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Replacing Vogue Cardigan Sweater v2949

The Vogue Cardigan sweater, v2949, that I made in 2009 is wearing thin. And that is the purpose of yesterday’s Kwik Sew pattern downloading drama. Here’s the one I’m replacing.  It’s lightweight and machine washable.  Unfortunately, it is looking very tacky these days.

vogue pattern v2949 cardigan sweater

I considered using the Vogue pattern again. But I have a ready-to-wear cardigan from Coldwater Creek, that is slightly more fitted, and more flattering. The problem with that sweater is that it isn’t long enough in really cold weather. And it’s a silk blend fabric. So I have to wash it by hand and lay it flat to dry – not ideal with children in the house.  Also, I made both views of v2949 and liked the shorter one better, so far as the way it hangs on my body.  But it isn’t warm enough in the winter.  So I’m setting aside the Vogue pattern for the moment.

I found this sweater fabric at Joann’s.  It’s a rayon cotton blend, marled charcoal grey.  I took a chance and purchased it even though the pattern calls for a 58″ width fabric; because I’m not going to make the largest size.  And I won’t need to match stripes.  Hopefully, it won’t shrink width-wise.

My plan is to serge the edges and wash it on delicate and have it to sew no later than this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Sweater Knit Fabric

Downloading Kwik Sew 3721 from printsew.com

I thought I would save myself some time by downloading a Kwik Sew pattern, rather than waiting to pick one up when I go out to purchase fabric.  I could download it and read it while my toddler naps (a miracle) and arrive at the Joann’s knowing exactly what I need.

Not so much.  The monetary savings of downloading was small:  $1.00.  And although I’ve downloaded numerous other patterns, this one isn’t actually a download.  It’s more of a temporary printing permit.  In order to download, I had to follow a link to a secondary site, printsew.com, which did not arrive immediately.  It was then suggested that I use Firefox or Internet Explorer, and not to use Google Chrome.  (I typically use Opera.)

Fine, I launch Firefox, and… must install their plugin to get my pattern.  This takes several more minutes.  Finally, I enter the site, where I can allegedly change my password; but when I press reset  – since there is no other option that looks like it will change my account – I get a message saying that I have used up one of my three resets.  wtf?

I am allowed to print the download that I’ve purchased only on one computer and no more than three times.  I’m not allowed to download it at all.  I can’t just reprint one page if I screw it up when I’m trying to assemble and cut my pattern.

While printing the first of four sections of the pattern, my toddler wakes up.  I then have a toddler who wants to touch my keyboard and eat the pattern on my lap while the aroma of hot paper and toner wafts through the house. When I go to section two, the print icon disappears.  It only took a moment to get it back.  But by then I had a toddler trying to take all of the pages out of the paper bin.

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Approximately 70 pages and 45 minutes later, I have my pattern which includes no size chart.  And since I’ve never used a Kwik Sew pattern for myself, an adult, I don’t know which of the sizes I need, and need to print yet another page with a size chart in order to extrapolate the necessary fabric yardage.

Needless to say, this was no kind of a bargain.  In the future I will just spend the extra dollar and pick one up from the Joann’s unless for some reason they’ve run out.

And I now I still need to assemble the pattern before I can cut it out.  Ugh.