Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Claire Cardigan Sew Along Day 2

Claire Cardigan Sew Along Day 2


Assembling the pattern and Cutting the Fabric


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Day 1 Choose your fabric CLICK HERE
Day 2 Cut your fabric
Day 3 Pin and Sew
Day 4 Hem 
Day 5 Share a pic to WIN a prize!!


Yesterday we talked about choosing your fabric and all the PRIZES YOU CAN WIN!!  You can find that post HERE. Today we are going to assemble the pattern and cut out the fabric. Let's get started!

1. Printing your patternWhen you print, make sure your printer is set to Page Scaling NONE or Print at 100%. Make sure your 1 inch square or 5cm square measures correctly.
**A0 Copy Shop Printing: If you are printing in A0 format, print the last page of this pattern on a large format printer. No taping required. 

Assembling your pattern - I like to make a stack of one row at a time (4 pages) and trim along the bottom and right side of each page. Then I lay out the pages horizontally and match up the diamond shapes along the page borders until I have my top row completed and tape. I always tape at the cutting lines of my size, so as I cut out, it will stick together.


Pages trimmed and diamonds matched for top row
Then take your next row of pages (4 pages), stack and trim the bottom and right sides. Lay out your second row and tape together.
 Repeat until your pattern is complete.



2. Choosing your size. For the cardigan pattern I chose my size based on my bust size. Look at the size chart on page 2 to find your size. 

Determining cardigan length:  You can easily add on length to this cardigan! Some of you may want to make a longer version or even a duster cardigan! Simply lower the bottom horizontal line as many inches as you need. That will be your new hem cutting line. To get the perfect length, measure from the top of your shoulder down to where you want your cardigan hem to hit and write that down. To do this, I measure from my shoulder, down and over my bust and down to my mid thigh. I want a desired final length of 31 inches. When I cut, I will make sure from the top of the shoulder pattern piece down to the bottom hem is 32 inches because I need to add 1 inch for seam allowance and lower hem. 

Determining sleeve length: To measure the sleeve length you need, measure from the top of your arm to 1 inch below your wrist while your arm is slightly bent. I get 23 inches and then I add 1 inch to get a sleeve length of 24 inches. Some of you may want to add extra length if you like to tuck your hands into your sleeves when you are chilly!  

When I measure the length of my sleeve pattern piece I need to cut mine at 24 inches long if I am not adding a cuff. If you are adding a cuff, you will subtract 3 from your number and make sure your sleeve length is long enough. If I was adding  a cuff I would make sure my sleeve is 24 - 3 = 21 inches long. 

If you are adding cuffs, cut two strips
according to size:
XS: 8 inches long x 8.25 inches wide
Small: 8 inches long x 8.5 inches wide
Medium: 8 inches long x 9 inches wide
Large: 8 inches long x 9.5 inches wide
XLarge: 8 inches long x 10 inches wide
XXLarge: 8 inches long x 10.5 inches wide
XXLarge: 8 inches long x 11 inches wide

3. Cut out your pattern pieces Using the measurements taken above, cut out your pattern pieces for the cardigan bodice (cutting along the higher BACK neckline) and sleeve.


4. Cut out a back piece. Lay your cardigan BACK on the fold and cut around your pattern piece.

5. Cut out a front piece. Trim along the cardigan front neckline, lay your pattern piece on your folded fabric and cut around your front pattern piece. This is NOT cut on the fold. I placed it close to the fold to save fabric.


6. Cut out your sleeves. Lay your sleeve pattern piece on the fold. Cut around your pattern piece and repeat so you have 2 sleeves.

7. Cut out pockets (optional).

XS, S or Medium 8 in long x 7 in wide
L, XL, XXL or XXXL 9 in long x 8 in wide


You're done for the day!!
All your pattern pieces are ready and tomorrow you sew!!
Hope to see you then!
Need some encouragement to finish?? How about some AMAZING PRIZES?? See below!


Thank you to our fabulous sponsors!

Guess what? We have some FABULOUS prizes from some AMAZING Sponsors!! Starting this Friday, October 27th, you will be able to start sharing photos of your Claire Cardigan for 1 week! Next Friday, November 3rd, 3 winners will be chosen! Want to hear about them?


First Place Winner will receive:
 1 MRFB of Sly Fox Fabrics (up to $95 VALUE) 
and a $25 Seamingly Smitten store credit!

 What?!? Yes!! Thank you so much to Katy Kemper of Sly Fox Fabrics for donating such a fab prize!! Check out all of her gorgeous fabrics at SLY FOX FABRICS!




Second Place Winner will receive 

a $20 store credit to So Sew English Fabrics
and a $25 Seamingly Smitten store credit

Thank you so much to Chey Ferris for donating this! AND she is offering everyone $5 OFF your $30+ purchase using code 5OFFSAL at checkout (Texas Fundraising Fabric not included). Check out her bundles, too, here at So Sew English Fabrics!






Third Place Winner will receive 

$20 Amazon Gift Card
and a $25 Seamingly Smitten store credit 

Happy Sewing!!
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