Big “hello” to all you Sewciety Blog readers! It’s never a bad time to make cool weather attire, so I wanted to share my latest project with you.
This pattern is called the Warm & Cozy Wrap by Indygo Junction, and I seriously think this (and more just like it) is going to become my go-to, not only for the quick and easy sew but for how comfortable and non-confining it feels on.
It only requires 1 ¾ yards of fabric and comes in just two sizes (S/M/L and also XL/2X/3X).
There’s not a lot of difference between these two sizes, so it’s pretty much an “One Size Fits All” kind-of thing.
What was my fabric choice? Well the Buffalo Check Cuddle® Scarlet/Black by Shannon Fabrics of course. Now, before I go any further here, you will see from the picture on the front of the pattern that the model is wearing this wrap without any trim. This can certainly be done very quickly and easily, but having been spoiled by the feel of the Luxe Cuddle®, I take every opportunity I can to put this stuff as close to my skin as often as possible.
I trimmed the edges (also quick and easy) in Caviar Hide Luxe Cuddle®. I will show you how I did it below, but basically it’s the same way we bind our Cuddle® quilts.
How to Sew a Seasonal Cape-Like Cardigan (Warm & Cozy Wrap Pattern)
First lay out your pattern pieces. The checks make it so easy to make sure you’re on the straight line of the fabric.
It’s only four pattern pieces (front, back, pockets and cuffs): two cuts (mirrored) of the front, one folded piece for the back, the two pockets and the two cuffs. I use my long Clover flower head pins so they wouldn't get lost in the nap of the fabric. You can either cut the pieces with a rotary cutter or a scissors. I used my Famore scissors, just because I love them.
I took another shortcut and serged my three main pieces together.
Then it was time to cut the trim. I measured three inches on the reverse side of the Luxe Cuddle®, and marked it with a silver felt-tipped pen. I then used my Olfa craft blade to cut through the backside of the fabric only, gently pulling the long fibers apart as I went. I cut two strips of the Luxe Cuddle® and sewed them together with the angle-method like we do in quilting.
I recommend beginning with the pockets.
Since I didn’t have any of my other serged edges showing, I just turned over the top edge of the pocket and sewed it down using a straight stitch and a 3.5mm stitch length. Then I sewed the trim on the side edges of the pockets. Here’s how I did it: Turn the Luxe Cuddle® right-side down up against backside of the Buffalo Check. Sew to the backside of the Buffalo Check with a ¾” seam allowance.
Next, turn the Luxe Cuddle® toward the front of the Buffalo Check and without turning under the raw edge, just sew through all the layers, right on the edge of the Luxe Cuddle® using your walking foot, a 90/14 stretch needle, polyester thread and be sure to set your machine to a 5 x 5 zig-zag (or as large as your machine will allow).
Then just use your ByAnnie stiletto to fluff up the fibers between your zig-zags, and your stitches will be magically hidden in the fibers of the Luxe Cuddle®. When you have the binding on both pockets, sew them onto the front of the wrap where indicated on the pattern. I used a straight stitch and a 3.5mm stitch length.
Use this same technique to trim the entire raw edge of the wrap with the Luxe Cuddle® strips.
Instead of cutting the cuffs out of the Buffalo Check, I cut them out of the Luxe Cuddle®. Just sew the short sides of each cuff together so you have two circles, fold them in half and sew (or serge) the raw edges to the raw edges of the sleeves.
And guess what? You’re FINISHED! The total time, even with trimming in Luxe Cuddle®, was approximately two hours!
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