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« on: March 13, 2013 11:19:32 AM »

The pattern of this very easy cardigan is a simple rectangle piece, folded in half and sewn in a way that two holes for the hands are created. I added  two tubes at these holes to create sleeves.
This design wasn't very flattering on me because I'm short. But worn with a tunic made of  the same fabric is much better.
The construction of the cardigan is shown  at the last pictures.
I hope you like it!!

the cardi folded in half:

The cardigan looks like this when you don't wear it. It's a rectangle (80 cm x 85 cm) folded in half creating this way a smaller rectangle (40 cm x 85 cm). The folded smaller rectangle has the one long side open, and the two vertical shorter sides are sewn closed, except two small holes where the sleeves are attached.

I will try to explain this using a piece of paper instead of fabric. So..... cut a rectangle of fabric as shown at the picture

Fold in half the  rectangle (with the right right sides of the fabric together) so you create a rectangle 40cm x 85 cm as shown at the picture. Sew the 25 cm from point A to point B and from point C to point D. This leaves an opening (of the rest 15 cm) near the fold at each side. These are the armholes.

you can try your cardigan. Put your hands through the larger hole and next through the two smaller ones. If you like it that way hem it and its done!!!

You can change the dimensions of the initial rectangle: the 85 cm creates the width and the 80 cm creates the length of the final garment. You can correct the armholes as well.

If you want sleeves go to the next step.

Cut two pieces as shown at the next picture. You must measure the perimeter of your upper arm and the wrist. You must also decide your sleeve length. And  don' t forget to add seam allowances.  


fold each sleeve in half ( right side of the fabric inside) and sew the sides as shown:

Try your sleeves before you sew them on the cardi, they must be very fitted or else the cardi will slip

Turn the sleeves so that the right side of the fabric is at the outside. Put the sleeves at the openings of the cardi (which must be with the wrong side of the fabric at the outside) as shown at the next picture

push the sleeves until their edge is at the edge of the armhole:

pin them at the armholes and sew across the perimeter of the armholes. If the sleeve opening is smaller than the armhole just strecth it evenly to fit.

Hem and you are done!!
I forgot the most important!!!!
You can use only stretch and drapey jersey for this cardigan. If you make it sleeveless you can also use  woven fabrics but 1. they must have nice drape and 2. make larger armholes
« Last Edit: March 15, 2013 04:11:27 PM by liliv-1 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013 11:31:06 AM »

Beautiful, as always!
You have great sewing skills and a good eye for what kind of garmets look good on you.

« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013 11:43:16 AM »

Thanks BeaG!
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2013 05:18:47 AM »

It's lovely!

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2013 10:00:49 AM »

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2013 03:06:48 PM »

Super cool!  Great job!
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