- Sew along – simple cardigan, tutorial part 1
- Sew along – simple cardigan, tutorial part 2
- Sew along – simple cardigan, tutorial part 3
At the beginning I just want to remind you that there are a lot of different sewing techniques. What’s important is the final result, so if you feel more comfortable sewing in different way, just do it 🙂
Some things were simplified for obvious reasons, but I hope everything is clear
Table of contents:
- Cutting and interfacing the pieces
- Sewing darts
- Sewing the sides of the cardigan
- Sewing the stand-up collar
- Hemming and sewing the corners
1.Cut the pieces, make sure to maintain straight grain (the arrow on your pattern should be parallel to the edge of your fabric (selvage)). Transfer notches to the fabric (make small 2-3 mm / 0.1 in cut on the seam allowances) as shown in the picture (red marks). Mark the center of the darts with a tailor’s chalk.
2. Interface the back neckline with bias cut strip of interfacing. Adjust the strip to the neckline’s curve and fuse it.
3. Reinforce the shoulder line on the back piece with strips of interfacing cut on the “straight grain”.
4. Fuse small pieces of interfacing on the front, to secure the corners.
1. Align the dart notches together and pin it, so that the fold line passes through the tip of the dart.
1. Pin the sides. Start with aligning the waist notches, then match the rest.
2. Sew the sides. After joining the sides, secure the edges with overlock or zigzag stitch.
1. Make auxiliary stitch on the corners (only where the interfacing is). Sew straight to the corner, stop with needle in a down position, raise the foot and turn your fabric to change the sewing direction.
2.Cut the seam allowances on the corners to your stitch.
3. Align front pieces together (the right side of fabric inside), and sew the center of the collar. Press the seam allowances open.
4. Pin the front and the back shoulder line toward the corners.
5.Match the notch on the back neckline with the center seam on the collar. Pin the rest of the collar toward the corners.
6. Sew it in one go. Sew the corners along the auxiliary stitching.
7. Press it. Because of the thick fabric I decided to press the seam allowances open. You can press it all up (the shoulder seams toward the back).
8. Secure the shoulder seam allowances with overlock or zigzag stitch.
1. Press the side seam toward the back. Secure the edge of the cardigan around with overlock or zigzag stitch. While finishing the edge, fold the side seams (at the bottom) in the opposite direction (toward the front).
See the third part of this tutorial: ew along – simple cardigan, tutorial part 3