Thursday, December 12, 2019

Easy to Sew Maxi Cardi - Pattern 131 from BurdaStyle February 2016 Magazine

This is one of the quickest sewing projects ever! Because there are no unusual design details, it's the fabric that will make or break the look of this maxi-length cardigan.
Sharon wears BurdaStyle Magazine Maxi Cardi 131 from Feb. 2016 Issue
  Sharon Wears BurdaStyle Magazine Maxi Cardi 131 from Feb. 2016 Issue Back View
I choose a lightweight, semi-opaque, ribbed knit from Emma One Sock.The fabric has a soft feel and up close looks like tiny silver sequins.
Fabric Photo from Emma One Sock - which is where I purchased the fabric.
The pattern I used is from the February 2016 BurdaStyle magazine, cardi 131.  It's actually a plus size pattern, which is too large for me in the shoulder/neck area. However I knew this cardi could be loose fitting so I simply traced the smallest size and eliminated the seam allowances. 
One thing I like about this plus size cardi pattern is that it includes a dart. When you have a larger bust like I do, a dart (even in knits) helps provide a nicer fit.
BurdaStyle Magazine Maxi Cardi 131 from Feb. 2016 Issue Sharon wears the cardi
The pattern goes together so quickly! Just stitch the shoulder seams (which I stabilized with fusible stay tape), stitch the sleeves in flat, stitch the side seams, turn under the front edge, stitch in place, hem the sleeves, hem the bottom.
Sharon wears BurdaStyle Magazine Maxi Cardi 131 from Feb. 2016 Issue
I ended up with a 2" hem at the bottom, which is a little wider than what is allowed on the pattern design. I like the wider hem with the lighter fabric as it gives some weight to the bottom of the cardi.
Sharon wears BurdaStyle Magazine Maxi Cardi 131 from Feb. 2016 Issue
As I mentioned in the title, the fabric you choose will make or break this cardi. I'm really pleased with how this fabric worked in this design.
I stitched everything on my sewing machine using a narrow zig-zag stitch. Because I STILL have not taken my serger in for repair. I think that will be one of my 2020 goals. :-)

Now I just to need to quit sewing grey and black and get more color in my wardrobe!

Blessings!




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