Step One: Preparing the fabric.
Lay the fabric on a flat surface and let it rest overnight. The resting time allows the fabric to relax if it is overstretched. Apply fusible tricot to the armholes, shoulders and neck.
Step Two: Sewing the back and shoulders
Place the back yoke print side down, pin the tulle and sew at 5/8″ using your serger. It is possible to make this long cardigan using only your sewing machine by using a stretchable stitch. Some machines have a stitch that resembles a serger. Check your manual for the best stitch possible.
For a bit more background on sewing stretchy knits, please check out our article on the topic linked below:
Step Three: Sewing the sleeves and sides
Place the two notches of the sleeves to the back and align the middle notch of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.
Sew the sides of the cardigan and the close the sleeve.
Step Four: The neck binding
Cut two 4″ wide strips of fabric the length of the cardigan from the middle of the neck to the hem. You can measure this off the pieces you have already sewn.
Sew both strips right sides together and end to end at 5/8″ to make one long binding. Serge the seam allowance to eliminate the bulk. Fold lengthwise and pin the center seam of the binding to the center of the neckline.
Start sewing from the center of the neckline to the hem.
Step Five: Hemming the long cardigan
Change your machine to a twin needle. Fold the hem 5/8″ and sew very slowly. Do not stretch the fabric at all. Let your machine do all the work. Or you can use of cover stitch machine if you have one.
If you need some more guidance about how to use a twin needle, please check out our tutorial linked below:
In five easy steps, it is possible to have a very stylish cardigan. Worn with leggings and a tank top, it has become my go-to outfit to rush out of the house to pick something or someone. It is the perfect car ride outfit or for a long haul overnight flight. As for my mother, she uses her easy long cardigan with straight pants or jeans but hiding her bum is no longer the reason. She is turning 70 in a couple of months and she's no longer concerned about what people think.