This past October I had to go to Dallas for work. While I was there, I visited Golden D’Or Fabrics. I had read about this store online and I heard that their clearance room was awesome. Well people were not lying–that clearance room was amazing. Everything in the clearance room was 50% off the marked price. I was in heaven. This was my score:
Virtually everything came from the clearance room except this piece:
I paid full price for this funky, chenille-lace fabric. It called my name, and I had to have it. The only problem was that I had no idea what I was going to make with it. So I brought it home and put it in my fabric closet for safe keeping. Then, last week, I saw a picture of an ingenious Jalie cocoon sweater hack. The seamstress had added 4 inches to the length and the result was amazing. I decided that I wanted to give that hack a try.
I traced Jalie 3353 and added 6 inches to the length and then I pulled out my beloved chenille lace. I cut the pattern pieces and assembled them, but the results were not good. The lace alone did not a good cardigan make. So I disassembled the cardigan and pulled out some grey Polartec jersey. I decided to try using the lace as an overlay with the grey jersey as the base. Here is the result:
I had a tiny piece of the lace left over, and the fabric is/was just too good not to use up completely. I also became somewhat obsessed with the way the lace looked on top of the grey jersey. I had enough to cut out Jalie 3245 with a hood. Here is the result:
I didn’t have enough lace for the back, so I left it plain old grey jersey. I wasn’t actually planning to add a hood, but when I attached the neck ribbing, it just wouldn’t lay right. My solution was the hood.
It’s a good thing I don’t have any more of this fabric left–there’s no telling how many garments I would sew.