Today I’m sharing with you how to create my “Everyday Cardi.” This is my go to for running errands, traveling, and just about everything. It’s a versatile piece that can be worn several ways and for many occasions. The tutorial is simple with only three pattern pieces and one is just a big rectangle. If you're not sure about drafting a pattern just yet, this one here from Burda Style is will work great. I also will be using my Brother 1034 DX Serger which is perfect for sewing with knits. If you don’t have a serger, that’s fine, a sewing machine will do!
2 yards knit fabric
For fabric I suggest a lightweight, jersey knit with a 4-way stretch like this solid rose knit from Fabric.com. They have an array of colors and it drapes perfectly for this wrap cardigan. For serger thread I always use Coat's Surelock Thread which matched well with the dusty pink knit.
Use the above template as the pattern.Fold the fabric in half and follow the measurements in the template above.I used a fabric with 4-way stretch and used the selvage as one of the edges for the top.From the fold, measure out 7” and the selvage edges 10.5”. Mark this intersection and from that point, measure down 6” and cut (just the 6” shown as the dashed line).Then cut a slight oval shape around to create armholes. Don’t cut too wide, just a ½” out if you’re using knit.
Note: I used my Brother 1034 DX Serger with the 4-thread overlock stitch to construct the pieces together. Therefore I had about a ¼” seam allowance. If you’re using a sewing machine, adjust the seam and hem allowances accordingly.Sleeves (optional).You don’t have to add sleeves and from this point just finish the edges.For the remaining edges I used a 3- thread rolled hem. Because it’s knit, you don’t HAVE to hem all the edges but for me I like the overall finished look.Draft a sleeve pattern to add.I just created a slope that measured the arm opening and the length of the sleeve for a long sleeve.
Tip: Use the selvage edge as a hem. It has a natural finished edge and drapes well on the front of the cardigan.
Serge the sleeve seam right sides together.
Pin the sleeve to the bodice opening (the oval you cut). Because there are no side seams on the bodice make sure you place the sleeve in evenly.
That’s it! Now go make one in every color. I had to limit myself to making them once a year or I’d have every color and print taking over my closet.