Autumn Sewing

Pattern Review: New Look 6735

So everyone is telling me that Summer has come to an end. Although I am holding onto Summer and refusing to wear a jacket to work, I did rustle up this (boring) cardigan to see me through more transitional temperatures. 

I used New Look 6735. From the envelope there is no way that I would have ever purchased this pattern. It is so not me. Or so I thought until I saw the lovely Andrea from Four Square Walls sporting a comfy houndstooth version. And as fate would have it I happened to snap up the pattern for £2 last Summer.

The fabric is a ponte knit from Simply Fabrics purchased for £3 per metre. I wasn't sure how much I would like the final product or how much it would suit me, so in terms of fabric choice I was going along the wearable muslin route. Despite the super cheap price this ponte knit is soft and lovely to wear. I picked up the buttons from John Lewis. 

The cardigan is really quick and easy. I cut this bad boy out on Sunday morning, went to the pub for a couple of hours, arrived home around tea time and it was finished later that evening. It only includes 4 pieces and as it is loose-fitting the fit is simple. That said I feel that the pattern is well drafted. I like the shape of the neckline, the shoulders and the width of the collar. I cut a 14 all over and the only alteration was that I added 1" to the sleeves. 

I am sure that I will make this cardigan again. I am planning another black one that is more fitted and shorter, so I can pair it with a mini skirt. I also have some fun ponte knits that I picked up last weekend in Paris which would be perfect as a statement cardi. 

All in all this was a satisfying project and it was great to have some instant gratification, although I admit that it is perhaps not the most exciting thing that I have sewn. 

You can see my Pattern Review here.

At present I have a large stash of autumnal fabric that cries out to be paired with tights and boots. So despite the cooler temperatures lurking in the near future, I am looking forward to sewing warmer garments. And on the plus side, stash-busting with ponte knits means that you can actually see a dent in the fabric stash!

How are your Autumn sewing plans coming along?


  1. I love this. Basic but not boring and so versatile. I love fall so I'm happy to do fall sewing! Plus I agree that fall and winter sewing are much better for stash busting than the smaller summer projects! :)

  2. Thanks for reviewing this. I've been considering a couple of cardigan patterns and this one was on my list. I wondered how long it was and now I have an idea.

  3. You'll find that since you really like this you'll make multiples in different prints.

  4. You've got THE look. Nice outfit.

  5. I have that pattern. You might have convinced me to put in my fall sewing plans. Lovely cardi.

  6. Love your cardigan and the way you are wearing it. It can be boring but not on you!


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