Having a blog has brought me many fantastic opportunities and created some lovely friendships too. Do you remember the Summer Jazz Dress I made back in February this year? Well when I made it the lovely Kim from Snapdragon Studios sent me the sweetest message about it and we became virtual friends.
Her company Snapdragon Studios released some more patterns recently and she sent me over a copy of their new design called Lemon Squeeze Cardigan in case I wanted to sew one myself. It’s a great easy to sew pattern with two sleeve options and is great made with a lightweight knit or even lace.
Life has been a tad hectic lately so it’s taken me a bit longer than normal to make it and then wait for my husband Paul to help me take some pictures when he was free. Paul is pretty busy with work at the moment so it took a while to co-ordinate a little photo shoot but the light he captured for me was beautiful. As a craft blogger I always have projects on the go and at different stages of completion. Sometimes they are gifts so I have to wait until they are gifted and other times there may be other reasons I’m not quite ready to share like if I’ve done too many yarn type posts and want to mix it up a little.
The fabric for my Lemon Squeeze Cardigan was purchased from Tessuti Fabrics which is one of my favourite fabric shops. I’ve shopped there for many, many years (they were established in 1992) but not so much lately as I live on the Central Coast now. After being given a discount voucher in my goodie bag from the recent Craft Sessions Retreat I wanted to take advantage of it so went to their online store and picked out a few fabrics. If you haven’t shopped there before it’s a great site and easy to navigate with clear pictures of all the fabrics and details about them all. The next best thing to visiting in person. You can get some great designer fabrics which were end of designer lines, shipping is free for orders of $150 and they deliver world-wide.
This fabric is a striped jersey viscose/spandex blend with a width of 150cm and is called “waiting in line”. It’s beautiful and light but adds some nice coverage for when it cools down late in the day. The pattern is very easy to make and doesn’t take long at all, I think the hardest part for me was trying to match the stripes.
Because the fabric was so beautiful and light I did a rolled hem edge with my overlocker instead of using a facing to finish it off. I really like a long cardigan with jeans and can see myself getting quite a bit of wear out of it. It’s been great to get back into a bit more sewing too and I have something else that I’ve sewn to share with you soon.
Have you made any of Snapdragon Studios patterns before? Have you purchase fabric from Tessuti? What other online fabric shops to you use and what kind of patterns do you enjoy making for yourself?