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.
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.
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.
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!