The best thing about my new-and-improved version of the formerly ill-fitting cardigan is that I was able to re-cycle the ruffle from the original.
The only thing to slow me down was waiting for a chance to look at it in natural daylight. The color black can be very hard to match and I got very lucky that these two different fabrics look just fine together. I guess it was meant to be!
Here is a lightened version of the photo that shows where I am with this project:
During my daily commute, I think about how to finish the seams and things like that. The plan is to keep it simple. That is the plan. ha! Sometimes I make things a little more complicated than they need to be .... but this cardigan feels like it will be a winner, so it's worth careful consideration.
That commute gives me time to imagine how this cardigan was created, from design to finished product. A lot of different people touched it. Someone designed it, created the pattern, selected the fabric, chose construction techniques and seam finishes. But then again, maybe not. I have no experience with industry clothing production.
Here in my workroom, I am in charge of Quality Control and I am the Chief Stitcher. I sewed a muslin to check my pattern and now I can use it again on other fabrics.
DTBM (decisions to be made) - the seams can't stretch out of shape; should I reinforce them? And the fabric doesn't have the same heft as boiled wool; shall I underline it? Perhaps with powernet? After I have attached the ruffle to the neck, I'd really like a seam binding like what I found on the original garment. I'll make something work.
Yep, I will come up with something!