Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

Step Four: Attaching the back

Open the piece you just sewed with the seams showing or right side down.
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Get you back piece and make sure you have applied stretchable fusible interfacing.  Find the middle of the back neckline by folding the back piece and place a pin there.easy cardigan


Pin the back to the neckline and sew at 3/8″.  Finish the seam with a three step zig zag or a serger.easy cardigan

Step Five:  Attaching the sleeves

Attach fusible stretchable interfacing to the hem on the sleeves.  Serge or zigzag the sleeves seam allowances.  Mark the back of the sleeve so you know what way the sleeve must be sewn.  I will use a pin because my fabric unravels very easily so I can't make a notch.

Spread the cardigan wrong side up, or with the seams showing.  The front and back will be on the sides and the armhole in front of you. On the picture below, the back is on the right and the front is on the left. easy cardiganPin the sleeve to the arm hole starting at the ends. Sew the sleeve to the armhole at 3/8″.

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50 Responses to Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

  1. gardenrealm says:

    I love the idea of this cardigan but am struggling to following th instructions and am pretty much guessing as i go. Did anyone else have any problems instructions?

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I am not finding any instructions for this pattern, as to, which pieces should I sew together first? Why am I only cutting one “side front”? What am I supposed to do with the “Back ribbing”? I am a beginner and though I got the patterns printed out, I see no directions. I would love some help too. Thank you!

    • Sarah says:

      Oh yeah, and also, where do the two strips go that we are supposed to cut out that do not have a pattern? I would appreciate your instruction. Thanks so much!

      • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

        Hi Sarah they they become the binding for the front and neckline, please see the picture.

  2. Vera says:

    Hi there, I couldn’t find the info whether I have to add seam allowances to the pattern or if it is already included?

    Many thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Vera, the seam allowance on this cardigan is already added for you. The patterns that do not have any seam allowance is because we will be using them on a new series of tutorials soon to come out.

  3. Andrea Letourneau says:

    Just completed making up this pattern using some sweaterknit fabric I have had in my stash for a very long time (more than a decade). I did a full bust adjustment to make it fit better on me. I think for next version I’ll make it from a lighter knit with a bigger “hood” & an additional 3″ length.

  4. Rachie Bull says:

    Hi there!
    Just a couple of questions. What is ‘stretchable fusible interfacing’? We don’t seem to have that here in Australia but I thought it might be called something else?
    And could you please explain about the ribbing on the back? Is it in place of hemming? Is it folded over and serged? It’s not very clear.
    Thanks for your time and all your beautiful patterns ?

  5. LeeAnne Bradley says:

    There is not an option to go to the second page, where the pattern is !

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  8. It said to cut two pieces 4×22 inches that werent in the pattern. What are those for? I didnt see them mentioned in the directions for sewing.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Where in the instructions did you see this? Are you sure you are in the right tutorial?

      • Karen Taylor says:

        After downloading the pattern, it’s at the end of the printing instructions. It’s been left from an old pattern. It confused me a few downloads ago. Now I ignore it.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          HI Karen, finally I found what you meant, yes there is that line about the 2 straps. Please disregard. I thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  9. Damjana says:


    this cardigan pattern is just amazing. So versatile, love the design. And just can’t believe you are giving it away for free! This one could easily become the new most popular pattern here at So Sew Easy. Thanks – and happy holidays!

  10. designbysue says:

    Is this a free pattern? I do not see the link to get it. Thanks!

  11. Hey Mayra, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    It’s my first time landing on your blog and I really like the pattern you shared. Going to try it soon.

  12. Kate says:

    Thanks so much for another excellent pattern. Just what I’ve been looking for with some great bonus features built in. I’m in Canada and always looking for good layering pieces when the cold weather hits. Not only will I make this in the suggested light bamboo knits, I’m thinking light/medium wool sweater knit and also light/medium stretch polar fleece. This is going to the top of my selfish sewing list!

  13. kathy says:

    Love it! Will be perfect with a dress that needs a jacket of some sort. And these are so stylish right now.

  14. Donna Gamble says:

    This pattern looks great. I think it would be great for mums with bubs who’d like to snuggle their babies in close when feeding or simply cuddling. The only problem is that I can’t find the link to download it. Can you help, please?

  15. carmen says:

    thanks for the lovely pattern, it’s perfect when you need to hide some extra pounds as I do !
    where can we find the actual bust/waist measurements corresponding to the sizes ?
    thank you,

  16. Juli Simpson says:

    Never mind. I just found it. I guess I need larger numbers. Thank you.

  17. Juli Simpson says:

    Where is the next page for the pattsrn? I would love one of these! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Jennette says:

    I love the pattern, but cannot get to the tutorial.I’ve tried Mozilla and Explorer and don’t see how to get to the next webpage.

  19. Marlette Louisin says:

    Very current. I’ve seen similar styles online but don’t like the prices they charge! Thank you for sharing this great pattern!! I have a feeling my DiLs and DGDs are going to be asking for one!!
    Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year

  20. Brenda Thompson says:

    Thank you for the pattern. So nice of you to give this away.

  21. Bobbie says:

    I really like the versatie ways to wear this cardi. Thank you for such wonderful patterns.

  22. What a great pattern, think the thumb link will make this perfect for my wheelchair.
    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this and so many patterns for free.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Lucy, England

  23. Lodi says:

    I can’t get to the 2nd page to get the pattern…

  24. Rosalie Neufeld says:

    Looks like a great cardigan!

  25. Judy Spooner says:

    Love this cardi and thank you for the pattern. I will be giving it a try in the new year. So much you can do with it and so practical at the same time. Wonderful.

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