Here it is belted and unbelted. I am very short waisted; my natural waist is only a few inches below my bra band and I always wonder how it looks when I wear belts like this.
The construction of this cardigan was very quick and easy. I didn't interface the front bands and I am happy with the result. I used a sueded jersey knit from Denver Fabrics. The sueded just means that the wrong side is a little fuzzy, which is very nice and cozy.
One more thing to check out...the hems:
Wait a minute...that looks like...is it?...Yes! It IS!! A Cover-Stitched Hem! That's right friends, Santa was good to me this year. (And by Santa I mean me) My husband is not good at gift giving/shopping, so I placed the order for a Brother 2340CV and received it while he was out of the country on a business trip.
I sent him a facebook chat: "You just bought me a lovely Christmas gift. Thank you."
His response was: "?"
I have been putting money aside for most of the year saving up for a Cover-Stitch machine. I had been looking at the Janome 1000cpx, but I simply could not justify the extra $$$ for it. My serger is a brother (5234PRW), and I am very happy with it, so I felt comfortable with the brand.
So there it is, my first finished garment of 2014 and my January Garment of the Month.