This is a super easy project. You’ll see that there isn’t a long tutorial because the design and construction are so simple. This cardigan is very minimalistic and streamlined –perfect for the busty girl. I have used tulle in the back to add a bit of drama but it is completely optional and you could use the same knit fabric to make the project even simpler.
The easy long cardigan is a design that has been around since the sixties. A favorite of women who have to step out in their pajamas to drop the kids at school. At least that is what we see in the movies, isn’t it? The fact is that it is a staple in women’s wardrobes. Worn with leggings and a tank top or shorts and heels, it is the perfect accessory to hide your bottom. Yes you read right.
There’s a little backstory to this design that I’d like to share with you. I was living in Sydney, Australia in 2001 when my mother came to visit. As far as I can recall, my mother never worn pants before that. In Sydney, winter weather is usually glorious except for a couple of weeks when it can get down to 10 degrees C or 50 degrees F and it’s often windy. As you can imagine, coming from tropical Panama, my mom’s wardrobe was not adequate, so we went in search of warmer clothes.
I had jeans in mind, but she refused to wear them. Her reasons shocked me. She said my father had told her 30 years back that she did not look good on pants. Determined to prove him wrong, I invited my mother to sit with me at a cafe and watch the people walking by. The women in Sydney were comfortable in jeans. That is what she saw and I was pleased. However, she was still hesitant to give it a try, so I made her an easy long cardigan. This would keep her warm and provide her some –what I personally felt was unnecessary– modesty. It did the trick and she’s literally worn that same easy long cardigan (and pants..) ever since. I wanted to share the concept with you. Let’s call it Sydney.
Key Features of the Easy Long Cardigan:
- Mid-calf but can be lengthened or shortened
- No buttons or belt giving a slimming and very elegant look
- Sizes 8 to 18
- Adaptable to printed or plain fabric
- Super easy to sew
- Thin cotton or rayon knit jersey. 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 yards depending on size. Please print the pattern to make sure you have enough fabric.
- Soft tulle to match the color of the jersey. 1 yard.
- Woven fusible tricot. I used Pellon.
- Sewing machine
- Double twin jersey needle. I prefer Schmetz.
- Jersey needle
- Cover stitch sewing machine (optional)
- or Serger
Finished Garment Measurements
See next page for pattern download.