23 February 2015

How Are Button-front Cardigans Supposed to Fit?

I'm slowly chugging along on my Starting From Scratch plan.  The next step is to make/buy a cardigan and simple tee-shirt in one of the neutral colors.


This is an in-progress version of BWOF 9-2005-103.  The sleeves are temporarily sewn in to check the fit.  I like it so far, but I'm not sure what to make of the bottom gape.  The cardi didn't gape as much when I tried it on, but it did gape.



On the model, the cardigan is completely buttoned.  But I've seen cardigans flared at the hem and worn with a skinny belt.  I've also seen them worn completely open - as if they're too small.  

Obviously I don't wear many button-front cardigans!  Is there a rule or something?

Also, the front is finished with a facing and the back neckline is finished with a rectangular piece of fabric.  I couldn't understand what the hell Burda was trying to say about that part and figured there's got to be another way to do this.  Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

L



15 comments:

  1. I think how cardigans are supposed to fit depends on the look you are going for, but my personal preference is that the gaps between the buttons don't pull when buttoned completely and that it doesn't look too shrunken when left undone.

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    1. This is a great point. I hadn't thought about the fit when the cardi is completely buttoned. I've seen so many variations, I wasn't sure what to expect.

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  2. I rarely wear mine completely buttoned and usually go for only the middle 2-3. I like them VERY fitted.

    That's a nice pattern though, really love the raglan sleeves!

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    1. This is the style of wear that I see the most.

      The raglan sleeves are quite nice. The seam is curved in a way that follows the meatiness of my shoulders. =)

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  3. I like to wear my cardigan button just between the bust and let the rest do what it do. However, I do prefer a closer fit cardigan. Nice looking cardigan.

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    1. I love your cardigans, Sheila. I remember you making some cardigans from NL 6735 a few years ago; your versions made me give button-front cardigans a second look since I rarely wear them.

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  4. I've nevr really thought about all those different wasy lol! I guess what ever looks good to you is the way to go with, tit's a nice pattern though it looks more like a sweater to me, what you have going looks good!

    Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen. You're right: I have to go with what looks good on me!

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  5. I think button it as you have it on the dummy - that will slim down your bust line and then the "gape"will flare out and give shape to the hips - just as Mrs Smith suggests. But I guess try it on and play with it over clothes to see how it actually looks when you do this.

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    1. This what I was thinking as well. I'm almost finished and will try it on over a shirt.

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  6. Some cardis are drafted to be open and an inverted v at the bottom like yours. Maybe it is meant to be for the style.

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    1. That's what I thought too. Then when I looked at some images on line, it seemed like some of the cardigans were intentionally small so that the bottom flared open.

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  7. I'm not sure if there is a rule, but for mine I like them to be fitted when buttoned and not too full when open. Like the look of yours and agree with Sarah Liz's comments.

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    1. Another great point. I'll finish it up and try it on. Thank you!

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  8. Someone once told me that it was proper to leave the bottom button unbuttoned. I don't know if there is any validity in that statement, but I do like the way it looks as long as the cardigan fits. If it pulls at the bottom, it just looks tight. I sometimes leave a few buttons open but never button the bottom. Your cardigan looks very classic and classy.

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