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I can’t believe it is almost the middle of March already, and this brings me to part 2 of my 03/2018 issue Mash Up which is coming along great. Last week I started sewing up our Open Cardigan using faux suede and fur, and also decided to make a matching skirt! Read on to see my next steps in sewing this cardigan…

Cardigan Pattern

We actually just released this Open Cardigan pattern in our Monday release, so if you want to sew along with me make sure to download yours. This pattern is meant to be sewn in jersey, but I opted to make it a bit more fancy and sew it up in luxurious fabrics – but after sewing this one, I need to make a comfy one for lounging around at home.

Step 1

Last week I ended off with stitching the front fur panels to the backs along the shoulder seams, and next was to stitch the “dart”. I placed the edges, right sides together and sewed from the edge to the tip.

Step 2

To prevent fraying I serged the edge, making sure to wrap the serging tail into the seam at the tip.

Step 3

I then topstitched the allowance of the “dart” to the back and tapered the topstitching to the tip.

Step 4

Next was to actually finish the hem of the back piece since my front fur piece’s hem was already finished – due to me using the selvedge edge as the hem while cutting.

Step 5

To again further fraying and shedding from both the fur and the suede I serge-finished the front edges as well as the back neck. Starting and finishing both at each front hem edge.

Step 6

Then I also finished the side seam edges and armhole edges all in one seam starting at the back hem and ending at the front hem at side seam. I again also wrapped the serging tail into the serge.

Step 7

To sew the side seam, I matched up the finished hem edges of the front and back and pinned together to the notch along the side seam where the armhole starts.

Step 8

I always mark a horizontal pin at notches so I know when to stop sewing and backstitch.

Step 9

My side seam with already finished hems! Love the black border on the front.

Step 10

Coming along so nicely!

Step 11

Along the front fur panels I pinned back the allowance in preparation to hand sew in place – fur does not like to be topstitched and is actually very easy to hand sew because of the high pile.

Step 12

Bur starting at the back neck, with the allowances turned to the back side, I started topstitching in place from the right side starting and ending at the fur attachment seams.

Step 13

Here my back neckline not pressed yet. I used a pressing cloth and lightly pressed my neckline until smooth, as you don’t want to be placing the iron directly on the faux suede.

Step 14

Next was to finish the armhole edges, and similar to the front, I first pinned back the fur edges to hand stitch later and then I topstitched the suede in place from the right side. I started at the shoulder fur seam and then ended and backstitched at the side seam.

Step 15

Ready to go! Now all I have left is to do all my hand stitching, which I always do nice and comfy on the couch in front of the TV.

Next week I complete this cardigan and then move along to my matching suede skirt.

Happy Sewing!



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