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As the weather turns colder and we say so long to the summer, it is time to be sewing clothes to take us into Autumn. But what are the best clothing items to be sewing right now? Well I think it is about time to be sewing Autumn layers. Like the Cozy Cardigan from Seen & Sewn.
The Cozy Cardigan From Seen & Sewn – Sewing Autumn Layers
#AD Disclaimer: I was kindly gifted the sewing pattern for free to review the product. But all my opinions are my own and honest.
A few weeks ago I realised that I really need to be sewing something different for the weather changes ahead. My summer dresses are great, but as the colder weather already started here as soon as we hit September 1st then I realised that something more is needed.
It isn’t quite cold enough to start sewing long sleeved winter dresses (such as the Sew Over It Heather Dress I sewed last February.) But I do want to get a little more wear out of some of my summer clothes.
For getting more wear out of summer dresses, the best option is by adding layers. To throw over a top or cardigan.
The Cozy Cardigan
Is exactly what you’d expect from the title.
Marketed as an easy beginner pattern for knitted stretch fabrics, the Cozy Cardigan from Seen & Sewn features
- a dolman batwing 3/4 length sleeve
- a collar
- and a rounded back hem
Thus giving it a simple high low lagenlook.
Arielle kindly gifted me the pattern in return for this blog post and becoming an affiliate. The pattern is a PDF download. So it comes immediately to your computer. You can even choose to just print the size that you need! But you do need to print it out and stick the pattern together.
I cut the largest version of the pattern, based on my measurements. I wanted a really loose longline fit. I didn’t shorten or lengthen it, though there are clear places shown where this can be achieved.
The material I used was cotton jersey. A 2 metre piece left over from sewing my Heather dress. I just managed to get it out of this piece, so I was really pleased.
Minerva has some great cotton jersey fabrics for sale.Find some here.
Sewing The Pattern Together
Was a dream.
Because there are only 7 pieces to sew together. You could choose to sew the pattern together straight away on an overlocker/serger. But I chose to sew/baste with a zigzag stitch on my standard machine before reinforcing this with an overlocker.
Consequently, it could have been even quicker to sew. As it was sewing time for me was about 90 minutes. Which is definitely a winner in my book.
Without any tricky inserting of necklines, it really is suitable as a beginner project. The only hard part for me was sewing on the cuffs as they are quite small, but that is probably down to my fabric not having enough stretch.
Before long I had my new cozy cardi!
And My Verdict on the Cozy Cardigan from Seen & Sewn?
I love this look. The whole hi-low lagenlook style is very me. The cardigan is flattering and stylish.
Plus it sewed up so quickly. It probably took me longer to print and stick together the PDF than it took to cut out and sew up. Any pattern that can be made in less than a couple of hours is a definite winner for a busy mum like me.
Finally, it is as cosy as it looks, and will fulfil the brief of being thrown over my summer dresses, making being able to wear them last just that little bit longer.
Plus I can throw it over some of my other summer summer sews, such as this Sew Over It Cami that I made in black.
My finished cardigan is just great and I know it will get lots of wear of the next few weeks. Plus I have plans to make these in lots of other colours, and maybe add in seam or patch pockets. You know me, I LOVE a pocket!
Fancy making the Cozy Cardigan from Seen & Sewn for yourself? Head on over to the Seen And Sewn Website here and find the pattern.
We’re kicking off the Sew Long Summer blog tour this week. We have some really fun and inspiring creations for you again this year.
Sew Long Summer is all about getting those transitional wardrobe pieces ready; finishing up all those things we meant to make this summer; and well, basically whatever Sew Long Summer means to you.
The full tour includes these talented sewists, so I hope you’ll follow along and comment on their posts this week.
And please, do pin this post for later.