My Laura Cardigan (Sinclair Patterns)
I made myself a brand new cardigan, the Laura Cardigan by Sinclair Patterns. I’ve been following Sinclair Patterns vicariously for a few months and I saw on the Facebook page that they were looking for sewists that would like to take part in their Sew-Along…so I applied, got chosen, and received the pattern free of charge (many thanks to Chris for the opportunity!).
The Laura Cardigan Pattern
The Laura Cardigan is a layered pattern, but what is the most relevant to me is that this pattern is available in 3 heights: Petite, Regular, and Tall. What a sewist’s life-changer! I chose Regular and had nothing to alter in length (FYI I’m 5’4″). 15 minutes saved! I sewed a US size 10 and it’s spot-on.
The Laura Cardigan pattern is also made of 5 PDF files: a Memo file, the Instructions file, and 3 pattern pieces files (wait? 3 files…remember the 3 lengths…here’s why you get 3 files!!!).
Look at these pockets!!! Aren’t they cute and almost invisible! I’d say they are great for one tissue, but you won’t put your hand in it.
My own Laura Cardigan
My Laura Cardigan is the right length and it’s so comfy because of the woolen knit I used (from the closed shop Lolie-shop).
You must use some fabric with drape to get the full potential of the handkerchief-type of hem. And look at that curved hem at the back *swoon*.
As far as the hem is concerned, I decided to ditch the coverstitch this time and use a decorative stitch from my sewing machine. If the hem doesn’t need to stretch, it’s a bit different for the cuffs, so if you decide to use decorative stitches, please use one that can stretch. Because of the type of fabric, I chose to temporarily glue the hems with Dritz Washaway Wonder Tape. What a great invention, but it’s rather tricky to get it in France!
You can also notice that I sewed the hems with some Maxi-Lock Swirl thread. I do love the effect of such a variegated thread on hems. It adds a nice pop of colour on solid fabrics. This thread is not common at all in France and is rather expensive, but I love it so much!!!
Another Laura Cardigan soon?
Sure, but this time I will use some closure. I didn’t on this one, because I couldn’t find the right color for a frog closure.
My earrings come from my favorite Etsy shop, Bronze-N-Roses (hum…it’s been a while since my last order LOL)
So, are you ready to sew yourself a Laura Cardigan? It really is a quick sew and totally beginner-friendly.
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