I’ve been testing crochet and knitting patterns for quite some time, but recently, the needles and hooks have been put away and I’ve been sewing tons, Not going to lie, I’m a selfish sewist. I sew for myself for a couple of reasons. First, I’m tired of wearing clothes that everyone else has. Two, I’m a little hard to fit, so making my own clothes gives me the freedom to alter as necessary. Third, I don’t have anyone else to sew for. When the opportunity arose to give sewing pattern testing a try, I decided to go for it!
The Candy Cardigan from Sinclair Patterns is just what my wardrobe needed. I’m almost always cold, I usually wear a jacket or sweater at work, even in the summer.For my test cardigan I used a heavy knit that had been sitting in my stash for quite some time. Part of the decision to use this knit was influenced by my serger, which decided to take some time off and I wasn’t in the mood to fiddle with it after the third re-thread. Since the edges didn’t need to be finished I was able to do the entire project on my regular sewing machine using the lightning stitch for the seams and the double needle for the hem. If you haven’t tried a double needle, I highly suggest that you do, it makes hems look fantastic.
This is not a layered pattern, there are separate sizes for regular and petite length. The pattern pieces are very clear, with easily made markings. The picture tutorial that comes with the pattern is very easy to follow. There are useful tips for working with knits (especially helpful if you don’t use knits frequently) and a step by step pictorial directions are very helpful. For me, the only thing I’m not crazy about was the 1/4 seam allowance, but that’s a preference thing, not a pattern thing.
The pattern is very well drafted. Pieces fit without being fidgety and seams and marking matched without having to be manipulated. The only issue that I had during the sewing process was that the pockets were a little persnickety, but that was due to my fabric choice, that was not the patterns fault. This fabric was hard to add markings too and my tailors chalk was nowhere to be found. The pattern runs a little large, and while I’m a fan of boxy clothes, I suggest that you measure carefully and if in doubt, go down a size.
This cardigan will be a staple in my wardrobe this fall. I’ve already got two more cut out and fabric for a forth on the way.
To sweeten the deal, Sinclair Patterns is having a Labor Day sale. August 28 – September 4, 2017 use code LABORDAY17 for 40% off the entire store. Give her patterns a try, they’re worth it.