In my last post, I mentioned that the mauve floral fabric was a contender for one of the "accent" prints for my Sewing with a Plan capsule. And because I wear my original Circle Cardigan ALL THE TIME, I figured one in a floral Liverpool might be useful, too.
Because this was my third time making the cardigan, I whipped through it super quick. I even took time to shorten the collar at center back because I knew from prior experience that this would be more comfortable. With this being a thicker fabric than my original, I expected it would bunch up back there. I cut back 3" and used my French curve to gently extend this new point back to the original cut line, somewhere along the bust point.
I did NOT lenthen the band, and THIS was my fatal mistake. Shortening the collar actually extended the hem line around the cardigan about 3/4". The band is already about 5% shorter than the entire hem, so I effectively shortened it even more by adding 3/4" to the hem. In a drapey or stretchier fabric, this wouldn't have been too big a deal. But in a stable knit like a Liverpool, it is pretty noticeable.
The shorter band caused the fabric to buckle, making the cardigan more bulbous. Less flattering. You can see this is especially true around the shoulder area.
In the end, I just couldn't see past this mistake so I asked my mom if she would like it. She said yes so now the floral Circle Cardi lives with her.
Lesson learned that this pattern requires a much flowier fabric—which the instructions do actually tell you! This is completely my fault, not that of the pattern, which you know I love. And now I'm down to a mere 1 yard of the floral Liverpool. I'm not sure if I can get more, but it doesn't really matter because the rest of my SWAP patterns are all woven makes.
They can't all be winners. *shrug*