I’ve been working on some new designs for my shop. This is the first version of a hooded cardigan that I’ve been testing out.
I’ve been working with more knits since I bought a serger and I wanted to make something that would be comfortable and easy to wear, but would still look interesting.
It’s my own self-drafted pattern and this sample was made from organic cotton sweatshirt fleece that I hand dyed.
I’m pretty happy with it, but there are a few things I need to adjust before it will be ready for sale.
One change will be to have the front bodice panels overlap each other further. I made it so that they overlap by a few inches, which is fine for wearing the cardigan open, but I realized that it feels much cozier to have them fully overlap each other when you want to bundle up.
Another thing I will change is how the seams inside the hood and around the front edge and hem are finished. I don’t really like how the exposed serged seams look, so I will conceal them next time.
I’m thinking probably a flat felled seam down the center of the hood and a twice turned up hem with mitered corners around the edge of the garment. I’m not sure how to finish the neckline, I’ll have to think about that one!
Overall, I’m really happy with how this design turned out and I’m hoping to have the new and improved version up for sale in my shop soon. In the mean time I will continue “test wearing” this one in the name of fashion science!