Thursday, February 17, 2011

Striped Cardigan

I decided to go completley out of my comfort zone and make a piece of clothing that wasn't a skirt.  I have always stayed away from making a shirt or any sort of top, simply because it looks really hard and complicated.

But I had a ton of this cute striped knit fabric that I had picked up from the fabric district a while ago and figured I would give it a try.  It didn't even take a full yard of fabric.

It worked!  I was thrilled that it actually turned out.

Basically I just took one of my favorite cardigans (I love how long it is), and traced each piece of it using muslin.


I didn't take too many pictures while I was making it, because I wasn't really planning on it turning out right.



I folded the fabric in half and made the stripes go vertical for the piece that goes around the neck and down the front.  I like how it breaks up the stripes a bit.  
I had some gold buttons that I was originally planning on adding, but once I got this far, I thought that anything else might be a little much.  I like the simplicity of it.

I couldn't believe how easy it was!  After I created the pattern out of muslin, it took me about 2 hours to cut, pin, and sew it all together.  

Now I can't stop thinking of all the different cardigans I want to make.  Because a girl can never have too many cardigans.

75 comments:

  1. I love this! Oh my gosh, it turned out perfectly!! You have inspired me - I have a two-yard cut of comfy fabric at home that I bought because I thought it would make a fab cardigan...but I never touched it, because I fear making something "me" sized (when I usually only make kid stuff). But yours is so awesome, I think I'm going to try. Wish me luck!!

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  2. Love it! You are inspiring me to learn how to sew this summer!

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  3. I love it! Great job! Worked up a bit more courage to give my fave cardigan (or even a shirt I have) a try! But not quite there yet! :)

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  4. I love this! It is so adorable. I definitely need to try making one of these....

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  5. I'm really impressed Leanne - that cardigan is super cute! I'm always nervous about sewing anything for my top half. Even if it's with a pre-made pattern!

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  6. Tutorial pretty pretty please? :)

    Very cute - and you really CAN'T have too many cardigans.

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  7. seriously??! only TWO hours? That looks AMAZING! I have so many cardigans already but I would LOVE to make another one. you did a great job! LOVE it!
    Cardigans and Cookie Dough

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  8. That's great! Do you use a special foot on your machine for knits, or just change the needle?

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  9. Joy - I used a normal needle, but I did use wooly nylon thread in the bobbin. That helps give it some stretch.

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  10. Great job! It turned out perfect! I have a hard time sewing knits. I haven't tried the wooly nylon thread. Will definitely give that a try!

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  11. You should post a tutorial! I love this cardigan! Also, you should find a way to post your pattern pieces. It's always too hard for me to trace a piece of clothing I already own.

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  12. oh my heck! love this...totally jealous! seriously, you can never have too many cardigans!

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  13. LOVE it! Seriously. Now I kind of want to try and make one. Sewing knits scare the you know what out of me. Maybe I will be brave.

    Thanks for sharing. GREAT job.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  14. I love this blog! You should do a sewing class...I would love to take one from you! Also, where did you get that adorable pattern for the cardigan?

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  15. i love this. love. from the fabric to the end result: go girl! i mean, pink stripes?? perfection.
    YOURS, MINE AND OURS

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  16. Love it! I'm so inspired to try it myself!

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  17. It looks amazing on you! I really want to make this but I'm not sure if I could do the sleeves. If there was a way for you to post your pattern pieces and some details about the sleeves that would be wonderful!

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  18. Super, super cute! I LOVE it! :)

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  19. I second everyone who requested a tutorial!
    Really great job!

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  20. wow love this! makes me want to make a knitted version!

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  21. Super cute! Turned out fabulously.

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  22. Super cute... and you are right a girl can never have too many cardigans!

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  23. So cute! love it, great job! New follower!

    dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com

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  24. I love this! I saw this posted on Ucreate today and I had to come check it out! I'm linking you up on my blog today. Check it out: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/04/striped-cardigan.html
    By the way, I'm your newest follower!

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  25. So cute. I'm a fellow cardigan and stripe lover. I'm still a little scared to sew for myself though xD

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  26. I'm fairly new to sewing {especially garments} and am trying to figure out how you traced the pieces. Did you seam rip the entire cardigan apart or just trace and add a little for the seam?

    I love the fabric you chose {yay pink & yay stripes!} and also that you changed the direction of the stripes. I'd love to try one of these! :)

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  27. Good grief! All this time I've been looking for the perfect mustard cardigan when all the time I could have just made one! Duh! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  28. I love this! I wish I had a cardigan that was that adorable to make myself one. I tried (and failed) on sunday to make one for myself. Is there any way you would make a paper pattern (I know its for your size but it *might* fit me too!

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  29. Ah I'm your 700th follower! Yay! This is a realyl cute cardigan. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. BOO-YAH that cardi is awesome! Thanks for the tute! I saw some choc. brown and cream striped jersey in the clearance fabric section...I think I'm going to have to go and get it :)

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  31. Would LOVE to give this to my mom to make for me. I don't sew. :) Tutorial??

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  32. I love it!! I am your newest follower :)

    Becky
    justbeckause.blogspot.com

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  33. You were featured over at Today's Top 20! Woot Woot! :)

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  34. I am coming over from Ucreate. I was a Apparel Studies major so I am already enjoying your fun ideas.

    edgyk.blogspot.com

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  35. Your A-MAZ-ING!! I love it and want to try it out but I was wondering how you did the sleeves.

    ~Jaime
    JloMamaJama@aol.com

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  36. yes please do a tut and a basic pattern... love it

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  37. This looks SO good! I love it!

