Phinney Ridge Cardigan- featuring DG Patterns Cardigan Knit

I picked the Phinney Ridge Cardigan and the Magnuson Vest from Straight Stitch Designs as my prize in The Monthly Stitch‘s Indie Pattern Month contest. Of course I really wanted to sew up both right away, but the cardigan gets first try in this cozy cardigan sweater knit that I got from DG Patterns fabric shop.

I really like the V neck line and the deep cuffs of the Phinney Ridge. The cardigan looks really cute with buttons down the front, but I never button my cardigans and I’m afraid to do button holes on knits, so I go without.

To make my Phinney a little more interesting I used a faux leather for the cuffs and I just love it.

The Pattern: Phinney Ridge Cardigan from Straight Stitch Designs in size medium per her sizing chart and graded to size 12 at the hips. This one is an easy sew and well put together. The instructions have you sew each side of the neckband separately starting from the bottom and moving toward the center back of the neck. This thoughtful step keeps the neckline looking very nice. I basted each side and then finished the seam with my overlocker.

The Fabric:  Cardigan sweater knit in cashmere grey. This sweater knit has a small weave making it pretty stable and there is a soft and fuzzy feel on the right side.

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Sewing with friends; Liana Jeans and Lisbon Cardigan for ITS Love Tour + Giveaway

My friend Diane of Sewing with D and I decided to work together to sew up two items on our project list, the Lisbon Cardigan and Liana Stretch Jeans from Itch to Stitch (ITS). We had already completed our Lisbons and were about to start on our Lianas when the opportunity to participate in a blog tour in support of Kennis from Itch to Stitch came to the forefront. (See why here)

Diane and I quickly decided to open up our plans to sew together to the entire Itch to Stitch facebook group so others could join in with us and let’s just say some sewing got done. Hoorah!

For my stop on the ITS Love tour, I’d like to present my Lisbon and Liana outfit.

I made up the Lisbon in an interlock knit that’s been in my stash for over five years. The Lisbon is super easy and fast to make, especially if you skip the buttons. I think I finished this project in less than 2 hours cut to finish.

Being on a bit of a pant making stretch, the Lianas came together easily for me too. All the time I’ve invested into working out my fitting needs and having more practice making pants is really starting to pay off.

Special thanks to Diane and all the sewists that joined us to make our Liana jeans. I’ve been needing the extra motivation lately.

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Paro Cardigan on mahlicadesigns

I have a quick review this week of the new Paro Cardigan from Itch to Stitch Designs.

Kennis’ patterns are well drafted and well written, so no worries there. All the details you need like lengthen/shorten lines and clear markings for the pleats, but nothing confusing.

The Pattern: The Paro Cardigan from Itch to Stitch in size 4 with no alterations. The Paro is a longer cut cardigan, but if you want to shorten it take care to keep the proportions correct and avoid getting a peplum -unless that’s what you want. My friend Crystal from Sewing Vortex is planning a coatigan version- how cool.

I have super skinny arms and always have to slim down my sleeves, but not with the Paro. If you have more shapely arms you may need to adjust them.

The Fabric: I used 2 yards of an abstract chevron ponte from Girl Charlee and black Maggie London ponte. Both stash fabrics! I’d recommend using more stable knits for the design – some of the testers used sweater knits and had to adjust for the extra stretch. I thought the pleat details also looked better in the stable knits versions.

You may purchase the Paro Cardigan pattern from Itch to Stitch on sale for a limited time.

The Paro cardigan should take you about 4 hours cut to finish.

Total cost: $9   Fabric $9      Pattern $0*


*I received the pattern free for being a pattern tester. I’ve included my Itch to Stitch affiliate links.

Melissa VS Julia: Pattern Showdown for Cardigan Roundup

Today I’m joining Sewing with Ti in her Cardigan Round Up to talk about my favorite cardigan pattern. I thought I’d share about my favorite by doing a pattern comparison, So…

Welcome back to VS.

A theme here at mahlicadesigns with the aim of pairing similar style patterns against each other in a friendly showdown to see which pattern better suits me, all while working through my pattern stash.

