Hi! Vanessa here. First, I want to say thank you so, so much to everyone who voted for my outfit! Very exciting to win! Today I'll share a bit about the little yellow cardigan I made and show you how to draft a collar pattern. As I mentioned, I used Made By Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern as a starting point for this cardigan. Such a great pattern to have in your stash! You could also use a t-shirt that fits your child well to create a pattern. I used the back pattern piece as is and cut my fabric on the fold as directed. I used the front pattern piece to cut 2 separate pieces of fabric - the 2 front halves of the cardigan. The only change I made to it was to extend the middle edges out about an inch so that I could fold the fabric under later to create a button placket. I made changes to the length of the cardigan and the sleeves later in the process of construction. If you'd like a looser fitting cardi, add some width the back/sides of the pattern pieces.
To begin drafting the collar pattern, you'll want to have both the front and back pattern pieces on hand along with some tracing paper and a pencil. I used a 3/8" seam allowance for this project and marked the seam allowance at the shoulder of both pattern pieces as pictured below.
You'll then want to overlap the pattern pieces at the shoulder - the seam allowance markings and the edges of the pattern pieces should line up. Tape the pieces together. This will create 1/2 of the neck opening and will give you a guide for drafting a collar.
Place the tracing paper over the pattern pieces and start by tracing just the neck opening.
If you'd like to create faux piping on your collar, use the collar pattern piece to trace out a slightly larger version...I made mine 1/8" larger. I simply traced 1/8" from the edge of the seam allowance I previously drew. You'll then cut out one standard collar piece and one slightly larger piece from a contrasting color (the larger piece will become the underside of the collar). Place the pieces right sides touching, with the sides and bottom aligned. Sew together along the bottom edge of the collar - leave the inner curve open. Turn the collar right side out and roll the bottom edge of the underside towards the front to create the look of piping. Press in place.
If you haven't already, sew together the front, back, and sleeves of the cardigan together. Next, you'll baste the collar to the cardigan (wrong side of collar touching right side of cardigan). Center the collar on the back of the cardigan and pin in place - raw edges of the collar lined up with the raw edge of the cardigan. Baste close to the edge. You'll then want to create a strip of 1/2" wide single fold bias tape (doesn't have to be cut on the bias when using knits) the same length of the top of the cardigan. This tape will bind the seam of the collar. Open the binding and pin the right side to the collar. The top edge of the binding lines up with the raw edges of the collar/cardigan. Sew it in place using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Now you'll flip the binding in towards the inside of the cardigan. Smooth everything out and press well. Pin the binding in place and then stitch close the the edge. If you're using different color fabrics, it helps to match the bobbin thread to the fabric underneath.
The collar is finished! From this point, you can either hem or add a band to the bottom of the cardigan and finish off the sleeves. Then, fold under the front edges of the cardigan and stitch in place to create the button placket. Sew buttonholes and attach buttons....and you're done!
Thanks Vanessa! That cardigan is ADORABLE!
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