Sep 10, 2011

Sleeveless Cardigan with Draped Sides Part 2

This is where we got to in Part 1
1. Using both cuffs from the cardigan you are working on and the other cardigan that you chopped up, cut off leaving a 1cm seam allowance.

Take one of the cuffs and lay over the shoulder of the cardigan to decide where you will want to cut the  armhole (allowing for the width of the ribbing that you will add later)
Then using chalk draw all the way round where you want to cut the armhole. Then whilst allowing 1cm for a seam allowance start cutting.
It should look something like this. It will seam a bit large at first but by the time you allow for the ribbing it's not so big.
Take  2 of your pieces of ribbing, put right sides together and stitch sides and zig zag raw edges.
Then using alot of steam, really stretch over an iron board as much as possible and keep pressing and steaming to make as big as possible. Leave to one side for a bit.
2. To make the belt at the back, get a bit of left over sleeve and cut section that when doubled is the width you want. For me it was a total width of 10cms including seam allowance.
Take you belt and fold over and press again stetching as you go.
Stitch using straight stitch, right sides together all the way along. then turn the right way round and stretch and press.
Then decide how high or low you want this belt to be positioned.
This is one of the very rare occations when I do use pins, when I need to position something and stand back to look and the reposition untill I am happy
Once happy with position, stitch into place and cut off excess fabric.
3. Going back to the stretched cuffs stitched together, place them right sides together in the armhole of the cardigan.
Using an iron and thinly cut strip of 'Bond a Web' start glueing the ribbing into the armhole to hold in place ready for sewing.
When you sew make sure you sew along the line of where the ribbing meets the plain knit.
Trim off the excess fabric and zig zag the edges.
Should then look something like this. Repeat on the other side.
Now more of the all important stretching and pressing. Look at the difference in the 2 above pictures.
When finished should look something like this.
Once again this method could be applied to other projects like a big jumper into a giant Tank top with really deep armholes.
I've shown you how to do it now you be creative!