Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gretchen Cardigan - Pattern Review

*I am a Craftsy affiliate and this post does contain an affiliate link, however all opinions are my own.*


*Sorry this is an old post that I meant to publish in November...eeek!  I am so behind.*

The moment I saw this pattern I knew I had to buy it because it was too cute to resist.  I do admit that I was a little hesitant at first because I like quick projects and this pattern looked like it might take a while to sew, however I am pleased to report that the Gretchen cardigan came together quicker than I expected.

The instructions are very easy to follow and you can sew this cardigan without a serger....or if you have one, you can definitely use it.  I made this cardigan using jersey interlock from my stash and I made the cuffs out of matching rib knit (both fabrics were from JoAnn's).

Before I use my serger on knits, I baste my seams with my regular sewing machine.  I use a walking foot and I sew with the longest stitch length my machine has on it to make my basting stitch.  I learned this technique in the craftsy class I keep talking about (Sewing with Knits).  I tried to sew the ruffles using a zig zag stitch however I had some problems sewing zig zag with the walking foot.  I seriously don't know what I'm doing wrong...I tried playing with the stitch width and length and the machine didn't change the stitch.  I decided it was best not to ruin my work and to just use my coverstitch machine and call it a day.

When making this cardigan, I didn't follow every instruction in this pattern.  I decided not to make this a button up cardigan and I used rib knit for the binding.  I almost didn't have enough rib knit to make the binding so I kinda winged it and it worked!  I think the cardigan compliments the dress I made for little HB.  Next time I make use pattern I might try mixing prints like in the pattern pictures.  :)  

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