I am always on the search for wardrobe builders and am a firm believer that you can never have too many cardigans in your handmade closet. With Fall right around my corner, I was so excited with Marina from Peach Patterns reached out about her Maple Cardigan and I had to sew it up immediately!
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The Pattern and the Cardigan
The Maple Cardigan from Peach Patterns is a cardigan designed to be hip length with a slight dropped shoulder seam. The bodice features two options – a drape front cardigan or a banded front cardigan. I sewed up the banded front cardigan but can’t wait to sew up a drape front cardigan too!
Knits are always my favorite for quick and easy sews and the Maple Cardigan was another easy sew to add to my handmade wardrobe. It came together super quickly and I even used my new coverstitch machine to sew the hem. I sewed the rest of the garment on my serger which makes for a professional finish on the inside.
I can’t wait to share more about my coverstitch, but I want to get a few more garments under my belt before I share! I still used my favorite knit hemming tip and used Heat n Bond hem tape which caused zero tunneling!
My favorite part of the cardigan is by far the fit! It’s super cosy and allows you to pull it closed but also let even the banded front drape too. The pattern listing includes a hack to add buttons which I think would be really great too.
The pattern listing calls for a variety of knit fabrics that have at least 25% stretch. I’ve had this Indiesew Rayon Spandex knit in my stash for a while now, but finally decided to face my stripe fears and cut out a pattern and sew it up!
I was actually pleasantly surprised how easy it was to match up the stripes while sewing the cardigan. I sewed the entire garment on my serger and used wonder clips to match up all the stripes. Going as slow as my impatient brain could handle, I sewed it up removing the wonder clips as I went and bam! Perfectly matched stripes!
There are so many great options for this cardigan in terms of fabric – I would love to make one in a sweater knit or another rayon spandex.
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Sewing Friends are the Best Friends
I was so fortunate to meet up with Mac from Sew Altered Style and Tammy from D&H Fabrics and Co last weekend to take these fun pictures in Northern Virginia. Major thanks to Mac for totally stepping up my pictures game by shooting these on a real camera and making me laugh through the whole process!
I received this pattern free of charge in exchange for me sewing up the cardigan. As always, all opinions are my own!
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