Made with Moxie: My Meridian Cardi Hoodie

January 15, 2014

My Meridian Cardi Hoodie

Every once in a while the stars align and magic happens.

Making it mine: The Southwestern Meridian cardi hoodie

A few days after Christmas we went to the Natural History Smithsonian with my brother and his family. While wondering about the dinosaurs my eye was drawn to a woman wearing a brightly colored Southwestern pattern cardigan. I probably stared at her a bit too long like a nutter, but I really liked the look of her sweater and found it especially odd because I normally dislike Southwestern patterns. In any case, she was lost into the crowds within a few seconds and my attention turned else where.

I was perusing my Instagram feed later that week when I wasn't sleeping well and lo, and behold, there was that sweater again! Thanks to the commenters I found it online at LuLus.com. When I showed it to my husband he thought I had lost my mind. A) He thought it was ugly, and B) he was surprised I was in love with it. To be honest, I was still surprised I was in love with it, but who am I to argue with love at first sight?

I continued contemplating dropping fifty dollars on the "ugly" sweater until the fateful day arrived. I had spent the afternoon taping together my copy of the Meridian {for women} cardi pattern. As I was browsing through my knit fabrics for inspiration, lightening struck! There, on buried under newer fabrics, was the most fabulous Southwestern patterned fabric that I had bought as part of a Girl Charlee Bargain Lot. Not only was it the same bright rusts and teals, but the most perfect aqua thermal knit was stacked right with it.

Fast forward a few hours of sewing (with kids) and I present to you my Meridian:

Making it mine: The Southwestern Meridian cardi hoodie

I made some very slight edits to the pattern for style sake only. I squared out the top corners of the Meridian to mimic the original cardi that I loved. I cut my thermal sleeve lining a few inches longer so I could roll them up for contrast. I drafted a quick hood because I love hoodies. To add a hood, assemble the hood and lining, sew them together along the font face seam, turn them right sides facing and pin it in place before you do the final sewing around the outside edge of your Meridian.

Making it mine: The Southwestern Meridian cardi hoodie

The Meridian cardi for women is a great pattern to use if you are new to knits, or a pro. While it does require a good amount of fabric yardage, it is yardage well used. Who doesn't like to be swaddled in soft and lovely knits? The pattern fits well and make a garment that is quite versatile. Throw it on over jeans and a tshirt. Wear it to dress up a basic shift dress for work. You could shorten it up to just under the bust for an adorable shrug, too. Make a basic black one and wear it with just about everything. I'm thinking my next Meridian will be unlined with sweatshirt knit.

Making it mine: The Southwestern Meridian cardi hoodie

Making it mine: The Southwestern Meridian cardi hoodie

I am completely in love with my Meridian. I may wear it often, and by often I mean almost every day. I really need to get going on a second one so I can wash this one. Ha!

How would you make your Meridian?

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Making it mine: The Southwestern Meridian cardi hoodie

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36 comments:

  1. the added hood is totally totally awesome!! and of course you would pick fabric to match you fab surroundings! ;) love that color combo!

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  2. love love love love love.... and you're sending me the hoodie pattern pieces, right?

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  3. I think I'd make mind with a solid sweatshirt fleece and a fun jersey on the other side.

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  4. I'd like to make a light grey one with a patterned fabric inside, charcoal grey or navy.

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  5. I would like a grey solid fabric mixed with a funky print

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  6. I would make mine in a basic color - something that could be worn with anything and I might try a hood. I love how the hood looks on yours!

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  7. I love this pattern! I would definitely try a hood like yours- and maybe out of some nice thin knit with some draping :)

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  8. I'd love to add rhinestones to a gray sweatshirt knit one. I'm needing some bling.

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  9. i'd probably go plain cause i wear sweaters ALL the time; with a hood!

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  10. I really love this pattern. I have the one for girls and WANT(need) the one for me! Ive got some Hemp fleece lying around. Id like to try to make it from that and have my friend do some cool batik dying on it. Hope I win. Thanks!

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  11. I'm not a big southwest fan either, but love both of these cardigans.

    I'd be a copycat and add a hood to mine, too. Genius! I love hoods. I think I'd use a nautical stripe from my stash & run the lines vertically, then line with a bright color.

    Thanks for the chance! This looks like a great pattern.

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  12. I love the bright colors and would use with solids inside.

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  13. I'd probably use a solid in the teal family, cause that's my fave color.

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  14. I have some grey sweatshirt fleece that would be a gorgeous Meridan cardi. Thanks :) mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  15. I love the idea of a fluffy soft knit on the inside and a gray or black cotton for the outside, Or maybe gray on the outside and hot pink on the inside, or even wool, that would be warm. OK, I need to get this pattern...

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  16. I would have to have mine as horses...lol

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  17. Ooh! I think I would have to make mine with minky fabric on the inside if possible or maybe even sweater material, printed material and a solid color on the outside. Oooo! SO many choices! :)

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  18. Love the hood! I'd probably do a hood as well and perhaps lengthen the sleeves to go over my hands a bit (I think that's so cozy!!) I may also add a couple hook-and-eyes to keep it shut at times. :)

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  19. I have the perfect Norse design fabric that I've been hording for awhile that MUST be made into this! Right now.

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  20. My fave meridian of all the ones I've seen - suits you so much! Great pics, perfect back drop for that snuggly cardi. The hood is a winner too. xx

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  21. I have the perfect pink sweater knit that would make it scream "Me". I'd wear it constantly which would make it mine! Thanks for the chance.

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  22. I would love to make a black one with a funky cobalt blue inside

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  23. I would love this in a blue or teal.

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  24. Adding the hood is ingenius. I for one love your fabric - the bright colours are fab! I will be making the Meridian tomorrow for my leg of the tour. And where are you? What a wonderful place!! Cheers, Karen

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  25. I love your Meridian Cardi! It is so much prettier than the one on LuLus.com. After looking at all the beautiful fabrics on Girlcharlee.com: who could decide? But, I think the Tiffany Blue Aztec Diamonds Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric is calling to me. Just can't decide to use a white solid on the lining, or Tiffany Blue Chevron on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric (too much? ).

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  26. I would definitely square the corners, I like that look. I'll have to go look at fabrics now! =D

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  27. It's beautiful! As are you, of course. I had a similar experience recently when I surprised myself and fell in love a southwest style item...haven't copied it yet but it's interesting that anything, done well, can be perfect!

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  28. I think I would add a button at one shoulder to close it up if I felt so inclined. Definitely some really bright bold print. Love your version; the hood was a great addition!

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  29. I love the hoodie. I would lengthen it a bit and add inside pockets for valuables. I would also add a layer of thinsulate batting so it would be toasty warm.

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  30. I love the hoodie. I would lengthen it a bit and add inside pockets for valuables. I would also add a layer of thinsulate batting so it would be toasty warm.

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  31. I think I would make it just a tiny bit longer and add a big cool button to close it up. And the hood, of course!

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  32. A muted colour combo maybe?!? And then maybe something with more geometric/aztec style prints?!? Yours looks lovely!!

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  33. It looks so comfy, and love the hood! Do you live in that beautiful scenery?
    I'd love to make myself a black or grey meridian, maybe a thin fleece? I just bought a thin grey fleece blanket, if I could get more yardage of that it would make a great cardigan...

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  34. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! :) I so wanted this Meridian, I appreciate this!!! I can't wait to get the chance to try this.... :D

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