Here’s the first item from my fall “collection.” This is the Terry Tie Cardi from Style Arc, and I love it.
I spent a long time looking at different cardigan patterns before landing on this unique design from Style Arc. It is a hip-length cardigan without any typical closures, but fun ties that come out of darts rather than the side seams. I think that this design is very flattering, and I can tie the bow in front or back. I didn’t get any pictures with the bow in the back, so you’ll have to take my word on that. When ordering a PDF pattern from Style Arc, you have to pick your size. The download then comes with that size, plus one size smaller and one size larger. I went with a size 6 here, made zero modifications, and am very happy with the fit. This design is pretty forgiving (no typical closures!) so don’t worry too much about the sizing if you decide to make this.
I paired this fun design with an interesting sweater knit from Fabric.com (no longer in stock, unfortunately). This is a 85% poly, 10% rayon, 5% spandex blend. I’ve washed it 3-4 times so far and there’s no sign of pilling. I’ve made up cardigans in really cheap sweater knits before, and it is SUCH a bummer when they pill in the first wash. Fortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case here!
In terms of construction, everything came together easily. StyleArc instructions are notoriously short, but this wasn’t a complicated make so I didn’t have any issues. I did take my time, though, and busted out the twin needle to hem the sleeves and hem. I am very happy with how this cardigan turns out, and have already worn it on a handful of occasions and received compliments in each time. I’ll make my next version in a solid color to make sure I can wear it with lots of different outfits. Special thank you to my photographer for taking great shots of this sweater!
Pattern: Style Arc Terry Tie Cardi, size 6
Fabric: 2 yards Telio sweater knit from Fabric.com @ $7.98/yd
Notions: Self-made bias tape from stash
Cost: $15.96 fabric + bias tape and thread from stash = $15.96 ($22.96 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 4 hours