It took a while for fall temps to hit the southeast, but I think autumn here to stay. The month of October started off unseasonably warm in the mid 90s, however temps in the last two weeks have hovered (mainly) in the 60-70 degree range. I always say summer is my favorite season to sew for because pieces like sundresses and tank tops are usually quick to sew and require couple of yards of fabric. However as the temps started dropping I realized I was excited about sewing cardigans, coats, sweaters and joggers.
In that spirit I’m going to re-share some of my favorite cardigans. They are perfect for early fall when layering is essential.
First up my favorite cardigan is M7262. McCalls describes it as a “sweater coat” but I treat it more like a cardigan so I’m listing it here. There’s nothing not to love about this pattern! The wrap front adds drama, especially in a bold print like the large scale houndstooth that I used for my version. I’ve made this two other times for friends and I still need one more for myself, maybe in an animal print. It helps that it is an easy sew with just 3 or 4 pieces. The only thing that may slow you down is sewing buttonholes on knit fabric, but there is an easy alternative. Simply use snaps and sew the buttons on the front wrap for the illusion of a button closure. I share another tip for this pattern in the original post here.
Next up is the Annie Cardigan by Mimi G, it makes the list because it is versatile. It’s a great layering piece for chilly office or a evening football game. I used a really soft light weight mustard ponte, which I’ve treated like a neutral and paired with many outfits. The mid thigh length is just right for a more relaxed look. I love that the sleeve and hem bands could be fun to color block. I wouldn’t mind having one of these for each day of the week and I’m already thinking about using a houndstooth plaid liverpool for my next one. Read about my first one here.
If you are looking for a cardigan that makes a statement, you need the Madison Cardigan by Style Sew Me. The waterfall hem of this cardigan brings the drama! It can be worn over a t-shirt and jeans or a sheath dress. I used a printed double knit which is more casual, but imagine this dressed up in a stretch velvet or a metallic sweater knit. If you use french or flat-felled seams this would be perfect for a reversible piece out of double sided fabric. Check out the full review, here.
Who doesn’t love M6844! This pattern has been extremely popular for years. It has 186 pattern reviews! Sadly it is now OOP, but I’m sure you can find a copy of it online if you don’t have it. The shawl and variety of peplum options made this style a top seller. Being a great intro to sewing with knits pattern didn’t hurt either. I’ve made two of these and while the polka dot one above is my favorite the solid black one gets more wear. See my full review here.
Do you have a favorite cardigan pattern? Are you excited about fall sewing? Let me know below.