Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Girl Charlee UK & Europe Tutorial Tuesday - Kimono Cardigan

Kimono Cardigan

As soon as I unwrapped our new Mykonos Bird Silhouette on Rainbow Heather Hacci (also available in a stunning Sangria Red Version) I knew I had to make something with it and this was just the kick start I needed for the New Year! I decided to make a kimono style cardigan and whilst searching for a pattern came across a really simple but beautiful tutorial by Angela, an amazing (13 year old!) girl in the US who already has her own website/blog and is about to write her first book!   

The site is excellent and her Kimono Cardigan Tutorial is really straight forward. 

I made a paper pattern with a view to making another kimono later from a different material and could see myself making a few of these, they are so comfortable and can easily be layered. 

DIY Kimono Cardigan- A super easy project for summer! Instructions on creating the perfect pattern to fit you and step-by-step photos on sewing your kimono together.
I decided to baste all my pieces together before overlocking as I didn’t want to worry about pins being anywhere near my overlocker! 
I also basted my hems before using a twin needle to finish off the edging. 
I'm quite pleased with how it came out and have worn it pretty much every day it's so comfortable! 
I chose a Hacci Sweater Knit for my Kimono as it is soft and warm with a great drape but you can use a Cotton Jersey, Ponte De Roma or French Terry depending on the look/weight/floatiness you are after.  We have a great selection of Hacci Sweater knits on the website, a few of my favourites - 
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Happy sewing!
~ Jen & The Girl Charlee Team

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