I have been sewing with the PDF community for a few years now but it still blows my mind when I see my friends down under sewing up coats and DBP leggings while I’m sitting here sweating in my me-made tanks and dresses. When the Maple Cardigan from Peach Patterns initially released, it was spring here in the northern hemisphere and I wasn’t quite ready to make it. Now, the nights are cooling down and I’m in full on cardigan sewing mode.
I love that the Maple is a two-for-the-price-of-one because it has the gorgeous draped front I made as well as a banded front version. I have a very old RTW draped front cardi that had contrasting sleeves. It was beyond loved and the Maple was the perfect pattern to use to duplicate it.
I used fabric from Knitpop for this sweater. I recently got a sweater scrap box. If you ever see any scrap box on their site, GRAB IT! Their “scraps” are very much NOT scraps. I made the body of this cardigan from one “scrap” and easily have enough left over to make my daughter a sweater too. I used black cotton lycra (also from Knitpop) for the sleeves but am slightly regretting not using a black sweater knit because I adore the drape so much of the body.
This was my first sew from Peach Patterns and I had a blast. It was everything you need in a PDF pattern: easy to print/assemble, clear instructions (check out the terrific blog post about bagging if you’re sewing the banded version).
I’ve recently caught the bug to sew more intricate woven garments so it was a refreshing break to sew up a pattern with 3 (!) pieces. The back, the front, and the arm. I also love how clean the hem looks instead of a band on the draped version.
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The Maple Cardigan Fall Festival will run from September 1st through 8th (2018). There will be tons of fun going on in the Peach Patterns Sewing Group on Facebook so please join us for things like fabric and pattern giveaways each day!
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