This sewing pattern is only available in PDF format, which we managed to fit on 20 pages! If you are not a fan of taping pages together, you can use the copy shop or projector files that are also included in the pattern.
You get 28 sizes in one pattern (kids and adult sizes) but can print one size at a time so you do not have to trace.
FABRIC CHOICEFor the first run, picking fabrics that have different right/wrong sides will help you better understand the instructions. Using a contrast front lining fabric will also help.
For this tutorial, we will be using a printed polyester knit (ITY). This type of fabric is easy to find and usually very affordable. Perfect for your first drop-pocket cardi!
NECK BINDINGThe first step is to finish the back neckline. Pin RIGHT SIDE of back neck binding to WRONG SIDE of back neckline, matching ends and centers. Baste with a zigzag and stitch 6 mm (1/4'') from edge, using a straight stitch:
Fold binding wrong sides together, its raw edge along the seam. Fold the wrapped seam allowance to the right side of the back and pin:
Topstitch along the folded edge of the binding:
VERY IMPORTANT: Open the front pieces before pinning the back shoulder to the FRONT shoulder. The finished edge of the back neckline it aligned with the seam. Baste with a zigzag, catching the back and front only (not the lining):
POCKET AND FRONT HEM
Stitch on the line and baste the side to keep the front layers together. Then, trim the bottom seam allowance 6 mm (1/4'') from the seam:
This step is not easy to photograph so we made a video showing how to manipulate the fabric.
Bring the pocket back into position, matching side seam notches of the four layers of fabric together. Baste with a zigzag along the raw edge of the fabric:
BACK HEM AND FINISHING
Pin back hem and topstich with a zigzag, coverstitch or double needle:
Fold sleeve hems to wrong side by 2.5 cm (1'') and topstitch:
You now have a comfortable transitional piece in your wardrobe! Layer it over a cami / tank top or sleeveless dress when it's cool outside or when the A/C is on at the office.
This cardigan may look complicated, but if you follow these steps, you will be surprised at how easy and quick it is to sew. It's one of those instant gratification pieces that you can make in different fabrics when you need to kick-start your sewing mojo :)