Tag: patterns: ellie & mac be mine

Not even three weeks into the year and I’m already into the double digits with my makes. Can you tell I’m a bit of a sewing addict? I’ve been lucky so far, too – all but one of my sews I’ve really liked.

And this cardigan is no exception. It’s the Be Mine from Ellie and Mac. The recommended fabric is 50% 4-way stretch, but this cozy brushed sweater knit worked great despite having zero vertical stretch. I had a hard time, when I bought the fabric, deciding between two colours of the same print – the other was grey/black, and I’m so glad I went for the purple/black because I really do need more purple in my life (and my wardrobe).

I sewed a straight XXL with minimal alterations. I took an inch off the sleeve length, and cut the skirt length (and the front bands) exactly between the lines for the bolero and the regular versions. I love patterns that don’t need a ton of complicated changes, and this is one I’ll be making again and again. Next time I think I’ll try the boho skirt length – it’s down to my calves! Perfect for wearing with leggings and still keeping warm in the winter.

I used just over a metre and a half for this cardigan, so that leaves me about 1.4 metres for something else. Three metres has become my ‘default’ purchase quantity when I haven’t entirely decided what I’m making, and so far it’s been flexible enough for me to sew what I want and have decent, useable scraps.

Catch-All Finished! Handmade Sewing