Thank you everyone who commented on my jacket, and to those of you who patiently waited for it to get finished. Next it was time for something easy....
I recently decided that my fabric stash needed some plain sensible things in there so I stocked up on some black, red and grey crepes. This is all well and good for my wardrobe but the reality is I much prefer buying and sewing with prints and unusual fabrics. So I allowed myself to get two fun pieces, this blue / rainbow boucle sweater knit and a crazy cloud print fabric that you will see on here soon. Maybe.
With our winters being so short I thought it would be smart to get onto the sweater knit straight away, I knew I wanted a cosy cardigan and went through all my Burda magazines till I decided this one was the best suited for me (01/2011 - 126). I love the look of waterfall cardigans on other people but I've had to come to the conclusion that they do me no favours so this straight fronted one was the winner.
Evidently I had decided this way back in winter 2011 as when I pulled out the magazine I found it was already traced. This of course was a nice bonus, but I could have saved myself more time if I had remembered. Never mind, it was good to make sure nothing better had come along since, right?
I shortened the pattern considerably, to around 30" in total so it was more a jacket and less a full length coat. Otherwise it is a very quick and easy sew and there is really nothing to say about it construction wise other than I decided to hand hem it so no stitches would show. This was probably a waste of time of this fabric, but at least the hem didn't get stretched out and I didn't have to be too neat with my handsewing anyway.
There is plenty of ease in this jacket - partly what makes it so easy to make - I made a 38, my usual size and could probably have gone down a size, this is not a sleek slimming cardigan but it definitely fulfills the cosy brief. I just have one regret that only dawned on me when taking these photos and trying to find something to do with my hands - I wish I had added pockets! (Tough - I have no spare fabric left and I do not fancy unpicking anything on this fabric).