This last week I completed my first cardigan. Made from a lightweight wool from Spotlight and using McCalls 6559. The pattern called for a narrow hem which stretches across the bottom, across the ties around the front and back, so a very long hem. Trying to press the wool to form a hem and then turn again under was very frustrating. I managed it on the bottom of the top, but then thought, why not use my narrow hem foot. I switched to using that on the sewing machine and it was so much easier
This cost $20.69 for 1.5 metres x 155cm. No fabric left over
I was keen to make my first garment from a BurdaStyle Magazine. This is from the 8/15 edition, pattern #115. I've read that the instructions given are minimal, so for my first effort I made this simple top. It has rib knit at the waist and cuffs. After I sewed it all up I found the cuffs were way too big. Now I have skinny wrists, but this was crazy big. I decided I wouldn't be happy with wearing it as it was so spent an evening unpicking all the stitching from the hems and the lower sleeves. I then cut the cuffs down to make them narrower. The sleeves were very wide, so to enable them to sit in the cuffs without a gather, not a bunching, I trimmed the lower part of the sleeves down from the elbow to the cuff. I'm much happier with how this looks, and it makes a very dressy top.
This fabric was from the specials table at Spotlight and was just $2.85 for 1.5m x 136-155cm wide. I think it is a polyester, there was no description on the bolt. No fabric left over. The ribbing I got from Morelands and I got 1 metre for $8 and have enough left over for another top.