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  38. I love this cardigan. It popped into my head while I was at the fabric store this weekend and found some great knits on sale. I think I'm going to make my own version.

    http://frizzy-dizzy.blogspot.com/

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  39. love this! i was just thinking yesterday I should copy some of my favorite cardigans, I love cardigans!

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  40. Alright, Miss. Now you need some better pictures! Because THIS girl can't get enough cardigans. Really, on our tight budget, I can't. But I can sure howdy learn to MAKE them! I was telling the lady at the fabric store JUST today how much I'd love to make something with this navy and white striped knit fabric OTHER than an accessory... all while lamenting how very un-seamstress-y I am. This gives me hope! :) Please make another one with lots of steps! :)

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  41. I would loveeee a tut on this . i just bought a new machine and a cardi with my sorority letters on it would be the PERFECT first project =]

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  42. I LOVE this cardigan!

    I've always wanted to make my own clothes. My mum used to design and create all my clothes for me when I was a little girl but I've never actually tried to sew something myself (apart from the felt cushion I made in my design-tech class at secondary school which, to be honest, didn't turn out so well!)

    Your blog has inspired me to pull out mum's old sewing machine and give sewing a try. What would you suggest I start out with?

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    -Sarah

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  43. This is gorgeous. I have a striped shirt I wanted to make into a cardigan, but was stumped on the style. I plan to mimic this immediately. Thanks!

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  44. So SO Cute!! I Love anything pink, and I reallyy love cardigans! I will add this to my list of things to make!

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  45. Wow! this looks so simple yet fabulous! Can't wait to try it.

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  46. LOVE! I just started sewing and may try this!!! :) It looks great! :)

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  47. Very cute. I really think that the gold buttons would still make it look great! I guess just wear it awhile till you decide you are comfortable with a little new look to it :) Either way, LOVE it!! Great Job

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  48. This is absolutely adorable and I would love to try it, but I would definitely need some more detailed instructions. If you get the time could you possibly give some instructions with some measurements and such? That would be so wonderful. Thanks!

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  49. Love this so much! I am SO making one.

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  50. You are a creative genius!!!

    Why don't you provide a link for your special thread you keep mentioning so when people try to buy it, you can earn some money???????

    Just a thought, thanks for inspiring the rest of us!

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  51. I want this! So absolutely adorable and perfect for the cooler months that are beginning. I wish I could sew or knew anything about where to start. Seriously, I want this cardigan.

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  52. I just found your {oh-so-lovely} blog through Pinterest.

    I am dying to make meself a cardi now!

    I love your style! You are one rockin' Momma!

    xo
    Erin

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  53. i want to make one in mustard RIGHT NOW

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  54. Congrats! It looks awesome! ;)

    Hope you have a fun week!

    Miki.

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  55. Ohhh, I have got to buy some striped fabric sometime... I keep just remaking striped tees, but I need more options!

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  56. they STILL have this fabric at michael levine, I just saw it today.

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  57. Leanne, I stumbled on your blog on pinterest, and realized I'm pretty sure we had a class or two together at BYU! I think we had Bio 100 together, and both our missionaries had just taken off and we both married them! Anyway I LOOOVE your blog, you are so incredibly talented. Can't wait to see more. Anyway my name is Megan Wright (don't expect you to remember me off the top of your head!) and I live in Gilbert, AZ now so find me on FB if you want!

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  58. of all the cardigans I pinned on Pinterest, yours was the one I wanted to click on the link and buy....but alas....I can't.....unless you want to make me one?
    teandegd at gmail dot com (if you're interested) :)

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  59. Wow! I can't believe the perfect timing for finding this! I have been looking for a new cardigan and the style and length of yours is PERFECT! Is there any way that you can provide the cut-outs or pattern for printing?? Or even the dimensions? I want to make this so bad! And where is a good place to purchase that type of fabric for making apparel? Thank you for sharing your amazing talents!

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  60. Wow!!! First of all.. love your blog, and you inspire me to sew a lot of pieces to myself!
    That's the case of this cardigan.. I've been thinking about doing one (or many =) "because a girl can never have too many cardigans"
    Tks!
    Carol

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  61. This is gorgeous!! I just found your blog and I love the clothes you have made!

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  62. This is so stinkin cute! My mom bought me a brand new Singer 3 Christmases ago and it hasn't been used yet. Your blog and many others have inspired me and is easing a little of my intimidation.

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  63. This is awesomely amazing! Greaaaaaaaaat job! :D

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  64. I want to make one!!! What should I consider when buying the fabric?? (cotton, polyester, etc)

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  65. I love this! This sweater is perfect for the Fall, (I think). Do you sell them?

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  66. LACE LACE LACE! I wanna do this with lace! Newest subscriber here. It may be here already and I overlooked it, but could you add a Pinterest follow button, please?

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  67. Love it!!! i make some!!! Thank You!!
    www.aphotetic.com

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  68. This is adorable! Fyi pinterest told me this page had "spam or inappropriate content" im not sure what thats about ...i dont see anything wrong. Just wanted to make you aware. :)

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  69. http://warfieldfamily.com/2013/04/cardigan-tutorialfail/

    I made this tutorial of my version of this cardigan with step by step photos. I ended up messing mine up right before the hemming part,but at least you can see most of the step by step to make your own. Mine wasn't as long as hers,but next time I will make one longer.

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  70. Love it! would you be willing to sell a copy of the pattern? I have looked all over for one and can't seem to find any that I like as much as this style.

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