Sunday, 27 March 2016

Waterfall Cardigan - Fabric Choice and Construction

Here are two versions of the Waterfall Cardigan.

I didn't manage to get this post up as soon as I'd hoped, due to bathroom renovations going horribly awry this last couple of weeks. Suffice to say the new bathroom looks worse than the old one. But that's a story for another blog.

The fabric I used for both cardigans are knits. 

The brown splotchy patterned fabric, it isn't very stretchy. It has about 10% stretch. It does have a beautiful drape though. It is quite lightweight too - the drape is important because if the fabric used is too stiff, it will create bulk rather than visually reducing it. This style would be unsuitable for a bulky fleece. Choose a fabric which looks as good on the wrong side as it does on the right side, as the wrong side is revealed at the front of the cardigan.

The green cardigan is a viscose jersey. It's very soft and stretchy, again with good drape.

When purchasing your fabric, because the front is twice as wide as the original front, you will need to buy an additional length compared to your original shirt - longer by the length of the front pattern piece, plus a little extra for the longer hems.


To construct the cardigan, I used the flat method of t-shirt construction- connect the shoulders, then the sleeve head is joined to the open arm hole. The side seams and sleeve seams are then joined in one connected seam. Obviously for this pattern there are two fronts rather than one joined piece, but the principle is the same.

You can use this post to guide you through, but you omit the neckline step and complete neckline and hems all in one go as the last step.

Once the cardigan is assembled, it must be hemmed or finished on the raw edges.

A neat finish is important as it will be clearly on display down the front of the garment. If you have an overlocker/serger, this might be a suitable edge. A rolled hem would also be suitable.

Because I found a straight stitch was not smooth on the fabric, I opted to use a narrow hem with a zig zag stitch. For the brown fabric I rolled twice, but on the green as I wasn't concerned about fraying and wanted to keep the bulk down, I folded once and zig zagged over the top.

There you go! And I'm off to make stuff as I'm outgrowing things as fast as I can put them together.