February has whizzed by, and I was slightly concerned about getting the second Sew my Style make made in time for the end of the month! However, I did not have to worry as it turned out to be a relatively simple make, even if it was with knit fabric.
I had mixed feelings about this pattern when I saw it in the challenge. While I like over-sized baggy clothes, particularly cardis and jumpers, I wasn’t sure about its very shapeless design. However, part of this challenge is for me to try out different types of patterns, and I was reluctant to avoid it.
The Saunio Cardigan by Named comes in 3 sizes. I picked the middle one. Each size covers garment sizes, so as a result, it means that the pattern is more over-sized if you’re further away from the top end of the size range measurement.
Instruction-wise, it’s a lovely simple sew! It is very good at recommending tape to stop the shoulder seams from over stretching, which is a big risk due to its baggy design.
I used my overlocker for all of the seams and only used the sewing machine for securing the hems at the end at the bottom and on the sleeves. I opted for a 3 step zigzag stitch for the hems – I do have a ballpoint twin needle, but I’m a bit wary after breaking the last one! the thread matched the fabric so well that I don’t feel that it’s made much difference.
I used a lovely knit fabric from my local haberdashery, which I feel has worked well. It’s quite stretchy, but I like the neutral colour, and think it will be great in the spring or summer evenings (or just summer days being based in the UK!)
I liked the blog post from Bluebird fabrics, which suggested making a belt for this make, and I have seen versions online of this cardigan having a large popper at the top to secure the front sides together. I can see why these adaptations have been made as it does feel a little like it could slip off your shoulders, but I quite like the open design and will trial it without any additions for now. I have fabric spare if I change my mind.
Overall, I would certainly recommend this pattern as a good one to work with your overlocker if you’re new to using it with knits. I haven’t used my overlocker very much for creating seams directly, preferring to err on the side of caution and use my sewing machine, but it does produce a lovely finish if you do use it.
I’m a big fan of the sleeves, which surprised me, as I wasn’t sure about them when I cut them out. I like how they are baggy up the top and narrow down to be more fitted at the hem. I thought I’d dislike the cropped sleeve length too, but it turns out that I am fond of this feature too!