Post Christmas sewing

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  We spent time with a family friend who is almost 96 years old and his daughter.  He lives in an retirement center.  We had lunch with him and then spent time visiting.  During this it was steadily snowing.  After coming home, I spent time just dozing and watching TV.  Just a relaxed Christmas day.
Today I cut out Butterick 5394, a cardigan and vest pattern calling for sweater and/or stable knits.  I wanted to make this cardigan, View D at the beginning of fall.  I did not get to it at that time and thought with my current holiday/vacation time I would make this a priority.  It is a simple and very easy pattern to sew.
I decided that after pin fitting that I did not have to make a FBA.  I did shorten the jacket by 1.25 inches, made a forward shoulder adjustment along with swayback adjustment.
The fabric was purchased from Gorgeous Fabrics about a year ago.  It was not exactly what I expected when it arrived.  However the colors have grown on me; I have been wearing more silver jewelry of late and this fabric has silver metallic threads along with gray and pale lavender with a touch of black as well.  I think it will go well with black and gray pants.  I also think it will work with a black sheath style dress as well.
I’ve sewn the front and back pieces together.  The next steps are attaching sleeve and neck/front bands.  I am considering using the wrong side of the fabric which has more silver, black and gray weave.  Here is photo of the contrast side of the band pinned to the front:
Front with contrast side of band2
And this is with the right side of the band pinned:
Front with right side of band
Please share your thoughts about what side to use.


  1. Looking great so far! My vote is for the right side of the band.

  2. The solid looking side lets one enjoy the great print on the rest of the jacket!

  3. Glad you had a relaxing Christmas. I like the solid color for your band.

  4. Sometimes, fabric has to marinate a while. Looks like you found the perfect marriage of fabric and pattern. I like the contrasting, wrong side of the fabric for the band.

  5. Your cardigan is looking good. I really like the solid/contrasting side.

  6. Working with knits on non -tailored jackets and tops intimidates me a bit; the fitting and interfacing, etc. So I admire people like you that make lovely cardigans like this one. The colors and geometric shapes in the fabric print reminds me of snowflakes. Speaking of that, I thought we lived in VA. What is it with all this snow? I like the solid, wrong side fabric band. It accents the edge with a solid vertical line and doesn't compete with the print.


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