Black Circle-Ruffle Cardigan

Mad Mim Circle Cardigan Front

Mad Mim sewing your own clothes circle cardigan back

I’m ashamed to admit how much fabric I wasted making this cardigan. So much I’m too embarrassed to confess. Good thing it was only a $1 a yard, or it would truly be a tragedy. I saw something similar somewhere, took a mental picture of it, and then recreated it from memory. Problem was, I couldn’t quite remember, and one thing–and yard–led to another, and long story short, I wasted a lot of fabric but finally figured it out.

I used my basic t-shirt pattern, cut down the middle of the front, curved the corners, and added a circle-ruffle around the edge.  It was that silly circle-ruffle that ruffled my feathers (pun not originally intended, but I’m leaving it there with pleasure). At first I thought it was a half circle–it didn’t drape right. And then I FOOLISHLY thought it was just cut on the bias–obviously not. And then I think I tried something else that’s not coming to mind at the moment. At any rate, somehow I finally figured out the the ruffle was cut in a full circle and then felt silly for not seeing it immediately. And now you all are privy to my inclination for silly mistakes.

So what do you do when your projects go South? Do you scrap and start again? Or just scrap? Or do you make like Tim, and make it work?

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marthmarth

i DIG that. and not proud to say after all these years of hearing my mom say “cut on the bias” i still don’t have a clue what that means. p.s. where do you get $1 fabric? i may do a sewing project some day if i can find cheap fabric like that.

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Rach

I can not even begin to tell you how many half-finished projects I throw away. Even if I’m in the middle of sewing something and suddenly decide it’s going south, I trash it. It’s a curse!! I can’t deal with my mistakes and therefore get rid of them. I wish I had your patience and perseverance…I would get so much more done!

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julie

i totally throw them away. i get too frustrated to keep them, unless theres lots of left over fabric…
and i used new look 6968 for my dress, its a great pattern. my new fav

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themither

Wahoo for persevering and making a triumphal finished project! I remember a frustrated sister who took her project and ripped it in pieces. Grandma patiently sewed it back together for her and left it for her to work on another day. There was a time I felt terrible loss about botched sewing projects. This was before I had ever remodeled and learned how expensive diy home project mistakes can be! (for instance there’s the time someone did a cartwheel and kicked into a medicine cabinet that hadn’t been hung yet, cracking the mirror (of course), or when someone knelt on a bathroom sink/counter top and it cracked. We’re talking remorse on a GRAND scale.

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themither

p.s. Your cardigan turned out beautifully, and you will always be glad to have it. I can see how it will look great when you’re dressing up and also wth jeans. Classic.

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Emily Balling

Mim, You’ve got that mix of Mitchell perseverance/ Williamsy Willy Hand Cart-Pioneer stalk mixed in you. I’ve got that too, or is it what Dad was constantly labeling ‘compulsive’? I like to call it Determined, with a capital D. I could brag that those dreaded mess ups have got fixed 100 % of the time, not without stress of course…..but then I lost my streak and ALL that time, when I messed up making a coat from an old coat. Now I don’t feel I can always fix something, and I’ve quit another project too, a shirt I made an accidental cut on. Where am I ganna go from here?

The cartigan is the prettiest I’ve ever seen, and I need a black cardigan too! It is beautiful. You didn’t mention however what that collar type thing is. Hmmmm? What is it?

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Miriam

Em I would say that you definitely are DETERMINED. And besides, there really is a very fine line between determined and compulsive. I think I am a bit compulsive, but that is what makes me finish whatever I start, or pick something completely out, or start completely over.
The collar is a complete circle, finished on one edge, and then sewn around the edge of the cardigan.

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Sara

This is such a cute and cozy looking cardi! Glad you finally figured it out!

When I mess something up on a grand scale, I put it in a box with other botched jobs. Sometimes a little time away is all I need to be encouraged to rip out my seams and try again. More often, I reclaim the material for a different (and usually considerably smaller) project. I hate wasting fabric!

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Miriam

Wow, that’s brilliant. I think there are times when time and space between a project and my frustrated self would make a world of difference.

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