While nothing says “Fall!” like a cozy cardigan, I have a love/hate relationship with this wardrobe staple. Educators are well known for their love of cardigans and, over the years, I’ve witnessed many crimes against fashion (and self-love) committed through the wearing of dumpy, pilled, or otherwise horrendous cardigan sweaters.
When the #cozycardi challenge was announced on IG, memories of cardigan horribleness made me hestitate to participate; however, I wanted to try the Three-Hour Slouchy Cardigan from the Great British Sewing Bee book and this challenge provided a good excuse.
$27.00 for the book on Amazon plus shipping
No more than $20.00. I think I purchased this fabric from Fabric.com
I used a squishy grey sweater knit from my stash. It is a 4-way stretch and recovers pretty well.
This cardigan is “slouchy,” implying a loose fit. I made an extra small which corresponded to my chest measurements. The resulting cardigan fits exactly how I wanted- drapey and loose.
I deviated from the directions in only one aspect. The directions tell you to sew the hem and shoulder pleats using a twin needle. I struggle using a twin needle on my machine. No matter how many adjustments I make, the tension is always off. Instead, I used a basic zigzag stitch throughout construction. Twin needle stitching looks more professional, but in this squishy knit, I’m not sure anyone will notice I’ve finished the sweater entirely with zigzag stitches.
Perfect! I made no adjustments and I love the cocoon style proportions of the cardigan. So far, I’ve worn it as styled in the photos here as well as with a simple tank and leggings for a weekend Netflix marathon with my husband.
I recommend this pattern for any level sewist because the directions are clear and the garment comes together easily and quickly. For an experienced sewist, it’s a fast and satisfying make.
An added bonus is the “pattern hack” suggested by the book. Directions are given to hack this cardigan by making it up in a woven fabric. Made in a silk or chiffon, the resulting garment is a chic kimono-inspired topper. I like the look and am on the hunt for a dramatic woven print.