Posted on Wednesday the 27th September 2017 by Handmade by Lara Liz
Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz back again with another Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post. I almost always am wearing a cardigan and with autumn in full swing, I thought a cardigan would be the perfect fit for this month’s blog post!
I found the MIY Collection Longley Draped Cardigan Sewing Pattern on the Minerva Crafts website and thought it would be a fun new cardigan to try out! The cardigan features a deep neckband and hemband and fold back cuffs. It is a loose fitting cardigan with three sizes offered.
Once I selected the cardigan, I found this Sweatshirt Fabric that looked like a perfect match! One thing that I love about Minerva Crafts is some of the basics that you can get in different colors. This sweatshirt fabric comes in 3 colors all of which would be perfect for autumn.
The cardigan itself came together quickly. Due to it’s un-structured shape, it has a couple different ways to wrap yourself up in it. I sewed the entire cardigan on my overlocker. I need to hand stitch down some of the front facing pieces, but other than that it was all done on the overlocker.
It also was such a quick sew. The pattern pieces were different shapes than I was used to with cardigans due to the pattern shape, but with just a few pieces, I was able to sew it up in about an hour.
I don’t think I have particularly short arms, but I think that the sleeves are really long. I ended up folding them under mid-arm to keep the cuffs from being way past my arms. I think you could also fold up the cuffs if you wanted to.
This cardigan is a great layering piece for the cooler weather days. I think depending on the fabric you used, it would change the shape of the cardigan. The Sweatshirt Material I used gave it a pretty stiff shape, but a more drapey jersey would lead to a more drapey cardigan.
In a future version of the pattern I think I would love to try a more drapey knit (like these ones here and they’re on sale!) along with making a length adjustment on the sleeves as noted above. I’d also love to slim down the arms a little bit to make it a more fitted cardigan.