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TUTORIAL: DIY V-NECK CARDIGAN
Here's what you'll need:
The first step is to make a pattern using the Make Your Own Cardigan Pattern. (I promise it's super easy!!!)
- 1 yard of fabric
- 1/4 yard of knit ribbing
- 4 - 6 buttons
- Sewing machine or Serger
Using your self drafted cardigan pattern, cut the following:
- 2 sleeves on the fold
- 2 front pieces
- 1 back piece on the fold
- About 50-60 inches of ribbing
- About 14 inches of knit fusible interfacing
You should have pieces that look similar to the above photo.
Attach the front and back pieces together at the shoulder seams. Use a stabilizer to prevent the shoulder seams from stretching if you are using a knit.
Measure the distance around the entire front edge of the cardigan. (the two front edges and around the back neck) Cut the ribbing/trim to that measurement, allowing 1/4 inch seam allowance on both ends to sew an encased edge. Iron the fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric. You only need interfacing where the buttons and button holes will go. This is probably 5-8 inches from the bottom edge of the cardigan. Fold the ribbing/trim in half and sew the edges to make an encasement. Flip the ribbing inside out and press. Set aside, you'll need this later.
Pin in the sleeve and sew.
Add the ribbing/trim to the bottom of the sleeve and sew
Sew the front and back pieces together.
Add the ribbing/trim to the bottom edge of the sweater and sew
Pin the ribbing/trim around the edges and sew. Be sure to line up the sewn edges on the ribbing with the bottom edge of the cardigan.
Press the ribbing/trim so the fabric will lay flat during top stitching.
Using a double knit needle, add a top stitch (optional)
Pin the faux pockets wrong side down and sew. Flip the pockets right side up and top stitch in place.(optional)
The only thing left to do is to sew the button holes. Unfortunately, I did not take photos of this process. Sewing button holes is my least favorite thing to do. I try very hard to avoid using them in general. That's kind of difficult when sewing a cardi because the buttons are a part of the overall look, not to mention its functionality. Anywho, I'm sure you got it from here.
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