During the month of May, I kept trying to reach for a long cardigan in navy. 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).
I used the long 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.
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.
It’s also good to know how to fix a hole in a sweater, because it might get ripped!
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!