Sew Sarah smith

Mmmm, probably the less said the better, huh?!

Well it had to happen didn’t it. I’ve had a pretty good run with my sewing lately so Sod’s Law dictates I was due a Fail. This, my friends, is it; the Itch to Stitch ‘Paro Cardigan’.

In fairness, a lot of it probably is my fault. I blithely cut into to my fabric, which was stretchier than recommended, without making all of the adjustments I knew were probably necessary. I did size down to account for the extra stretch in the fabric but, looking at the finished measurements I knew I should probably grade and size down further in the waist and hip and I didn’t. I did go ‘as far’ as reducing the sleeve length but I also didn’t take anything out of the length of the bodice. Why? Well, I’m going to blame my momentary lapse in common sense on the onset of flu and the fact that I totally underestimated how much unflattering bulk those pleats would add.

Sew Sarah smith

It kind of looks Ok on Dummy doesn’t it?

Anyway, to cut a long story short, it’s enormous. I feel like a Matronly Battleaxe from another era in it; the kind I imagine gossiping over the garden fence whilst brandishing a rolling pin. It’s such a shame really as the fabric I used is truly lovely, a really soft drapey knitted poly blend which I’ve used before.


Anyhoo, you can read the full sorry saga over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, especially if you want to avoid the pitfalls I made (there’s a decent cardigan in the Paro I’m sure!) or, y’know, if you just fancy a giggle!

Until next time



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5 thoughts on “The Paro Cardigan by Itch to Stitch : Not my Finest Hour!

  1. Sorry for the delay, love your comment!!! Feel free to use!! 👊🏻🤣


  2. Hahahaha sorry just seen your comment. Oh I made myself laugh all day with that one!!! Xxx


  3. lauraborealis says:

    The next time I need a username, it’s going to be “Matronly Battleaxe from Another Era.” Hilarious. And you really DO NOT look like that. But I understand when a garment just gives you the ughs, and it’s best to part ways.

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  4. poppykettle says:

    I snort laughed so bad when I saw your mental image picture – haha!! Otherwise…. buuuummmmmmeeeerrrr!

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  5. Aw….sorry to read that you aren’t happy with this garment. It’s soooo frustrating when things don’t work out as hoped. You do seem to have a sense of humor about it….I’m glad it didn’t knock you down completely.

    I was going to suggest that it might look nice worn over more fitted garments, like a jersey dress, but I understand it’s already heading to your sister. As long as it’s found a good home.

    Your link takes you to the home page at Minerva. I had to search a bit to find the post.

    PS Hope you’ve recovered from the flu. Take care.


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