Like my last three, this one is a size 12 graded to a 14 at the hips. I was tempted to cut a size 10 shoulder on this one, but I had not yet used a cotton/lycra for the pattern and suspected it might sew up a little smaller than the drapey rayon French terry and bamboo jersey I had used on previous versions.
It might seem kind of surprising that it would take me four iterations of the same pattern to figure out what alterations I'd like make, but different knits really sew up so differently. No two of the four cardigans I made fit the same.
Like on my French terry version, the front hems dip when the cardigan is worn open. I wonder if that is just what is going to happen with a cardigan, or whether it indicates a fitting issue, because it's not noticeable when the cardigan is buttoned.
And speaking of buttons ... I recently picked up another bag of buttons from the thrift store, and it happened to contain about two dozen 1/2" purple buttons that match the fabric perfectly. You may have noticed that they are not on the cardigan.
Yeah, so that wasn't so easy. I've never used metal snaps before, and it was a pain. I had a pack of 12 snaps and had to use them all to get 7 useable snap sets on my cardigan. I kept hammering the male sockets to the side, thus rendering them useless. I have a Kam snap press from my diaper-making days and am considering buying the dies I need to install metal snaps. Or maybe I'll just get a Snap Setter - I've heard good things. I don't mind the look of the snaps on the cardigan, but as I don't trust my snap installation, I'm very, very careful when I undo them
The fabric is Robert Kaufman Laguna cotton/lycra jersey knit in Amethyst. I've used Laguna a few times in the past and have found it to hold up pretty well. But I'm not the biggest fan of the available colors. This purple seems a little juvenile to me - not much depth and it reminds me of the color of artificially "grape"-flavored things. But one can never have enough cardigans (at least, not if one is me), so this has already gotten plenty of wear and will continue to do so.
Even if it does remind me of purple Kool-Aid.