I am hear today to talk about a cardigan I made at the beginning of the year just before the release of Wendy Wards new book 'A beginners guide to sewing with knitted fabrics'. I was contacted by the publishing company and supplied with the book and fabric in return for a review, but it all got delayed due to Wendy's book selling so fast that they needed to restock. I was super happy to be able to have a sneak peek and was instantly drawn to the kinder cardigan with its kimono-esque vibe.
I was able to choose some fabric from the Minerva crafts website and could not resist the atelier brunette sweater fabric they had available. Unfortunately I can no longer find it on their website, but they do have this one. I have seen this branded sweater fabric sewn up quite a lot and was intrigued. I can report that it is amazingly soft!
The pattern I chose was a very easy sew and the book walks you through all the steps perfectly. I sewed it all up on my sewing machine as instructed.
The book itself is very much aimed at sewing on a standard sewing machine and explains that there is no need for an overlocker if you do not wish to make the investment. I personally would have found this extremely helpful when I was starting out in sewing with knit fabrics as it is easy to be put off. I remember years and years and years ago trying to sew stretch fabric and it getting all warped through the sewing machine. I have had an overlocker for almost 20 years, so am very lucky and didn't really need to consider how my sewing machine would cope with sewing seams, but I really love the quality of a standard machine sewn seam.
There are some pretty great patterns included for a boxy t-shirt, vest top and wide legged trousers as well as suggestions for how to customise the patterns.
I think that this is such great value for money if you would like a bit of hand holding when it comes to sewing with knits.
I must admit I have struggled to photograph my finished garment as this is definitely more lounge wear for me, but then I didn't want to pair it with my raggedy old pyjamas, so here is what it looks like on with my jeans. Pretty smart! It is so snuggly, I only wish I had made it ginormous so I could wear it as a dressing gown.
I hope this is a helpful review to you and please check out all the other wonderful makers taking part in this tour! xxx