My first make of 2021. It feels good to start the year off with a win. I’m in love with the make I’m sharing with you today. It’s cozy. The fit is perfect. Everything is sewn beautifully.
If you have been following me for a bit, you know I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. She’s been dropping bombs on us left and right with Folklore and Evermore both released in 2020. The main piece of Merch from Folklore is the cardigan. She has a song named “Cardigan”. I took a lot of inspiration from this merch piece.
I didn’t want to buy that cardigan mostly because I prefer my handmade wardrobe. But I also wasn’t sure about the length and color for me. However, I did take a lot of inspiration from it. I noted the cable knit fabric, the star appliqué patches and 3 buttons for me own.
I also follow Lori from GirlsintheGarden on instagram. She recently posted this Cardigan which spurred me on in the making my own grandpa Cardi. I love her cardigan. She used the Esme Cardigan which is no longer available. After a bit of digging, I landed on the Patterns for Pirates Cardigan.
I got the star appliqués from JoAnn’s. They come in a pack of 3, so I got 2 packs. The great thing about the Grandpa Cardi is it has elbow patches in the pattern, so I was able to use the marking on the pattern to guide my placement of the stars. I attached the appliqués after cutting out my fabric but before sewing it all together.
I did want to make sure to show you the inside. It is a Faux cable knit, so it’s not on both sides like a real cable knit. I’m pretty sure Lori’s fabric was textured on both sides. But I did find this fabric very warm still.
I sewed up a size Large in the shortest length, no bands. I did a small bust adjustment. I also added an inch to the sleeve but it wasn’t necessary. The sleeves are long. I’m glad I didn’t add my normal 1.5″ I took the hem up an extra 1/2″ so the final garment is 1/2″ longer than the pattern. Keep that in mind if you make it and you have short arms. The sleeves come long.
I did cut the sleeves and body pieces on the crossgrain so that the cables would run vertically. The neckband and pockets are cut on grain.
I used my coverstitch on the pockets, hems and neckband topstitching. I love the coverstitch, it just levels up this make.
I really enjoyed this pattern/fabric combo. Thanks for reading.