Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Me Made: Three Long Cardigans

4.25.2016

Me Made: Three Long Cardigans

Long cardigans are the basics of basics for me. I felt like all winter I kept reaching for a long cardigan, and I finally got around to making them )as the weather starts to warm up). I'll wear them through spring and cold summer nights though! I wear long cardigans with pockets, they have to have pockets, like light jackets. I love wearing this style. I wear them with pencil skirts, skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, fitted Bermuda shorts, and leggings. I made three because I'm crazy, I had all the fabric on hand, and these three colors are all basics for me.
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
I used the Grandpa Cardi (affiliate link) by Patterns for Pirates for all three cardigans. I did the tunic length with a band and pockets, added interfacing to the pockets, added buttons and buttonholes, and lengthened the body by 1" so that the smallest spot hit my waist. The pattern was great except that the sleeves, the hem band, and the front/neck band weren't drafted very well. I was able to make them work because I have a lot of experience with knits, but you can see some issues with the white cardigan. I was able to fix it for the other two cardigans.

The first one I made was this white one. I made it as a muslin hoping it'd be wearable, and it is! This fabric is like a patterned sweater-like rib knit with a fair amount of stretch and return. My sister got it for me a couple of summers ago, and I finally found the perfect use for it.
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
I found the hem band and front/neck band to be too long. This is often an issue I find with knit patterns. I've learned to just figure it out on my own which I did with this cardigan. But I misjudged slightly so I cut the hem band too small making the waves in the seam. They can be ironed out, but they return after I wash it. I cut the front/neck band too long so it looks a little stretched out. I also cut the interfacing too short which is part of the problem. I still enjoy wearing it though because I love white and white goes with everything. I'm wondering if time and washing will have any effect on these issues. I used giant white buttons which are awesome; I love giant buttons. 
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
Next I made a gray one. I got this sweater fabric from a fellow sewist in the Capsule Wardrobe Sew Along group who was cleaning out some fabric. It's a beautiful heather gray fabric with gold metallic knitted in. It is a tad transparent but a nice fabric. It's the dressiest cardigan of the three. 
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
I didn't have the same issues as the first one, but I think the front has stretched out a little because the front looks longer than the back. I have worn this at least five times since finishing it. I used giant gray buttons just like the giant buttons of the white cardigan.
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
The last cardigan I made was this blue one. It's a dusty blue interlock that I have a big roll of under my bed. I used it for a blue cardigan six months ago that turned out to be a sewing "miss". I'm glad I was able to recreate it because it's a great color. I love blue and wear blue a lot.
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
I couldn't find big buttons that matched so I had to use small buttons. They don't work as well, but I'm glad that they match.
Me Made: Three Long Grandpa Cardis
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8 comments:

  1. Very cute. Did you have to size down Your sweaters look like they are more slim fitting than others I've seen sewn.

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    1. I made my cardigan the size I'll be once I return to pre-baby weight. I'm about half a size above that right now.

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  2. Did you get rid of the blue cardigan "miss"? Just wondering if you saved the buttons from that project? It's a thought. They all turned out so cute.

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  3. Did you get rid of the blue cardigan "miss"? Just wondering if you saved the buttons from that project? It's a thought. They all turned out so cute.

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    1. Yes, I got rid of it and reused the buttons!

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  4. I wish you'd explain what the drafting issues are with the sleeve. I'm interested in hearing since I need a long cardigan.

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    1. One side was always longer than the other which doesn't make sense because it's cut on the fold, but I had that issue every sleeve I sewed. And it wasn't always the top layer; it varied. I didn't pay attention enough to figure out which side it was.
      Also, since it was cut on the fold the notch at the top of the cap was technically supposed to match up with the shoulder seam. But the shoulder seam is not in the center of the armscye or it shouldn't be. So I started matching up the notch about 1/2" past the shoulder seam towards the back.
      I hope that makes sense!

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    2. That does make sense. Maybe I'll just grab a Jalie pattern instead.

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