When Rachael from Imagine Gnats asked me to participate in her pattern tour, I jumped at the chance! I’ve sewn two of her patterns before, the Bess Top and the Roly-Poly Pinafore (still not blogged, oops), and since they were both well written and easy to sew, I knew the newly released Meridian Cardi would be a winner too. And guess what? It was! This is now my go-to lounge cardigan and accompanies me on my way to yoga every week.
The Meridian Cardi is a great pattern for the beginner seamstress (only 3 pattern pieces and raglan sleeves!!) and I know that experienced sewists will love it too!
Overall, I found the pattern sizing to be pretty spot on. I cut a size 4 and the fit was great. I did have to take in the arms a bit though but, since I have such scrawny arms, the fit change wasn’t surprising.
I also made a couple modifications to this pattern based on style and my fabric choice.
I’ve been a bit obsessed with the flyaway cardigan look lately, so I squared off my front pattern piece when I was cutting out the printed PDF pattern. I was a little nervous about this as I typically don’t make modifications to patterns, but I love how it turned out!
Also, since I chose such a heavy sweatshirt fleece fabric, I decided not to line it. I debated how to finish off the neckline since the raw edge neck just wasn’t doing it for me and I ended up adding a little band of fabric to make a collar- it was a super easy change. For the sleeves, I just hemmed them as normal. This knit fabric doesn’t fray so I don’t need to worry about finishing off the raw edges around the body, but I’m thinking a neon accent blanket stitch might be fun. What do you think? Yay or nay?
You can kind of see in the photo above that the print matches at the side seams! This rarely happens for me! I’m so glad I paid extra attention to matching the print when I sewed the sleeves and sides (I nearly forgot!). I’m super pleased with how this cardi turned out – I think it looks pretty professional. In fact, when I met up with my sister to take these pics, she didn’t think I was wearing anything that was handmade! Whoop whoop!
Photo Credit: Laura Murray Photography
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