Doubleface Cardigan- by Tiah Ranger

Hello! I'm excited to be participating in L'oiseau Creative! I have been sewing for ages with woven fabrics but stopped making clothes for myself many years ago. I am self taught and have never learned how to properly adjust patterns. I finally decided to put my sewing machine to the test andventure into the world of knits (which are so much more forgiving)!


I have picked up quite a few tricks while reading different blogs and PDF patterns (that are truly a wealth of information!).  Wonder clips, small rotary cutters and stretch stitches have been life savers.  The most important above all though is finding great knits. I'm sure I'm not alone in the struggle to find local stores that carry a variety of quality knit fabrics and fun prints. I was ecstatic to find L'oiseau Fabrics, not only is it a Canadian company, it's also a family based business.   They take the time to clearly describe the fibre content, stretch and recovery of their fabrics which is essential when you can't feel before you buy.  I love seeing updates from L'oiseau pop up on my Facebook news feed and when I saw they were carrying a new line of double knits I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it!  I sent them an email right away to take them up on the offer of a metre of fabric in exchange for sharing what it can become.  


When it arrived, I was impressed at how soft the fabric was.  The glitter shines beautifully in the sun (my poor camera doesn't do it justice). This fabric doesn't roll at the edges at all which made it so easy to sew.


I'd purchased the Suzanne Cardigan PDF pattern from Companie M during a sale several weeks ago and have been debating about how I'd want to coordinate fabrics for it. Well! Double knit is the answer! I think this pattern is the perfect option to highlight the coordinating prints. I love the unique pocket detailing.


I opted to add knit binding along the edges since I noticed a bit of fraying after pre-washing the fabric.  I have to say, the idea of adding knit binding caused me some anxiety and I spent several days staring at the fabric sitting in my living room before building up the courage to cut into it.  I was terrified of messing up and wasting this awesome fabric.  I decided to go with the shorter version the cardigan for the double knit, giving it a more casual look. It's really a quick sew because this fabric saves you from having to face the pockets to get the contrast look.


The binding went much easier than I expected (phew), it's not perfect but the worst spots are hidden by the pockets... I can live with that!   A good bit of steam helped this black jersey knit from my stash to sit flat. I also chose to add cuffs to the sleeves to match the binding.  It all came together beautifully. And tadah! It's ready for the fast approaching autumn weather.


I'm now on the look out for more great patterns to use up my remnants from this project. I'm thinking a slouchie beanie perhaps or an infinity scarf? Oh the possibilities! Thank you Michelle and Colin for the opportunity to share in this creative project - sewing is so often a personal activity and it's been exciting to share it with you.