Transformable easy cardigan: dressing in layers

Step Six: Finishing the easy cardigan

By now you should have one crazy piece of work.  Don't get lost.  I recommend, but it is not essential, to add stretchable fusible interfacing strips 1/2″ wide to the hems of the the cardigan.  This is to prevent the notorious wave look of some knit fabrics when sewn.  Please practice on a scrap of fabric to avoid ruining the cardigan at this advanced stage of the project.

There are a few ways to tackle the hem.  Use the interfacing with a ballpoint needle and a straight stitch.  You can also try a walking foot and a regular needle.  Or a twin needle and fusible stretchable interfacing.

Of course if you have a coverstitch machine, then you are the “Queen of Sewing” already and I've got nothing to say to you as I simmer here in Singapore turning the color of the project.  Pure envy!  Yes I know it's a sin.  Someday I too will get a coverstitcher…

I'm opting for the jersey twin needle, fusible stretchable interfacing and my serger.  Sounds complicated, but it's not.  The hem will look like I made it with a coverstitch sewing machine (almost..).

Add fusible stretchable interfacing on the front and the sleeves hem, as well as the neckline.  easy cardiganeasy cardigan1.   Fold the neckline seam allowance 3/8″ and using your twin jersey needle sew the edge of the neckline.

easy cardigan  2.  Fold the hemline 3/8″ and sew using your twin needle.

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3.  The last seam you are going to make is the side seam.  Start sewing from the hemline to the sleeve.

4.  This step is optional, the sleeves are slightly longer.  So the sleeves and stop 4″ from the hemline.  Leave an opening of 2″, and continue sewing until the hem of the sleeve. 

This opening is to insert you thumb through it.  Sew a straight stitch around the opening.Fold the hemline of the sleeve at 3/8″ and using your twin needle sew the hemline.

This is how the side seam should look like.

There are at least three ways to wear the cardigan.  I could argue that there is a 4th way, however I will let you discover it.  Send me a picture and I promise to share it on the site.

Until next time!


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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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