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Style Arc Coral Cardigan

I definitely sew many Style Arc patterns more than once.  The Coral Cardigan is no exception.  This is a fairly recent release – just a couple of months ago, I think.

coral-cardigan

The website describes it as follows: Everyone needs a cardigan, why not this on trend style. It’s shortened front neck band that aligns with the inseam pocket detail give s a simple cardigan a new lease on life. Carol is a lovely square shaped cardigan, very easy to wear and make.  FABRIC SUGGESTION: Knit, Jersey, Light Ponte or any knit fabric

Style Arc Coral Cardigan in wool knit from Clear It

I really like to wear garments that are essentially quite simple, but have small details. In this case, it’s the shortened front neck band. I know that lots of people find it a little strange, but I love it.

Style Arc Coral Cardigan in wool knit from Clear It

I sewed straight size 12, which is my usual Style Arc size and pretty much correlates with what I’d buy in the shops (if I bought clothes in the shops). The sleeves are rather long on this cardigan – I could have shortened them a little. It is incredibly fast to sew. The in seam pockets are straightforward, and were sewn on the sewing machine. I used the overlocker for the rest of the construction, including sewing the wrist bands to the sleeves.

Style Arc Coral Cardigan in wool knit from Clear It

The fabric is a lovely wool double knit from Clear It. It’s possibly a bit heavier weight than this pattern recommends, but still worked out okay. It’s very warm to wear, and has lovely flecks throughout. I try to avoid buying black fabrics, but will relent for grey on occasion.

Style Arc Coral Cardigan in wool knit from Clear It

I topstitched the hem and down the front of the jacket to hold the neckband in place and finish the centre edges of the lower front. The neckband sits very nicely around the back of my neck, and those little pockets are rather cute.

Style Arc Coral Cardi in Anna Sui printed poly knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

This simple pattern was the perfect canvas for a brightly coloured print! My second version of the Coral Cardigan is sewn in a polyester double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics, that is apparently an Anna Sui print. All those colours and shapes and swirls! Fantastic!

Style Arc Coral Cardi in Anna Sui printed poly knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

This was cut out and sewn exactly the same as the grey cardigan. Because I had already sewn it once before it was even faster to assemble.

Style Arc Coral Cardi in Anna Sui printed poly knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The centre fronts and the band edges do actually line up – I must have done something weird with how I put it on before these photos were taken.

Style Arc Coral Cardi in Anna Sui printed poly knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

Prints like this are loads of fun, but they definitely require more plains to go underneath! I know that many people can mix prints with aplomb, but I don’t think that I am one of them. Although I do think that stripes are a neutral, as is animal print, and spots, and can be worn like plains….

Style Arc Coral Cardigan in wool knit from Clear It

I highly recommend this pattern. Remember that the arms are pretty long, but otherwise I think that it would work well for everyone who likes knit cardigans without waist shaping. It also works well with a scarf or shawl – thanks to Mum for this knitted one!

Style Arc Coral Cardigan in wool knit from Clear It

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16 thoughts on “Style Arc Coral Cardigan

  1. These cardigans are both great. I like the shortened band feature. You look great in them. I’d certainly think about this pattern. I have very long arms so I might not have to alter them. I haven’t made Style Arc patterns at all so am not sure of my size. Will investigate.

  2. I loved the first one as I was reading – the heavier weight knit makes it lie down really well, compliments the lines. Then I hit the print version – crush, love, adore. Wow. What a terrific print, you look so sassy! Nice sewing, everything looks wonderful on you.

  3. Love the grey one but the print not so much. Which is such a reflection on me and my style. Interesting after your last post. I wonder if my profession has influenced me and made me so conservative or if my nature reflects my profession??? Anyway, back to the cardigan – great lines and I do like the shortened front band and all the other details.

  4. Lara the Arc pattern looks great fabulous for down south and in between seasons, love the pants too Lara did you make them if so what pattern is it, they are so great in ones wardrobe.
    Lyn

  5. Wow, I really love this look. I’m usually not that into cardigans but I like the details on this one. It’s not as slouchy as the similar Grainline Driftless cardigan and I especially like the short band and how in the third picture down, I could easily see adding a button/buttonhole at the end for a cool closure. Oh, and that print one could definitely sub for a casual blazer!

  6. I’ve not tried a cardigan….and why not after seeing yours I think I’ll go to my stash and see what I can find! My sewing machine is at the Drs. but should be back soon…so just cutting out getting ready for it all!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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