it always gets worse? For example, cutting your own bangs, plucking your eyebrows, and trying to fix the fit on a cardigan? Lucky for me though, I think my now sleeveless cardigan (a “vestigan”, if you will) from the Indiesew Fall Collection is a happy mistake! (Unlike every time I try to cut my own bangs. Bangs should really never be DIY’d.)
Anyways, as part of the Indiesew Fall Collection, I made a sleeveless Straight Stitch Designs Laurelhurst Cardigan and a chambray Made By Rae Beatrix Top!
Before I get into the drama of my Laurelhurst cardigan, let’s talk about this chambray Beatrix top!
For fabric, I used this B.A. Robert Kaufman Western Chambray Jaquard. I kinda fell in love with it in the store and might have bought like 3 (or 5) yards. Make all the chambray things! But seriously, I’m dreaming of some comfy loungy shorts with neon accents (like this).
I cut and sewed the Beatrix in view A with the view B contrast back button placket in a size small A/B bodice. I did end up taking it in on the sides a little bit and tweaking the fit slightly as I sewed the pattern but I probably should have graded out at the hips a bit more as it rubs on my jeans. I like how the pattern calls out little checkpoints for when to check and adjust for fit. I typically sew with knits, so I was trying to be a bit more conscious about the fit on this woven top. As a result of paying more attention to my sewing machine than my Netflix, I’m super pleased with the professionalism of my sewing. This puppy looks LEGIT. Like I could have bought it from Madewell, legit!
Oh my cardigan… where to start? I debated pretending that I had the genius idea of turning the Laurelhurst cardigan into a vest all along, but imma be real.
I fully intended my Laurelhurst to look exactly like the version that Allie sewed up in the collection photos because it’s perfection. But, after sewing it up and trying it on, I decided that I should probably take the shoulders in a bit as they were about an inch too big. To be honest, I thought I could just zip the armscye through the serger again (and again… and again) until I got the fit right. But, it started looking like a hot mess and the arm hole started to be too big for the sleeve and it was starting to pucker. So, I chopped the sleeves off and started to figure out how to reshape the sleeve curve and make the armcyse smaller. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I was getting hungry and my photoshoot deadline was fast approaching. So, I grabbed a snack, tried it on without sleeves and I was happy. I call it a “vestigan”. I kinda LOVE it. Doesn’t it look similar-ish to this gorgeous RTW wrap?!
Oh, fabric and size info! After seeing the inspiration cardigan from the Indiesew collection, I immediately bought the same Striped Jersey from Indiesew. For size… well, I cut and sewed up the size 4, which aligned with my bust measurements, but who knows what size it is now after all my hacking. 😉
Top: Handmade (Made By Rae Beatrix Pattern) // Cardigan: Handmade (Straight Stitch Designs Laurelhurst Pattern || buy similar here) // Bag: Handmade (DIY tutorial here || buy similar here) // Jeans: Anthropologie // Dress: Target // Shoes: Nordstroms
Make sure to check out the Indiesew Fall Collection and follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone else is making!
Monday, August 24th: Lauren | Right Sides Together
Tuesday, August 25th: Lori | Girls in the Garden
Wednesday, August 26th: Kimberly | Straight Stitch Designs
Thursday, August 27th: Trine | Groovy Baby and Mama
Friday, August 28th: Taylor | Blueprints for Sewing
Monday, August 31st: Erin | Sewbon (That’s me!)
Tuesday, September 1st: Elena | Randomly Happy
Wednesday, September 2nd: Tara | Girl Like the Sea
Thursday, September 3rd: Lola | Love Lola
Disclaimer: The patterns in this post were provided to me free of charge for participating in the Indiesew Fall Collection Blog Tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.