Sew-It-Yourself Skin-Print Cardigan

One challenge of this season’s skin print trend is finding an option that suits your own coloring.  So we were excited to find this lightweight sweater knit yardage in a range of neutral color options from caramel to chocolate, taupe and gray.  A quick-to-sew cardigan was the obvious garment to make from it.  I chose McCall 6996 (View C-D) for a couple of reasons …


First was the fit – slightly shaped rather than straight and boxy, although it wasn’t as fitted as the pattern sketch would suggest.

Second – the sewn-on band front eliminated the need for time-consuming edge finishing and prevented any issue of the wrong side being visible when the garment is worn.

This cardi was under 2 hours from cutting to completed.  And it is such a cozy feel that I can hardly wait for chilly weather to start wearing  this new wardrobe favorite.

You can see the finished garment and read more detail about the pattern and the process on Pattern Review.

While you’re there, check out my other projects.  And if you would take a second to click on the little heart icon at the top right of the page and to mark the reviews “Very helpful” at the bottom of the page, it would help make those projects visible to more readers.

Here are the other 3 colors in our sweater knit, each shown with swatches of coordinating ponte solids.

What skin-print projects will you add to your wardrobe for Fall ’18?  I’d love to see pictures of your projects.

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About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Miriam on September 14, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Hi Nancy, how would you style the cardi? I stay away from prints in tops because I tend to think they overwhelm me (inverted triangle and busty). Is there a way to wear this yummy print and not look like a hyena on top of two black sticks.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 14, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Oh Miriam – you gave me a laugh-out-loud moment with your description. I have another I-T client who describes herself as “a cupcake on toothpicks”. Truth is, though, one of the very best optical illusions for an upper-body-dominant body is a cardi. Just wear it OPEN with a contrast color underneath and then the viewer’s eye moves up and down that vertical stripe of color and makes your torso area seem far narrower. It works the very best if the under-layer top matches the bottom garment, but a contrast color can be more fun and almost as effective.

  2. Alexandra on September 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Nancy, there’s something off with that PatternReview link – it took me to my own reviews. Here’s the link to yours (at least I hope it works):

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Alexandria. I can’t tell on my computer but I’ll email it to a couple of other gals to test it and if it indeed works I’ll do a correction email. I love what P-R is all about, but it can certainly be a confusing site sometimes.

  3. Laura DeLong on September 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I just checked my closet to see that I’ve donated my wonderful animal-print fleece jacket to a charity shop. Darn! I was ahead of the curve, but at least I can know that someone else will enjoy the jacket this winter–and be in style–and the charity has its $$$.

  4. Marsha T. on September 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Animal prints are not new. About 8-10 years ago they were all the rage. Some styles do come back, sometimes with a different twist. Am glad I still have my 2 pieces and they still fit!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 14, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      You are so right – they never go away. One great reason to shop for a couple of items when they are especially “in” and the assortment is better. Congrts on still fitting into your vintage ones.

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