Pattern: Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan
Size: M-L (I cut between two sizes)
Fabric: Black sweatshirting from Vend Fabrics
...and in practice!
I was super excited when I first stumbled across the Thread Theory patterns. They are designed for men, but actual clothes for cool, stylish men. The other offerings in the sewing pattern world for men are pitiful to say the least. A couple of waistcoats and shapeless shirts with the most appalling envelope styling! I mean, why is it necessary for a man to always be accompanied by a small child wearing a matching shirt or waistcoat? It's just creepy. Nothing creepy about Thread Theory, however.
|Please ignore the creases, cardi had been inside a coat!|
I'm very glad I read this review by Ginger Makes before I started, as she points out that there are places where you seam together six layers of fabric! As sweatshirting is pretty thick, I realised I needed to find something thinner for the yoke and shoulder pieces or it was going to be a big old wodgey nightmare! So some thin cotton jersey was procured (thanks Elena!) and off I went.
|Be careful what you do when I've got the camera. I will use it!|
This pattern is awesome in the extreme. What is actually a reasonably complicated garment felt like a walk in the park. Each stage was so well explained and illustrated that no part of it was scary or ambiguous. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of making it, with the added joy of sewing with the fluffy 'wrong side' of the fabric against my hands for most it. I really don't think I can fault this pattern, and therefore can't wait to try some more of Thread Theory's offerings.
|Ooh, fluffy inside...|