Have you heard of Robert Kaufman Fabrics? Chances are, if you spend quite a bit of time in a fabric store (as it seems we all do), then you have seen these fabrics advertised quite regularly. Kona Cotton, for instance, is a Robert Kaufman fabric well loved in the quilting world but also sometimes used for fashion sewing.
A few months ago, we were contacted by the company because they hoped to use the Newcastle Cardigan pattern to display their fabrics at manufacturing shows (Robert Kaufman specializes in both manufacturing and quilting fabrics). Here is the result!
Their sample sewers used Monatuk Twill in Charcoal and Shetland Flannel in Ocean. The result is very classy. I love how they used the contrast flannel for the under collar! I don’t think that either fabric has any stretch to it (they are both wovens with a 100% cotton content) so it is more of a spring jacket rather than a cardigan. It looks wonderful on a mannequin and would likely provide a nice slim fit on a man with narrow shoulders if it were sized up slightly (since the Newcastle Cardigan is a pattern designed for knits and requires stretch across the shoulders and in the slim-fit arms).
Have you tried sewing the Newcastle Cardigan in a woven material? If you’re interested in checking out some of Robert Kaufman’s beautiful linen/rayon blends or their flannels and quilting cottons, head on over to shop at one of our newest stockist’s online store: Fabricworm! I particularly like this linen/rayon blend.