Well as promised before Christmas, I’ve been working away and created a little tutorial for all of you on how to make a wrap cardigan.
I really think this cardigan design is brilliant. There are just so many different ways you can wear it! (Remember when I wore it loose?) Here it is belted - I’m so glad I tried it out this way as I really like how it works.
I’m for sure getting bump-tastic these days hey?! I’m due February 26th, which means I only have 2 months until baby boy arrives. oh my gosh. freak out.
Anyway, I think I’ve waffled on enough! Lets get sewing!
What you’ll need:
- 2yds of stretchy jersey knit that does not fray (like a 4 way stretch). It’s important that it doesn’t fray as tutorial is for a cardigan with unfinished hems. The sizing on this one will be pretty flexible – I’ve based it to be a comfortable fit for a size Medium, but these measurements would still work well for a S or L. If you’re significantly different in size, just compare the sleeve and back pieces to a cardigan you like, and adjust the pattern.
What to do:
- Cut out your cardigan pieces:
In the below pictures you would cut out the pink sections. If you have a French curve, then use it for the curved sections, otherwise you can just ‘eyeball’ it, knit fabric is very forgiving!
- Place the front & back pieces together, with the sides lined up & right sides together. Sew the side seams together.
- Turn the cardigan right way round so that the right sides are facing outwards.
Line up the centre of the collar with wrong sides together, and sew.
- Turn cardigan inside out again so that the right sides are inwards and wrong sides are facing outwards. Line up the shoulder seams with right sides together, and match up the back neck opening with the collar edge. Sew from one shoulder edge all the way along the back neckline to the other shoulder edge. Note: since the fabric curves in various places you will need to stretch it in some places to ensure all the edges stay lined up.
- Fold the sleeves in half (right sides together) and sew the seam up
- Attach the sleeves to the cardigan. I find the easiest way is to turn the sleeves right way round and put them inside the cardigan, so that the raw edges are free to sew, and the cardigan body & sleeves are right sides together.
- And there you have it, a versatile wrap cardigan that will work no matter how big your belly gets!