Do you recognize this blue cardigan? It’s the one I made for Abby’s Jess Dress ensemble during week 2 of the Project Run & Play sewalong! Here Abby is wearing it with her Heather Ross mermaids dress which she has been wearing for-ev-ah. Maybe when Spring rolls around again I’ll do a tutorial for it, since it’s a sun dress and we’re moving into fall here. Finally.
Anyhoo. Back to the cardigan…
I love blue on Abby but she always wants to wear pink, or fushia, or white with pink… you get the picture. I had to wrestle this cardi on her the first time but now she luuurves it.
She’s been playing little monster in it all week. Raaarrrr!
Anyway, what you really want to know is how I put this cardigan together, so here’s the skinny.
This cardigan was made using a t-shirt pattern, it has no hem (hurrah!) and the bias binding was left raw and attached using a zig-zag stitch. It’s girly, yet slightly edgy.
I started with Made By Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee in a size 3T. Abby usually wears a size 2T, but I’m starting to make things a little big so they’ll last longer. A cardigan should be a little bigger than a t-shirt anyway.
If you don’t have Rae’s skinny tee pattern yet, I totally suggest it as a staple. But you can use any t-shirt pattern to make a cardigan like this. Or you can trace a tee and make your own pattern, it’s up to you!
You can see all my pieces cut out in the picture below.
2 long sleeves
2 front pieces
If you’re using the Flashback skinny tee pattern, just cut the front piece in half straight down the middle, or just don’t cut it on the fold to begin with. Either way, you should end up with two front pieces.
This cardigan doesn’t button down the front, so no need to add space for a button placket.
Note: I wanted this cardigan to have a nice waist, so I trimmed the side seams in with a curve. Can you see this in the picture below? This is what gives the cardigan a nice fitted look.
Now follow the pattern directions to construct your cardigan. First, sew the shoulder seams. (BTW, I used my sewing machine, not my serger, because I didn’t have enough time/was too lazy to change my white thread out for blue).
Note: make sure the right sides of your fabric are facing while you construct the cardigan!
Turn your cardigan inside out and pin along the under part of the arm, along the arm pit and down the side seam. Make sure your seams matchup at the arm pit. Stitch this down with whatever seam allowance the t-shirt pattern calls for (I used 1/4″) and press.
This is what you have so far: