I love a chunky knit sweater and, after 1.5 years, I finally finished knitting one this past December! But, my rate of knitting one sweater per every year and a half isn’t going to be beefing up my wardrobe anytime soon. So, as any non-knitting sewist would do, I sewed up what appears to be a knitted sweater in a fraction of the time. Like 1.5 years versus 30 minutes. 😉

The fabric I used is from Belgium textile design, Lotte Martens from her Party Animals Collection. Lotte Martens has such unique and gorgeous textiles – like the pleated fabric I used to this midi skirt. For this short sleeve cardigan, I used her Weave Mohair fabric in pink. What’s really cool about this fabric is that even though it looks knitted, it’s actually just loosely woven so it won’t unravel. Currently, this fabric is only available in Europe at these stockists, but they are looking to expand, so ask your local stores to carry her fabric!

Always, after binging on some Project Runway, I was feeling inspired and went into my sewing studio (aka, spare bedroom) and drafted this cardigan. But, I did write down some of the measurements incase anyone wanted to follow a rather vague tutorial below. 😉

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Wanna make one too? Let’s get started.

Materials

Instructions

One: Cut your pattern pieces out of the Lotte Martens weave mohair fabric per the cutting instructions below. Make sure to leave enough full fabric for the neckband. We’ll measure to cut that in a later step.

DIY Short Sleeve Cardigan Sewing Tutorial at Sewbon.com

Two: With right sides together, sew the front pattern pieces to the back pattern piece along the shoulder and side seams with a 5/8 seam allowance.

Three: Now lay the project out in half along the middle back so that the front pieces are to the right and the back is on the left. Using a french curve and a rotary cutter, even out the bottom curve from the back to the front pattern pieces so that it’s a gentle curve.

Four: Measure the length of the neckline and cut a piece of fabric 6 inches wide x the length of the entire neckline for the neckband.

Five: Fold the neckband in half wrong side together and attach to the cardigan with a 5/8 seam allowance.

Six: Although I left my hems raw, I think it might be good to hem the sleeves and bottom hem so that it holds up nicely over time. I’ll likely go back and do that.

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with the Lotte Martens blog tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.