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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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….
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!