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6.23.2017

Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets

Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets
During the month of May, I kept trying to reach for a long navy cardigan. I didn't count, but I probably thought about it more than once a week. I have made several cardigans, but I have not kept any for a long period of time because almost always the neckline ended up being wrong. I realized I'm really picky about cardigans. I want them to look like sweater material; I don't want them to look like a jersey tee or sweatshirting. Sweater fabric is hard to sew and finish the edges. This is the first one that I will keep for a long time (unless the fabric wears out really quickly).
Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets
I used the cardigan tutorial on the Hey June blog. Even though I used a tutorial, I still used the Union St Tee* as the base. In the past I have always relied on a pattern instead of all my years of working with knit fabric. Knit fabrics are tricky because each one stretches differently and returns differently. So a pattern isn't always accurate because the each fabric will behave differently. In the past my cardigan necklines have always been too tight or too loose, and it just doesn't work.
I used the tutorial, but I didn't follow it exactly. I sewed on my neckline, but it was a little too short. I knew I wouldn't wear it if I didn't fix it, so I cut it off and redid it. It was not a lot of extra work, and it was hard to do it again because I like being done. But it was important that I make things I wear and I wear things I make, so I needed to fix it.
Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets
I got this navy sweater fabric from a local home decor fabric store that has some apparel fabric in the back. They sell all their apparel fabric for $3 a yard. They might not restock their apparel fabric, so I've already made another trip to buy some more! Anyway, since they don't have their apparel fabric online, this is the closest navy sweater fabric* I could find online. 
This fabric is really lightweight sweater fabric with lots of drape. It's a beautiful fabric and has more return than most sweater fabrics I've worked with. It is wearing out a little, but it's getting a nice fuzzy look. It's so comfortable and perfect for summer, spring, and fall. I think it'll work in the winter if I'm wearing warm layers underneath.
Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets
I also made a basic fitted tee using the Union St tee pattern*. It's almost too boring to blog about because there is nothing special about it. I didn't do anything special or different with the pattern. It's just a basic fitted tee. I bought this Arizona jersey fabric* for a deal from Katie when she was selling some of her stash. It's the first time I've worked with Art Gallery fabric, and it's pretty amazing. It's high quality and comfortable. I don't think I'll ever buy it full price though. I'd rather get something else for that price.
Me Made: DIY Long Cardigan with Pockets

3 comments:

  1. I love this style. It's really great on you and the perfect length. I agree about AG knits. They are so nice but in the end it's just an expensive tshirt. Sales are awesome though.

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    1. Thanks! It's so comfy.
      I struggle with expensive fabrics unless it's a certain fabric I can't get cheaper or a specific print.

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  2. I love both the shirt and the sweater. Super cute. I love how long it is. But I agree, its so hard to find a good pattern that works with the different stretches in fabric!
    I was just sitting here, and totally remembered I forgot to go to the meet up! Whoops!

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