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Just Another Cardigan

When I started sewing, colors that I’d never even given a second thought to in my life started stealing my heart. Grey is what I’m really into right now. I found some awesome grey sweater knit at girlcharlee.com and made another one of my cardigans with it.

This sweater knit has such a beautifully soft hand and feels so good on that I can’t stop wearing the sweater.

I made the trim around the sweater a little chunkier this time. And I used the sweater knit for the trim and the cuffs too instead of using ribbing. Oh, and I added a flower of course.
The ONLY sad thing about it warming up is that sweater season is almost over. But I am more than happy to leave them hanging in my closet until next winter if it means there’s no more snow.

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Cardigan And Cargos

Since it’s so cold, I decided I needed another cardigan. I made this one out of black hatchi sweater knit. I also made it long sleeved instead of three quarter length. 

It’s nice and warm.
I bought some little flowers at Walmart awhile ago and they’ve been sitting in my button box, just waiting for a use. So I hand-sewed some on my cardigan.

I also made Seth another pair of Oliver + S cargo pants. I love this blue camo fabric. I bought enough to make all the boys some pants, so it will be seen again shortly because Ezra’s are almost finished.

Four For Friday


This is Austin, wearing a cardigan she sewed out of my pattern (see tabs above to check out the pattern). She did a great job!
2. I drafted a pattern for a pair of jeans a few months ago and then made a pair. I made another pair this week, except shorts this time. 
Jeans take a lot of work. Both times I’ve made them it’s felt like I would never finish them. But then I do and I’m so happy!
The front.
Closeup of details.
Waistband, zipper, and belt loops.
3. I ordered some clothing labels a few weeks ago, and they finally came! The jeans are the first thing I’ve put a label in.
4. My next project is a maxi skirt. I’ve been drafting the pattern today and I’m almost ready to cut one out and see how it goes. I’m pretty pumped about that.
Your turn:
Do you own a maxi skirt? Have you ever made one?

Yellow, I Love You

I finished another cardigan, and I finally got the sleeves how I want them. This one is made out of some more fabric my friend Michelle got for me. It’s a jersey knit and is really too lightweight to be cardigan fabric, so I was worried about how it would turn out. But I actually like it and think it will be good for spring.

It’s going to Riley Blake so I don’t get to keep it, but I want to. I made sure I wore it around on Saturday before I have to give it away ha ha.

Anyway, here it is.

I didn’t have enough fabric to make ruffles on this one, so I did a flower instead. I am in love with flowers right now.

They’re so easy to make, too. I used this tutorial to learn how to make them. After you know the idea, you can do all kinds of things by lengthening or widening the strip of fabric you use and adjusting how much tension you put on the top thread of your sewing machine as you sew.

Oh yeah, and I sew my flowers onto my clothes with my sewing machine. It’s faster than hand sewing them and I think it’s sturdier too.

You can easily add flowers to store bought clothes too. So yes, they definitely rock.

After making this, I think I’m in love with yellow now. I can’t wait until I burn through my current stock of  fabric and can buy more because there will definitely be some yellow in there!

Cuff That Cardigan

I have been working on making a cardigan similar to this one that I love:

My first attempt came out ok.

But there were a few things I wanted to change about it. One of them was the sleeves because they were a little too baggy. I also needed to ease the neck area more.

I fixed the pattern up and made it again. This time the sleeves were too small. Rrrr!

I chopped the sleeves down because they were tightest at the bottom so at least I can still wear it, and I think I finally have the sleeves right. I guess I’ll find out for sure when I cut out another one!

Here’s the second one:

I love the bands (cuffs) on the cardigan. Bands are my favorite way to hem sleeves and bottoms of shirts because they’re so cute. If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, bands are the easiest way to hem because you don’t have to worry about your sewing machine stretching out the seam. The stretching happened to me a lot before I had a coverstitch machine, even if I used a walking foot and a twin stretch needle.

We’ll talk more about those awesome bands in a minute but first, if I’m going to keep going on about my coverstitch machine then maybe I should tell you a bit more about what it is exactly.

My coverstitch machine.

A coverstitch machine is a kind of overlock machine. A serger is also an overlock machine, but a coverstitch machine doesn’t cut anything away as it sews and the loopers don’t pass the thread above the fabric.

Coverstitch looper.

You can buy a serger and a coverstitch as one machine. I have separate machines though, and I like that because you have to disengage the cutter to coverstitch if you have the two functions together.

The best way to see what a coverstitch does is to go find one of your store bought t-shirts and check out the hem. That double row of stitching at the bottom is from a coverstitch machine.

Top and underside of a coverstitch hemmed t-shirt.

It comes in handy for much more than just hemming, though. But we can talk about that another day.

Now, back to those cuffs. To add a cuff to a sleeve, the first thing you need to do is figure out how wide you’d like your finished cuff to be. We’ll say we want to have a two inch finished cuff.

To figure out the width of the strip we need to cut, we need to double the finished width. That will give us four inches. Then we need to add a seam allowance to both sides of the strip. We’ll use a half inch seam allowance. That means we need to add one inch for the seam allowance (one half on each side of the strip). So we need to cut a strip that is 5 inches wide.

Width of cuff = Finished width x 2 + seam allowance x 2.

Now we need to figure out the length of the cuff. I think the easiest way to do this is to measure around your arm where the cuff will go with a tape measure. Cut your strip the correct width, and as long around as your arm is. You will probably end up cutting some off since the cuff will stretch, but this will give you a good length to start with.

If you like your cuffs really loose, then you could add a couple inches to your arm measurement.

Wrap the strip around your arm and decide how tight you would like it to be. Pin it to mark the desired tightness.

Then, add a seam allowance to both ends of the strip and cut the rest off. Now you have your strip. Cut another one for the other arm.

Fold the cuff so that the short ends are together and right sides are together.

Serge or sew down the short end of the strip, using our half inch seam allowance. Press the seam.

Now we have a circle. Fold the circle in half the long way, right sides out. Press.

Now, pin your cuff to your sleeve with the shirt seam and cuff seam aligned, right sides together and raw edges aligned. Gently stretch the cuff to fit the sleeve and pin again on the other side.

Serge or sew the cuff to the sleeve, gently pulling the cuff to match the sleeve length if needed.

All serged.

Press seam allowance toward the top of the shirt. Coverstitch or topstitch the seam allowance down and you are finished!