Melissa Cardigan from Zierstoff Patterns

Melissa v Julia main collage

 Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations

Melissa vs Julia 1 collage

The Melissa Cardigan features a pieced dolman sleeve, fully faced rounded collar, and roomy fit.

The Julia offers cap, 3/4, and full length set in sleeves, options for fully faced or one piece rounded collar, and casual fit.

Melissa vs Julia 3 collage

Let’s compare.


Melissa: Size chart is on website, but not in the instructions. Print/scale checks are throughout the pattern so you can always be sure the pattern printed correctly. The size lines are in color, so if printing in black & white it can be tough when the lines are tight together. The instructions for garment construction are clear and easy to follow.

Julia:  Instructions for construction are clear and easy to follow. The pattern has a few pattern markings to help line up pieces and are useful for stripe/pattern matching.


Melissa: Great overall fit. I shortened the sleeves 3in, a typical adjustment for me.

Julia: Runs small. I made one size up and ended up with the right fit. It feels tight to me at the back neck, I think the back neckline needs to be scooped out a little. Not a fan of how the fabric puddles at my hip.


Melissa: The loose fit open front cardigan style is very on trend, but dolman sleeves are not for everyone.

Julia: The open front cardigan style is very on trend. Long and short sleeve options are included.


Melissa: Time; 2.5 hours   Cost; Fabrics $10    Pattern $6   About 2yd @ 60in wide

Julia: Time; 2.75 hours   Cost; Fabrics $5.50    Pattern $6.95*   About 2.5yd @ 60in wide


Melissa: Colorblocking of collar and sleeves. Variety of fabrics can be used.

Julia: Colorblocking of collar and sleeve length options. Need fabrics with stretch.

Melissa vs Julia 2 collage

For me, the Melissa is the winner. The Melissa is an overall better fitting pattern, has my favorite sleeve style, a better fitting collar, and longer length.

*$6.95 was my price through Up Craft Club for the Julia Cardigan. I received the Melissa pattern for free from Zierstoff Patterns.

Cardigan Blog tour week

Several bloggers are sharing about their favorite cardigan patterns this week. I’ll talk about mine on Thursday, but in the meantime take a look at what these sewists have to say. You may find the perfect cardigan for you this fall.

Cardigan blog tour

Cardigan Blog Tour September 26-30
Wednesday 28 Doodle Number 5

Melissa Cardigan for Sew Long Summer

I say Sew Long Summer by getting my cool weather clothes ready.  For me, staying warm as it cools down is all about layers. I used to wear fleece vests around the house, but I’m replacing them with cardigans for a more put together look that I can wear out of the house too.

I dig a dolman sleeve because they don’t bunch up under my arms and an open front cardigan because I don’t have to fiddle with buttons. I’m not a big fan of the drappy front cardigans though, they just look a little too sloppy.

It’s almost like Zeirstoff Patterns made the Melissa Cardigan pattern for me. (We even share a name, just sayin’) I get a roomy cardigan that doesn’t look sloppy and feels great to wear.

I just love how this fits me. The only alteration needed was to shorten the sleeve by 3in, pretty typical for me. Since this is a pieced dolman, I removed 1.5in from the outer edge of the dolman and 1.5in from the top edge of the sleeve portion to keep the seam just below my elbow.

The gals at Zierstoff Patterns gave me a copy of the Melissa Cardigan last February to try out, but I had to put it aside until this fall. I liked it so much I asked them to be a Sew Long Summer sponsor. You can pick up a copy of the Melissa or another pattern from our sponsors using one of the discount codes below.

Fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:

Zierstoff Patterns 20% off patterns   Code: zierstoffpatterns20  Ends 9/17/16

Blue Dot Patterns       25% off patterns    Code: SewLongSummer  Ends 9/17/16

On the Cutting Floor   50% off patterns   Code: SEWLONG   Ends 9/17/16

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Want more?…of course you do!    Stop by today’s bloggers for more inspiration.

Musings of a SeamstressRainy Day SewingSprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La CarteAnne-Mari Sews

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