Pattern: Jalie Pleated Cardigan
Fabric: Rayon burnout jersey from fabric.com, 2 yards
Top: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Shorts: Charlotte Russe
Tights: Forever 21
Black is notoriously hard to photograph, but I did my best here! I have been meaning to make this cardigan since I first saw it. I’m a big fan of the current trend for big drapey cardigans. I usually wear them with a big belt, but this one actually looks pretty good open too. I have no beef with this pattern – it was well drafted and went together easily. The pleats are more like tucks, and a little annoying to sew, but that’s the only fiddly bit. I made a size R, but cut it to the longest length. I did not hem the sleeves or bottom (the pattern says to sew the collar on, stopping 2 inches shy of the bottom for the hem, but I had no trouble getting it to fit this way. The sleeves are very long, which I really like. I have super long arms, and sleeves are perpetually short on me.
I love the burnout pattern, described as a “spirograph print” on the website. Having said that, it was a huge pain to work with. My machine kept eating the edges, and my serger didn’t really love it either. I have another 2 yards in the burnout white zebra, and I think it’s destined for a circle scarf rather than a garment.
I’m wearing this outfit to my family Thanksgiving. My Mom had serious objections to these shorts when I bought them the other day, and I want to show her that winter shorts work! I did probably buy them a size too big – I had just bought a size 8 jegging at the same store, so I figured going down one size, to a 6, would be good, but apparently not. I really hate crazy retail sizing. I have been seeing these all over, and I have to say that I love the look – it’s easier to wear than a skirt, and shows off more of my fabulous argyle tights (I would never wear a skirt this short!)
I suspect these shorts (and the matching brown plaid pair) will be turning up a lot this winter – so much more comfortable that pants for me! And as for the cardigan – I totally recommend the pattern, and I want to make it again and again (just not in this fabric!)