Standard Body Measurements
Use this measurements to choose the right size to your easy cardigan. It is supposed to be loose fitted except for the sleeves. Remember that the front drape can also become a hoodie.
Step One: Preparing the fabric for your easy cardigan
My recommendation when working with knits is always to lay the fabric the night before and work on it the next day. I find when I do this there are no ripples or bubbles in my stiches.
TIP: If you are using a super slippery knit like bamboo jersey. Lay a large cotton fabric, or a table cloth and then lay the jersey. This will stop the slippery fabric from moving around so much. I know that many people say cut the fabric between layers of paper……I just find that this technique dulls my scissors. But do what you think works for you best.
Place the front drape of the cardigan on the selvage. In other words, use the selvage edge as the end of the drape. We need the selvage to make sure the fabric is going to lay absolutely straight.
Step Two: Sewing the back
We will be starting to sew the cardigan from the back. Pin the sides and sew at 3/8″. Serge the seam allowances. Fuse stretchable interfacing at the shoulder seams.
Pin the ribbing to the back and sew at 3/8″ serge or zigzag the seam allowance.
Step Three: Sewing the front
Pin the sides and sew at 3/8″. Use your serger or zigzag to seal the seam allowance.
The next step might get a bit confusing because of the shape of the neckline.
The part that gathers at the back is also what can be used as a hood. This is the part that we need to sew before we can proceed.
Sew at 3/8″ and zigzag or use your serger. Notice the seam allowance rippling a bit. I will use a cloth and a lot of steam to iron my seams but, I will do it at the end to avoid over handling the fabric.