Lots of us make New Years resolutions: loose weight, get fit etc. Well I would like to encourage everyone to be more confident and follow their own style.
Just before Christmas I met Sally, pictured above, wearing her cardigan/jacket version of the Unlined Raw-edged Coat. She looked absolutely fabulous; she had taken the pattern and made it her own.
For me this is one of the joys of making ones own clothes - no two items need to be the same and you can tailor clothes to suit your style. If you’re not sure what your style is: go through your wardrobe and pick out your favourite pieces and the items you wear most. These shapes and styles are what you should consider when making your own clothes.
For a shorter length, like Sally’s, I would suggest finishing your garment 62cm from your mid-shoulder point and disregard the pockets. Once you've made your cardigan, put it on and then decide how you want to wear it - it could be belted, buttoned or like Sally's, pinned.
Alternatively you may prefer a car coat length – if so, fold your sewing pattern piece 10cm back from the overall length.
Personally I love the oversize trend, so I’ve made a long cardigan, two sizes too big, so that I can wrap it around. One thing to note if you are using this lighter weight fabric, I would recommend sewing a tape along the back neck seam to prevent the neckline form growing.
Happy New Year, experiment and be brave!