Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spotted Cardi and a giveaway!

I made McCall's 6408, and I love my new cardigan.

Now the material is a charcoal gray with white spots. It is a really soft and thin knit. It was originally supposed to be a dress, but it turned out pretty sheer, so I made this tie waist cardigan.

The spots are a bit busy, but this is the shot off the McCall's web site.

This style is all over the stores lately. I think the fabric was a bit thin, but it turned out nice and super comfy over all. The only change I made was I shortened and took in the sleeves a bit. They were pretty big. I also made a size smaller than the envelopes recommended based on tips others had given on Pattern Review.

The pattern is a 10, 20, 30 Minute to Sew pattern by Nancy Zieman. I had seen that before, but didn't know what that meant. Nancy breaks the pattern into tasks and tells you how long each one will take. For example she estimated about 10 minutes to sew the shoulder seams. She was pretty close to right too. That's really nice when you are sewing in chunks, or time crunched.

Now, for the giveaway!

See this? This is the tie of my belt. My fabric came this way from Here is the great part...I e-mailed them that it had a hole in it and some discoloring that I couldn't work around. Obviously I have no patience and made this anyway.... Well,'s awesome customer service team e-mailed me back and said they had put an extra two yards in the mail for me. I few days later I had two more yards of this spotted material.

Since I already finished my cardi, and you really can't tell there is a hole at all, I thought I would pass on the extra two yards to you guys.

The sticker on this fabric describes it as "Stretch Jersey Knit Burnout Polka Dot." It is 65% Rayon and 33% polyester. Here is a link to the actual listing on I haven't quality checked this particular cut as it is still in the envelope.

If you'd like the fabric, leave me a comment. I will draw a winner on Thursday. Good luck!


  1. Oh, I like your new cardi. I don't guess that I've seen this pattern before.

  2. How could I not enter this giveaway? Super cute fabric and great cardi! Thanks for sharin'!

  3. Ooo! I want your cardi, so of course I'd love the chance to win the fabric to make it myself! Thanks for the great giveaway. :)

  4. Love your cardi and What a generous idea to pay it forward.

  5. This is so cute! I just bought this pattern, actually, but it would never have occurred to me to make it spotty :) and I'm a sucker for polka dots. It's so nice of you to keep the holey fabric and give away the replacement!

  6. I would love that fabric. Your 6408 is so cute and a favorite pattern of mine.

  7. Well, it took me nearly 5 years, but I finally finished the spotted cardigan! Thanks again for sending me the fabric, I love the finished project. <3 Hope you're well!