I have seen long cardigans everywhere lately, and I wanted one so bad. But then I looked at the price and how simple they look to make, and I couldn’t bring myself to buy one. So when Indiesew released the Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns, I got it right away because it is the perfect basic cardigan pattern (with three different lengths and two pocket options)!
I really wanted to make view B, but with the length of view C, so I cut view B, then cut all the way down the length of view C. Then I used view B’s neckband and added a few inches (for the added length). I also decided not to do the sleeve cuffs and lengthened the sleeves instead, and they are the perfect length!
I love this pattern, and the illustrations and instructions were so easy to follow along with! The pattern instructions mention that if you’re using a sweater knit with more stretch percentage, the cardigan will look more oversized. I sewed size C, but could have easily sewed size B with the type of fabric chose. I still really like the way mine fits, but definitely take that into account before you cut your size.
I bought this fabric over the summer at The Loft in LA, and I have no idea what the specific kind of fabric it is, but it’s some kind of ribbed sweater knit that stretches like crazy. Which is why I cut the fabric about a month ago and then after seriously struggling with trying to sew the pockets, I gave up. It had been haunting me until just the other day when I figured out a way to make sewing that fabric easier, and finished it!
I recently purchased another new pattern (the Panama Tee Dress!!), and as I was reading through the instructions, Alina mentioned that we should use some type of “stay tape” for the shoulders and hems so that they are more stable. I had a type of stay tape (I can’t remember what it was, but two rolls came in the package), and it gummed up my needle so bad that I quit using it.
So, I gave it one more try and looked at a bunch of different stay tapes online. The most popular one that I found (that I need to buy in bucket loads!) was Wonder Tape. This stuff has seriously changed my life and I am using it on knit fabrics until the end of time. It didn’t gum up my needle whatsoever and it washes out with water! Yep–It’s magic water-based tape.
I used Wonder Tape like CRAZY on those pockets (not even joking). I even used it to stick and pin the pockets on so that it wouldn’t move while I was sewing. If it’s just going to wash out, who cares how much I have to use! I also used it on my sleeves and bottom hem so that it wouldn’t stretch while I was sewing. I still used a zigzag stitch so that once the tape washed out my hem would still stretch (and it does!).
Since I wanted the shoulders to be more stable I didn’t use Wonder Tape, since it was just going to wash out. Instead, I used strips of interfacing and ironed them to the wrong sides of the fabric, along the shoulder seams. Then I sewed the shoulder seams together like normal. The shoulders are very stable, so that they don’t stretch and look sloppy.
Once I was finished with everything I tossed it in the wash and let it air dry. The Wonder Tape is completely gone and I LOVE my cozy new cardigan! It’s going to get lots of cuddle time when baby Braden gets here! 🙂
Pattern was provided by Indiesew, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.