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Daffodilly Cardigan with Simplicity 8141

I've gone my whole life thinking that yellow was a color that I couldn't wear.  If you look through my decade of sewing blog history, you won't see me wearing yellow.  For some reason, now, I decided, I don't care anymore- I love yellow and I'm going to wear it! This cardigan and top were made using Simplicity 8141 for the cardigan and Vogue 1049 for the tank.  The cover doesn't show the shorter version of the cardigan, but that is the view that I made- View D.   The front is one piece that starts out with one shoulder on the bottom of the piece and one shoulder on the top, you narrow hem both sides, and then flip the shoulder seam up, creating this beautiful drape.

I used a very sheer rayon knit from Fabric Mart.  The tank is two layers of the fabric, and the cardigan one layer.  This project was a fabric hog- I had 3-1/2 yards of fabric, and used it all for these two pieces.  For some reason, I don't think that 8141 was ever done in regular Misses sizing, only plus.  I'm right on the border, so I can use either size range.  If you can find a copy, there really isn't much fitting involved other than the back neck and the sleeve width, so I wouldn't hesitate to get it, even if you are not a plus size.  I would definitely make it again.

This is a clever tank top pattern- you can actually make the tank completely reversible if you want to.  I think I'll just use it as a lined tank, which is really quite useful, as so many knits are on the thin side.

I really love the combination, and they go from casual to dressy very well too.  Here they are with the Named "Ninni" Culottes.

And here they are with  a wide leg pant, using McCalls 7415- No Side Seam pants pattern.

I've also been sewing face masks for friends and family, like so many people are.  I've been using the Instructables pattern DIY Cloth Face Mask.  Here are some of mine:

I hope that you are staying home and avoiding the virus.  It's been about 1 month since we started sheltering in place here.  I am so glad that I have a stash of fabrics and patterns to keep me occupied during this time, and to be able to make some useful contribution to the cause.  I wonder if we will see a resurgence in sewing, as people dust off their sewing machines to make masks, and remember just how satisfying it can be.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, even if at home!  Wear yellow if you feel like it- I know I will be!

Happy Sewing!



  1. Fantastic looking top on you. Easily dressed up or down. It's very flattering on you and the yellow looks great.

  2. This is a lovely happy colour on you and the pattern flows so well. You have given us some good styling inspirations too. I love seeing your daffodils as we head into winter here, plus as of today our 'lockdown' has been extended until 11th May.

    1. A winter lockdown sounds a lot harder. I hope yours is over by May 11th. I think that ours will be extended also, but it will be gardening season here, and I have my seeds sprouting inside, so I'm set.

  3. Hi,

    I too am in WNC. Nice to meet you. Where are you getting your filter material? I would love to get to gather with a sewing group once all this is over.

    The yellow top is so Spring. Thanks for sharing.


    1. HI Sharon,
      I didn't use filters- mine are just for family and friends, not medical workers. I'm not sure what you mean by WNC?

  4. Would you please tell me how you hemmed your sweater? I have a knit that I made a sweater out of that has remained unhemed because I don't know how to hem it. I tried to use a hemming foot but it just balled up. Any help would be, well, helpful. Thank you

    1. I just folded over 1/4" twice and narrow hemmed it. But I know that some machines need a walking foot to reduce the pressure to be able to do it that way. If you have a walking foot, I would try that.

  5. I love this top on you, and am so glad you decided to wear yellow! I do think it can be a hard color to pull off, but you look wonderful! I really like the top styled with the wide legged pants.

    1. Thanks, Vanessa. I agree- certain shades of yellow are still probably not going to work for me, but I really like this one.

  6. Ann, this is a gorgeous tunic on you! This is the perfect yellow color for you. Very unique and suits you well.

  7. You look great in yellow! The tank and cardi are surprisingly versatile. Love all the different outfits you created with them.


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