Love Notions Origami Tunic
When the opportunity to join the Love Notions Origami Tunic tour came up, I jumped at the chance. I made a lightweight cardi back in the spring, that I've enjoyed wearing all summer long when the AC was too cold at various places...but now that a hint of fall is in the air, I knew I wanted something a little more substantial.
I am all about a pattern with options and the Origami does not disappoint! Three necklines, 3 sleeve lengths and hem options too...sign me up! I've been dreaming of a floral cardigan all summer long, but the more I've thought about it, knew that it wouldn't coordinate with many of my other wardrobe pieces...so I knew choosing a solid was a much wiser direction.
I went with a charcoal ponte that is ever so slightly variagated, so it gives a smidge extra visual interest in comparison to a flat solid. I opted for the hankerchief hemline, but chose to leave it unhemmed (as suggested in the pattern, though instructions are also provided to do a beautifully mitered corner finish too)...I wanted as much flow and drape as possible...because you see, I had another thought swirling through my head too ;)
The very week I signed up for this tour, the above pictured cardi was making the rounds in my facebook feed...every time I turned around, I saw this pic again, and it became embedded in my mind...and the more I looked at the Origami line drawings, I knew it would be a perfect jumping off point! To add a little extra versatility, I decided that instead of simply lining the front pieces of my Origami, I would go with removable/interchangeable front panels.
For my trial run, I opted for a stretch lace I picked up on clearance at Wal-Mart awhile back for a whopping $0.50/yard...if I screwed it up, it wouldn't be too big a loss. I cut out my pieces, sewed on my snaps, and voila...a whole other cardi look came to life! Now time to cut my pretty plaid!!
Perfect? No...but I am so tickled with how my knock-off cardi came together! All total I added 3 snaps on each side, though only time will tell if I need one or two more ;) I love that I now have a basic, wardrobe staple cardi that I can also quickly tweak to look like a much more custom piece! And if the mood strikes, it takes almost no time to add additional panels to the mix! My capsule friends will be so impressed!!
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