Monday, 18 September 2017

Peak Anchor


According to Pat (Mr SoZo), I've finally done it. I've finally reached peak anchor. I'll grant him that this garment does feature A LOT of them, but I'm pretty sure this won't be the last anchor-clad item that sneaks its way into my wardrobe... 


Pattern:

The truth is that, since I made them, rarely a day passes where I'm not wearing either my navy or mustard Cabernet cardigan. One or the other seem to go with just about every garment I own, and they are so comfy and easy to wear. I even wear my first, less successful, turquoise version a hellofalot when I'm at home (like right now in fact). So it wasn't a giant conceptual leap to decide to make another. 


For this version, I decided to go use the width of the button stand/neckband from my navy (#2) version, and the width of the front panels from my mustard (#3) version. Like all my versions, I stabilised the shoulder seams with twill tape, and stitched the buttonholes on the button stand/neckband before attaching it to the rest of the garment, not at the end of the project. Sometimes it's so pleasing to make a garment that barely requires you to think during it's construction. Kind of an anti-challenge.


Fabric:

I spied this incredible anchor jacquard Ponte de Roma at the Fabric Godmother open day a couple of months ago, along with the ivory colour way. At the time, the ivory sung out to me the strongest and I bought 1.6m with cardigan dreams. When I got it home, although I still loved it, I begun to regret my decision. I realised the navy version as a cardigan would fit into my wardrobe better. So when I went to visit Josie (Fabric Godmother's owner) a few weeks later, I got some of the navy too. It's not cheap (£18 p/m) but it's the loveliest fabric to work with and wear: stable but with a soft handle. And it's really wide so I got a Cabernet out of it with plenty left to make some bits for Frankie too. 


Thoughts:

Yes, I did add anchor buttons too. What did you expect?

Cost:

Pattern: PDF $12 (£8.37) from here. I've used it four times now so I'm counting my pattern cost as £2.00 for this project
Fabric: £18 p/m from here. I used 1.6m for this project and got a little discount so cost me about £25
Total: £27

I'm really out of touch with high street prices these days, but I'm guessing that's in the ball park of what you'd expect to pay for a cut-and-sew cardi? However, I also got the added benefits of having the fun of making it, being able to tweak the fit to my personal specifications AND being able to ladle as many anchors into this project as feels correct.

7 comments:

Gillian said...

I think it's "Peak Zoe", not Peak Anchors! If you posted a pict of just your torso, we'd all know exactly who had sewn it! ;) I have a lot of cardigan patterns, but you are making me want to give this one a try too!

Fabric Tragic said...

I think you're only just approaching peak anchorage when you can dress top to toe in anchorwear* including full underwear/sock/shoe combination plus multiple external layers..... (*patent pending)

Juju Gago said...

Adorable!! ⚓️

Mother of Reinvention said...

This is really lovely. I think it looks great and if you are wearing a lot of anchors then that is cool. The buttons are great. I love it with your stripey top. Xx

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Christals Creations said...

LOVE! And the buttons too. I am finishing a quilt before starting anything new, well so I tell myself. . .

Joomi Lee aka Joo-Mi E said...

I must say you look better with your bangs swept away from your face. There is no need to hide your forehead with bangs as in older photos you posted. Your face has pleasing proportions and I think bangs are unbecoming on you.

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