Houndstooth Wrap Cardigan : McCalls 7262

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Houndstooth is hands down my favorite print, even more so than stripes (which is a close second). This fabric has been in my stash for years. I bought it from Hancock early in my sewing journey and put off using it because I didn’t want to mess it up or use it for the wrong project. I think I purchased it with the idea to sew M6844, but I had already sewn this polka dot one and it seemed to repetitive.

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I’m now really trying to sew down my stash, including using those “special” pieces. So why not go ahead and cut into this houndstooth. I stuck with my original thought of a cardigan or sweater but opted for McCalls 7262. I’ve actually sewn this pattern twice previously, but both times for other people. Finally, this one is for me.

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Unfortantely I purchased this fabric back when 2yds was my default yardage whenever I didn’t have a specific project in mind. I had to be really careful with the pattern placement because the pattern called for 2 -5/8 yard. Thankfully I had a generous cutter that day giving me about another 1/8 yard, but it was still a tight fit. My front bands are a little slimmer than designed but it works. I was determined to make it work even if I had to make the front bands out of solid black ponte, which I still think would have been a good look.

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It was an easy sew once I got everything cut out. Sewing the back collar seam could be tricky for a first timer, but I’ve sewn enough of these waterfall collar cardis to skip the instructions. If you follow me you know I had buttonholes, but I got them to work for these and thankfully there were only three (don’t look too hard – I’m missing a button).

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I placed a snap at the top button location on the opposite side to kept the inside front piece from drooping.

I do wish I had added pockets, because well…pockets make everything better. I certainly didn’t have enough of this fabric but I could’ve used black or white scraps, oh well. One thing I did add is a snap to the inside front band to attach it to the opposite shoulder. Without something to hold the inner piece up it just droops down. I just placed the snap at the highest button placement mirrored from the other side.

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My first real attempt at coverstitching.

Thanks to my hubby, I have a new machine – a Janome 900cpx coverstitch – that I was able to use for my hemming. I love it! It’s so neat and clean. Finally hemming will no longer be a dreaded task. Let me have a little more time with it and I will definitely do a blog or vlog review.

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Back to the cardigan, I absolutely love it and I’m hoping the temps stay above freezing so I can wear it out soon.

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What’s your favorite print or pattern?

Pattern: McCalls 7262

Pattern Description: Loose-fitting sweater coats and poncho have shaped hemline, wrong side shows and narrow hem. A: Layered sleeves. B: Stitched hem on sleeves. A, B: Draped cowl front extends into back collar, and front button band and conceal snap closing. C: Cut on crosswise grain, asymmetrical, mock-band and snap closing.

Sizing: 8-16, 18W-24W I sewed a 14/16 View B

Difficulty: 2/easy

Fabric Used: B&W Houndstooth ponte knit from Hancock (similar here)

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very

Likes: Draped cowl front, asymmetrical hem

Dislikes: None

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None, aside from adding the inside snap.

Would I sew it again? Probably. I think I could use a solid colored one, but I’ve realized I make quite a few of these knit wrap/cardigan/poncho things.

Would I recommend it to others? Definitely.

Conclusion: Easy knit wrap pattern.

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