So I started with a long-sleeved tee (that I remember taking with me on my high school trip to France) and decided to do something new with it. Enter the open cardigan. Because it is summer in NC, I haven't been getting as much use out of my regular cardigans because it is really just too hot! The ones that are light enough to wear generally are left unbuttoned, so I figured, why not just make a cardigan that is supposed to be open?!
If you want to make one for yourself, follow my first tutorial!
What you'll need:
- Long-sleeved tee shirt
- Measuring tape/ruler
- Sewing machine
- Iron (optional)
1. Start with a long-sleeved tee that still fits, but that you are willing to use for a new purpose.
2. Lay it out flat and measure from one side seam to the other. Figure out the middle point and put a mark there. Continue up the rest of your shirt marking the middle point so that eventually you can cut a straight line. (Or, if your shirt is slightly ribbed, like mine was, just keep your eye on the correct rib and cut carefully up the middle.) You should end up with something that looks like this:
3. Put on the shirt and figure out where you would want the sleeves to end. I measured to the middle of my elbow, so once I hemmed the sleeves, they stop just above my elbow. If you want your sleeves to be longer, measure them longer. (I found it easiest to just measure from the armpit and then cut straight across.) Do this for both sleeves.
4. I decided that I wanted my cardigan to have pockets, so I used the bottom part of the sleeves that I cut off for that fabric. Flip the bottom sleeve fabric inside out and cut out the seam, so that you end up with one solid piece of fabric.
6. (I didn't take pictures of this next part. Sorry!) Now you have all of the pieces that you are going to need. If you like the look of the raw edges, don't do anything else with the cuts that you made down the middle of your shirt or on the sleeves. I chose to hem the middle cut and the sleeves with just a straight stitch. Be sure to anchor your stitches by going back and forth a couple times with your sewing machine, especially on the parts that are already hemmed from your original shirt. I also ran a stitch around the outside of the pockets to make them easier to turn under in the next step (the zigzag stitch was just for decoration since I was sewing with a contrasting thread color).
7. I ironed the outside seams of the pockets to make them easier to pin and sew on later.
8. Pin your pocket on your cardigan wherever you want it, sew it on, and voila! You're done!
(I originally cut out two pockets, but I decided that I just wanted to attach one at this point. I like the asymmetric-ness of it.)
I was going to model it for you all, but I am still in my pajamas this morning, and frankly, that is okay by me!
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