Today I want to show you the peplum cardigan I tested for Sew Like My Mom, the Ficus Cardigan. This is the womens' version of the Fern Cardigan that I tested a few weeks ago. This pattern has a wide range of sizes, from XXS to 3XL. You can purchase the Fern and the Ficus bundle here.
I used a poly/rayon/lycra (mostly polyester) french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. This was my first time purchasing from Josephine. She had fast, friendly shipping! She even rushed to get my order done because she knew I needed it to test this cardigan! Thank you!
This fabric has 40% stretch widthwise, and 10% stretch lengthwise. It is very soft and is nice and thin. That's important to me in Charleston, where winter lasts like 8 seconds.
I first made a muslin and tested for the small size (according to my bust), but I didn't like how baggy it was, so Melissa let me size down. This final black cardi is an XS with adjustments made for my narrow shoulders and my short height. I think if I were to make this cardigan again, I would size the waist down to an XXS. I just prefer my garments to be form fitting and to give me a waist! (Of course, if I used the tie that comes with the pattern, that would give me a waist, too.)
I found this to be an easy sew, especially because I had just made one in Serenity's size. I made this completely on my serger/coverstitch machine because my sewing machine was in the shop.
Thank you, Melissa, for letting me test! These are our first ever Mommy and Me outfits!