I reeeally like cardigans. My goal is to try multiple cardigan patterns this fall/winter. The first one of the season is here. I really like long cardigans, so opted to find another longer, knee(ish) length. I had picked up the Harper Cardigan by Sinclair Patterns this summer when it was still free on the website. Guess what-it still is!
I received this amazing new sweater knit from Boho Fabrics and honestly just held it for awhile. 🙂 It is so soft! I knew I’d be sewing up a cardigan and needed to decide which one I wanted to sew up. The Harper Cardigan had been popping up all over my Facebook recently, and I pulled up the pattern on my computer. I knew right away that this is what I would make! I love trying free patterns from companies before making purchases. I will definitely add Sinclair Patterns as a company to watch!
The fabric is SO soft. It is 11 ounces and has four way stretch and I knew it would be great for layering from fall through spring. I really like the subtle chevron look up close. One of my favorite parts of this fabric, is that when my cardigan swing open, the wrong side of the fabric is similar to the right side of the fabric, so the inside of the cardigan doesn’t stand out.
The Harper Cardigan comes in various lengths, which is great. I chose the tall pattern and selected my size to print. I did not have to add any height throughout the pattern! The construction is very simple and the directions are easy to follow-a plus in my book.
The front and bottom are finished with bands. This works well on fabrics that have very different wrong and right sides of fabrics. This also is good if you’re not a fan of hemming!
I chose to cuff my sleeves on this one. I like cuffed sleeves when the front is also finished with bands. To me, the look seems more consistent throughout the garment. I also made sure to add the pockets!
The other thing I made sure to do with this fabric was use clear elastic in the shoulder seams. I have not done this before in the past, and will definitely be doing this in the future with rapier fabric! The elastic helps hold the shape in the shoulders so things don’t get stretched out. After wearing this twice now, I can definitely suggest to not skip this step!
I had plans to wear this cardigan for work or with jeans… but then threw it on over leggings. I definitely think the Harper works for more of a lounge look, too! What do you think?
I’ve already worn this cardigan twice since I made it a week ago. 🙂 I had to wash it again before taking photos… so you can see how well the fabric has held up to a couple of washes! The first time I tumble dried it, but the second I hung it up to dry.
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