Sewing a front band

Hi, makers! Welcome to the final post in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! Today we will be finishing up with the bands of the cardigan. In case you missed it, we have already covered sewing the pockets, stabilizing the shoulder seam, sewing the sleeve in flat, and attaching the cuffs. Before sewing the front band, we need to attach the bottom band. I just have the one picture for this step as it is pretty straight forward. Fold the band in half with wrong sides together, match up the notches with the side seams and you are good to go! I...

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Sewing knit cuffs

Today I have a little post on sewing knit cuffs. The Blackwood Cardigan has knit cuffs and it is my favourite finish for this style of garment. You get a nice, clean edge at the end of the sleeve, and the cuffs are double layered, adding warmth for your hands! This is the fourth sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong! I hope your Blackwoods are coming along nicely so far.  Let's get started! Fold your cuffs in half matching notches and with right sides facing. Pin in place. Sew using a small zig-zag stitch. Press this seam open. Use...

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Sewing a sleeve in flat
Posted by Helen | 31/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

There are two ways to sew in a sleeve. You can use the classic set-in sleeve method where the sleeve is sewn first and then set into the armhole.  This is most common for woven garments. For knits, sewing a sleeve in flat works really well and is a faster way to complete this process. This is the third sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong.  Let's get started! You should be at the point where your shoulder seams are attached and your seams are pressed toward the back of the garment. Spread out your project so you get a...

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Stabilizing a knit shoulder seam
Posted by Helen | 30/03/2017 | Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong

Stabilizing the shoulder seams in your knit projects can make a big difference in the longevity of your handmade garments. Shoulder seams are prone to stretching and sagging as time goes on, and stabilizing them prevents this. There are a few things you can use to stabilize a knit shoulder seam: Clear elastic Twill tape Woven fabric cut on the bias Interfacing (with some stretch works best) This is the second sewing step in the Blackwood Cardigan Sewalong.  Let's get started! I will be using clear elastic, and I have coloured it blue in photoshop so you can see it....

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Wednesday Weekly
Posted by Helen | 29/03/2017 | Wednesday Weekly

Happy Wednesday!  I have been a little under the weather for the past week, so I have not been sewing much. I always start to feel bad when I haven't touched my machine in a few days, I want so badly to make something!!!  I hope to get back to it soon, and these new patterns and your latest makes are certainly inspiring me!  What's your secret for getting the sew-jo going again? News (left to right in rows above) Pauline Alice released three new patterns!  The Denia Blouse, the Botanic Trousers, and the Tello Jacket. Tessuti released the Yuki...

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How to sew a knit patch pocket

Doing fiddly work with knit fabrics can be challenging. Often knits will shift and wobble or struggle to hold a press - not to mention those wavy seams! The pockets are certainly the most challenging part of the Blackwood Cardigan, but they are a great opportunity to level up your knit sewing game. If you are nervous, try a pocket on some scrap fabric first. This will help to build confidence. For today's tutorial, I am going to use tissue paper to stabilize the pocket. This is not necessary, but it helps to reduce those wavy seams. This is the...

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