This past August I had the opportunity to participate in SleeveFest hosted by Helen of Valentine & Stitch and Diane of Dream Cut Sew. I entered a kimono pattern with a flutter sleeve hack. To my surprise I was chosen as one of the finalists for the grand prize! What an honor it was and although I didn’t win the grand prize all the finalist were prize winners of the Valentine & Stitch Edie Cardigan. This was my first time winning something via an Instagram competition so I was pretty excited and with fall just around the corner it was the perfect prize!
The Low Down
Edie is an open-front cardigan with two length options from the pattern designing husband and wife duo Valentine and Stitch. The pattern is meant to be sewn with a variety of fabrics depending on the season or occasion. The two lengths lend itself to a variety of outfit options. This includes the “standard” length which hits around mid-thigh and is perfect for any occasion including the office or the maxi length which adds a bit of dramatic flair and can be belted and worn as a dress. Click on the Valentine & Stitch logo below to order your Edie pattern:
Sweater knits, stretch jersey such as cotton jersey, viscose or rayon jersey or bamboo jersey. For the “coatigan” version use a more stable fabric such as sweatshirting, scuba or ponte.
- Stay Tape, clear elastic, twill tape, or grosgrain ribbon
- Ballpoint needle
- Twin needle (optional)
- Coverstitch machine (optional)
- All-purpose polyester sewing thread
Fabric for both projects was purchased in Downtown Los Angeles. I typically purchase my knits from Angel Textiles. I purchased my thread from joann.com – Gutterman 506.
I decided that I would sew up both the standard length and the maxi length but I would start with the maxi length. I love a bit of drama whenever I can get it in my clothing and the maxi option has that “wow factor” which I absolutely love!
Edie comes as a printable PDF as will all Valentine and Stitch patterns. Read the instruction manual carefully so that you only print the pages you need. Helen and Rich are committed to reducing paper waste and have constructed their patterns in a way that minimizes the amount of pages needed to be printed.
If you are cutting out the maxi length pattern keep in mind that this is a large pattern and you will need an adequate amount of space to lay everything out. It will also take a bit longer since it is several more pages. From there you will need to look at the cutting layout to make sure you make the best use of your fabric. Since I was making the maxi length I cut my pieces out on a single layer rather than on the fold. One thing that made this easier was to trace the mirror image of my sleeve onto tracing paper and taping the mirrored side to the original pattern resulting in the whole sleeve as one pattern.
I made my Edie in a size small and cut it out with a center back seam. I ended up having some thread tension issues with my machine that delayed me so I ended up just using a different machine entirely. I think some of the issues could actually be attributed to the original needle I was using and the weight of the jersey knit. Once I got this figured out sewing up Edie was a breeze. I used stay tape at the neckline as directed then sewed the shoulder seams, hemmed the sleeves and attached them to the bodice. Next step was sewing the side seams and then the most complicated part of sewing the hem around the perimeter of the cardigan. I was hoping to do a rolled hem but the presser foot I have was not cooperating with me so I used a regular presser foot and a zigzag stitch.
My only hiccups were due to my machine – tension issues and presser foot issues. If you can get that figured out then Edie will be a very quick and fun sew!
- Clear a large space to cut out your PDF pattern
- Only print what you need
- Edie comes with the sleeve pattern to be cut on the fold. I suggest tracing the mirror image to create one whole sleeve. It will be easier to cut out your fabric this way.
- Remember you are sewing with knits so don’t stretch your fabric as you are sewing or it will distort the final garment
- Cut off the extra seam allowance after you sew your seams if you find it necessary
- Go slow sewing around the curves of the hem so that you have a really nice final drape
- Finally, have FUN – Edie is a great pattern that you will want to make again and again!
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