I am delighted to be taking part in this tour. Having never sewn a cardigan I am pleased to be trying something new. I have to admit to deliberately picking cardigans I thought a) would look good but b) would be easy to sew! My first cardigan pattern is Womens Draped Cardigan from Seamingly Smitten. My fabric is quality stretch jersey fabric from John Kaldor purchased from Minerva Crafts.
Sizing wise I am a 14/16 uk which equated to a M cardigan or this pattern. I would describe my body shape as pear shaped.
I’m pleased with the drape of the cardigan.
and with the sleeve length – the pattern comes with three sleeve lengths:) It is a super easy sew, with great directions for sewing up with a regular sewing machine (I did use an overlocker but you don’t need to). The cardigan is quick to sew, I made it in an evening:)
The second cardigan is the Cocoon Cardigan Sewing Pattern. This can be sewn with a wooly knit to give a super cosy feel. To my surprise I chose a bright pink knit…????
The pattern comes with an optional hood. The sleeves are much wider than the first pattern.
The pattern comes in short, medium and long lengths – it’s great having the right length of sleeve:)
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Please do visit the other bloggers taking part and find some cardigan sewing inspiration.
Don’t you just love it when you are gifted free fabric? I was lucky to receive this lovely soft cotton. Initially I dilemmered about what to make with it until I spotted a lovely top with free pattern from Collette. Its super quick to whip up. The top just slips over the head with no fastenings to contend with. Its a great pattern for practising sewing skills, perfect for a beginner.
I did try on for fitting – and took in an inch either side, something must have gone array with my measurements!
The only bit to be careful with is ensuring the pleat aligns when hemming.
I love how the edges are bound with bias binding. I picked a complimentary colour but you could easily choose to make your own bias binding with top fabric. The bias binding does not sit quite as neatly as I hoped, but practice makes perfect so they say! It goes beautifully with my trousers which I found at a car boot last summer.
I recommend this pattern, its perfect for beginner sewers with no fiddly fastenings:) With September turning out to be stunning weather it looks like I can wear it for a while yet:)
I am delighted to join Radiant Home Studio 2 year blog celebration. Sara has an inspiring sewing blog… Plus beautiful photographs (good photographs on a blog are always a great plus).
Today I am sharing with you one of her tutorials ” Quilted Sketchbook Cover”. As an avid fan of upcycling I naturally turned to my fabric cupboards for inspiration. I thought it would be fun to sew it up from old shirts. The thought being this may make an ideal gift for a man.
The tutorial is presented clearly, with good written instructions as well as clear photographs – I do like good photographs to help me see the next step 🙂
Before I started I sprayed the shirts with starch in an attempt to cut out accurately the triangles. This did help prevent the fabric slipping however it did not help my sewing skills!! As you can see my accuracy is somewhat ascue, but I did try!!!
The question remains is it a suitable gift for a man?
Check out fellow bloggers taking part in the blog tour:
Plus Sara is holding a rare sale for her patterns, do check them out – she has some very stylish bags:)