Meridian Cardigan + Leapard Print + GIVEAWAY

Leopard print may have been a bit of a wild choice.

But I went all in, so I might as well own the result. BAM baby, I’m in leopard print! And my remote is so dang cool in these pictures. Don’t you think?

This was made using the Meridian cardigan sewing pattern by Imagine Gnats. She’s in the middle of a big blog tour right now, and you can see all kinds of versions all over the web this month. I especially like this version with faux leather sleeves. You know how I love those!

I made one slight change to the cardigan, which made it an especially quick sew. The pattern calls for a second fabric to make the cardigan fully lined–which is perfect if you live in cold weather–but was was too warm for me. (It’s 81 degrees today!) So, I left off the second fabric and made mine a single-layer cardigan. To cover the raw edges, I made some easy knit bias tape and stitched it on with a zig zag stitch. (Cut a 1″ strip of knit fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise and press. Fold it over the raw edge and pin every 1″. Repeat until all the raw edges are incased. Stitch on with a zig zag stitch).

I used this same method to make Abby a cardigan last year, and you can see the instructions HERE. It’s a nice simple way to add a bias edge to a cardigan, since the knit edge will not fray in the wash. I have a couple other items like this and they’ve held up really well over time.

The Meridian cardigan is flirty, flowy, and fun. I think it will be perfect over my swimsuit in the summer! (Sorry no pics of that, yet. I’m not sure I’m ready to get into my 50’s-style bombshell suit on this blog just yet.)

My only issue with the end result is size. This has happened to me before because my chest measurement doesn’t always match my small shoulders and overall bone frame. I also recently lost 12 lbs (whoop!), which probably contributed to the size confusion. I should have made it about two sizes smaller, but I guess that’s not a bad problem to have! It’s better than a cardigan that is too small, eh?

Good news: All Imagine Gnats patterns are 20% off for the month of January with the code “januarytour.”

And now for the best part: GIVEAWAY TIME! You can enter to win the Meridian Cardigan PDF Sewing Pattern using the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will stay open until Friday at midnight PST, and I will email the winner on Saturday morning. You can enter by leaving a blog post comment (please answer the question, because I’m sooo curious!), or like CailaMade or Imagine Gnats on Facebook. Thank you so much for reading and entering. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

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Does anyone else feel like it’s time to start sewing for Spring and Summer, or is that just because I’m sweating in 80+ degree weather?? My next to-sew project is a sundress for Abby. I am not even kidding. 


  1. says

    I love the animal print paired with jeans! The jacket is casual enough but still smart if you wear it with black pants I think. One of my fave meridians so far.

  2. says

    I love sewing clothes for myself, but the scariest part is figuring out sizing, especially for a dress – I’m always a few inches smaller on top than bottom.

  3. says

    You are adorable and I love the cardigan! I think the scariest thing for me is fit! I’m always worried about that – I don’t want to take the time to make something only to have it look wonky. And I’m not so good at figuring out fit as I go! I want all patterns to magically fit me with no alterations. lol.

  4. says

    Fitting the post baby body is the scariest thing for me. I’m short with narrow shoulders, but also busty and carry my excess weight all in my waistline! So I’m not a standard size. Lol.

  5. says

    The scariest thing for sewing for myself is good fit. Especially when I’m sewing with special fabric and I really want it to turn out.
    What a fun cardigan you made! Thanks to you and Imagine Gnats for the giveaway.

  6. says

    The scariest thing to sew for me are pants! I am sewing for a couple of years now, and I am just now attempting to sew my first pair of self-drafted trousers… Lets see how this goes… 🙂

  7. says

    The scariest thing to sew for myself are clothes in particular, because of my size. I would love to win this cardigan to see if it works for my size! I am 3’5″ tall, and have difficulties finding a pattern that could easily work for me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. says

    Hmmm… not feeling comfortable in something I made is the scariest thing. I hate wasting time, and if the end result is not comfy, I know it’ll never get worn = time lost!

  9. says

    Love your leopard print version!! 🙂 Scariest thing for me is always wondering if it will actually fit and I’ll like it in the end….

  10. says

    scariest thing is cutting up so much fabric (compared to kid sewing) and not knowing for sure if it will fit/flatter when done!

  11. says

    Scariest thing is whether all that effort will result in something that fits. It gets very frustrating sometimes, but I keep trying!

  12. says

    Pretty much the same for everyone I guess, worrying about the fit! Especially if, like me, your too lazy to make a muslin first!

  13. says

    I love the single layer! I had the same fit issue at the shoulder so I had to adjust. My chest and shoulders don’t normally match up pattern wise either. 🙂

  14. mjschuette says

    Love the leopard print. Scariest is knowing that people will oooooh and ahhhhhh and I don’t want them to look too closely!