I’m in the home stretch of pregnancy (with very little sewing to show for it), but before we packed up my sewing room (because having a baby in June wasn’t enough – we’re also moving!) I wanted to sew up something for me to wear in the hospital and postpartum that is cozy, perfect for chilly mornings and air conditioned lounging. I chose to sew up the Laurelhurst which is my favorite cardigan pattern because of how easy it is to sew up and how versatile it is in my wardrobe!
The Pattern and The Cardigan
The Laurelhurst Cardigan from Straight Stitch Designs is a waterfall cardigan pattern that is a super quick sew. While it doesn’t have more than one view it does have different sleeve options and the ability to style it in different ways depending on the fabric choice and the clothes you pair it with. I love the Laurelhurst because it’s a really nice length – some cardigans can be overwhelmingly long and I’m only 5’4″. This cardigan is the perfect layering piece for me. You can see my other Laurelhurst Cardigans here and here.
I will be the first to admit that sewing has taken a big backseat during my pregnancy. Between pregnancy wiping me out, work being extra crazy and us planning on moving right when the baby is born, my plans to sew all the things during pregnancy fell flat on it’s face. The little bit of sewing time I’ve made for myself I try to enjoy and not stress out about. But, as I was thinking about what I wanted in my hospital bag, a me made cardigan was a must. If you’re ever looking for a nice easy sew to add to your handmade wardrobe this cardigan is a great option.
I sewed up a size 10 which is 1 size larger than my pre-pregnancy size. This pattern only sizes based on bust measurement but I wanted to make sure the cardigan was roomy enough to get over my ever growing bump now and feel cozy postpartum too.
I sewed the entire cardigan on my serger and skipped out on hemming the sleeves or any of the cardigan. I was nervous that trying to hem it might take away from the drapey nature of the fabric and the way it was laying.
I sewed my cardigan up in this beautiful Raspberry Creek Fabrics Hacci Sweater Knit. I’ve been eyeing this sweater knit for a while and finally decided it was time to add it to my wardrobe. At first I was nervous it wouldn’t lay as nicely as maybe a bamboo knit in this pattern but actually it was perfect – not too thick, not too light, not too stiff, not too drapey.
Raspberry Creek has a handful of other Hacci Sweater Knits in stock too which make great options for all sorts of handmade pieces. It has 2 way stretch and is similar in drape to a double brushed poly. It does have a visible “wrong” side which you can see in my cardigan.
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I received 2 yards of fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics as part of their blogger team in exchange for sewing up and posting about this garment. As always, all opinions are my own.