Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Fighting the Chill of the Chicago Winds in Mood Chocolate Double Knit - McCall 6996-A
Chicago winters should never be taken lightly. The arctic blast is brutal, and lasts longer than the average North American winter. Baby, it's cold outside! Everyone needs an extra layer under a warm coat to protect them from the wind and snow.
Mood has a nice selection of cozy fabrics, here and here. For a warm cardigan, I chose this insulated chocolate cotton poly double knit to help shield me from the chilling winds. This textiles sews without any problems.
I paired it with McCall 6996 View-A. It is described as Misses' jackets and belt: close-fitting, unlined jackets have raised neckline with front or front band extending into gathered back collar, long sleeves, and stitched hems. A, B: Lower back and shaped front hemline. D: Self belt.
The pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL. I used between Medium and Large, lengthened the sleeves 1.5".
The instructions were standard and easy to follow.
My cardigan is the same as the drawing. I like the silhouette of the jacket. It accentuates the waist. The long line from the neck to the top of the thigh makes you look lean, while the peplum gives a little oomph to a slender derriere.
This is an excellent pattern to use to beef up your winter wardrobe. And Mood has a huge collection of cozy fabrics to pair it with. I highly recommend both. Hmm.. I think I'll check out the sweater and ponte knit selections.