Sewing the Saunio Cardigan pattern by Named Clothing was the perfect way to start the year. In this post, I describe the making process and how I plan to wear my new Project #SewMyStyle wardrobe staple.

Project #SewMyStyle

I just completed my February Project #SewMyStyle make, the Saunio Cardigan, and I feel like I wrapped myself in a warm blanket! This sweater is super easy to make, while still incorporating some stylish details.

Fabric & Construction

From start to finish, I was able to construct this Saunio Cardigan in one night. I selected a knit terry that I picked up on my recent trip to The Fabric Store-Los Angeles. I wanted something that would be warm & cozy, but also sweater-like in appearance. As this was my first time using knit terry, I’m happy to report that I am officially a fan. I chose the PDF version of this pattern, which was simple to put together, and I appreciated the paper conservation in the nested printing of sizes. The later was a little tricky to follow when I went to trace off my chosen size, however. I recommend using a highlighter or marker to indicate the proper pattern line to use since this pattern sheet includes pattern, and stitch line for each size.

I ended up using standard seam tape to stabilize the shoulder seams. I tried the elastic method as indicated in the pattern, but did not like the way the stretch terry wanted to gather under the elastic. When I used the seam tape, I did not get this gathering effect, and the resulting seams are strong and stable. Similarly, I did not use interfacing for my two facing pieces. The material I chose was fairly thick, so I was confident it would hold its shape without it. The facing pieces were well designed and super easy to attach and get a professional looking result. I followed the instructions exactly in this section and was happy with the outcome.

I love the three-quarter sleeve design of this pattern. You could easily add to the sleeve length if this isn’t a design element you prefer. For me, I love the look of a classic sweater with “messy” turned up sleeves. I may play up this detail at the cuff when I go to make the Saunio Cardigan again.

Wardrobe Staple

Overall, I love the way this pattern went together and the end result. The included instructions were clear and easy to follow making this a great pattern for an entry level sewist. The design and style elements also make this pattern an attractive one for an advanced sewist wanting to build their me-made wardrobe. The first time I wore this was at work where I paired it with dress pants- my normal work style. What I love about this cardigan is the ability to look good with jeans too. I threw some on and rolled up the sleeve cuffs to create a slouchy, more comfortable look- and I think I prefer it this way. This won’t be my last Saunio Cardigan, or my last garment made from stretch terry fabric!
Saunio Cardigan sewn by Sewing is Required

Sewing the Saunio Cardigan for Project #SewMyStyle by Sewing is Required

Saunio Cardigan for Project #SewMyStyle

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