I’m embarking on a capsule wardrobe for Spring 2016, which I’ll use on my trip to Europe in March and enter into the PatternReview.com Capsule Wardrobe contest. I’m using fabric which I bought last fall with the intent to make a dress from it, but I found it wasn’t quite right for the patterns I was looking at so it was languishing in stash.

Here’s the cardigan pattern I picked up over the Christmas holidays. McCalls 7254. This is a hybrid of View B, using the contrast fabric, and view C with the long sleeves.

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Although working with this kind of sweater knit can be really tricky, the fabric turned out to be okay. I did a fair amount of pressing, which I normally wouldn’t do on sweater knits. I incorporated some knit cut work which I’ve been just dying to use, but the challenge was I was supposed to interface those pieces. I ended up using the regular knit as the inside (facing) so I could interface it with a fusible. I used a black knit fusible to try to keep it light, and I like that it doesn’t really show through.

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