Sew along, the Jamie cardigan
Sew along with us as we walk you through making the Jamie cardigan! You will notice that the sew along can differ from the sewing instructions included with the pattern. First you’re going to need to gather the supplies you’ll need to sew a perfect Jamie! This sample was sewn with a serger but you can use a regular sewing machine too.
- Fabric (for the fabric head back to the instructions to know what kind of fabric you need and the yardage)
- 1 bobbin of regular thread matching the fabric color or 3 if you are using a serger.
1: With right sides together, stitch the shoulders of front and back bodice together.
2 : Press the seam towards the back of the garment to finish.
3 : Spread out your garment. Align the sleeve cap to the armhole following the notches (1 for the back 2 for the front). Sew or serge the sleeve in. Press the sleeve and the seam allowance toward the inside.
4 : Pin the side seams and sleeves together all at once. Sew up from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of your garment kepping the sleeve seam allowance towards the inside. Press seams open or towards the back if you are using a serger.
5 : Sew the ends of your front (D) and back (E) hembands, right sides together. Press seams open or towards the back.
6 : Fold in half wrong sides together so that the raw edges meet. Press the folded edge.
7 : Align the hem band evenly around the right side of your lower garment matching the side seams and notches. Stitch stretching the binding to fit the lower edge. Press seam towards the inside.
8: Sew the straight ends (center back) of your upper neckbands (G), right sides together. Press seams open or towards on side.
9 : Sew the upper (G) and lower (H) neckbands together along the angled seam lines, right sides together. Press seams open.
10 : Fold the ends of the neckband in half, right sides together so that the raw edges meet. Sew starting at the folded edge. Turn right side out. Press.
11 : Align the raw edges of the cardigan and the neckband, right sides together. Match the notches, the ends of the neckband and the finished length of the center front.
12 : Press seam towards the inside and edgstitch the seam allowance.13 : Gather the sleeve. Set the machine on the longest stitch and sew two parallel lines. Gently pull the two front threads, gathering up the material as you pull until your gathered fabric is the exact width of the cuff band.
14: Sew the two ends of the cuff together with right sides facing. Press seams open or towards one side if you are using a serger.
15 : Fold in half wrong sides together so that the raw edges meet. Press the folded edge.
16 : Align the cuff evenly around the right sides of the sleeve. Stitch or serge along the seam line.
17 : Press seam towards the sleeve.
18 : Sew 4 buttonholes with a regular spacing to your cardigan.
19 : Place a “line” of Fray-check in between the 2 rows of zig-zag stiching of each buttonhole. Let dry.
20 : Stop trying to cut open your buttonholes with dull seam rippers! Using a little chisel will leave a beautiful openings without snipping the threads you just laboured to sew.
21 : Use the actual buttonholes to mark the placement of your buttons.