Hot Cocoa Sweater Free Pattern!!

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Hey all, guess what! You get a free pattern! I feel like I should act like Oprah on her car giveaway show only rather than shouting, “You get a car!” I should be saying, “You get a pattern! And you get a pattern!” with lots of pointing.

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Ok, but don’t get too excited. This pattern is only in one size (cue audible collective disappointment), but hey, multi-sizing takes time! Plus, at-home pattern grading isn’t too hard so you’ll be fine. ūüėČ

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This is my Hot Cocoa Sweater (or jumper for those across the pond). I made it with a heather-brown, cotton/hemp blend, sweater knit from Fabricker that reminds me of melting marshmallows in hot chocolate (how fitting for a cool fall day!). It’s a pretty stable fabric which is nice for this design and it’s really cozy.

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It’s got long, raglan sleeves with cuffs (’cause I like cuffs on long sleeve tops); a round neckline (my fave, but you already know that) with a topstitched collar; a loose fit (at least on me, anyway); and a slightly hi-low curved hem.

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The front length is shorter than the back. The front hits me right at the top of my low-rise pants which makes it nice if you like to show off belts, but it’s longer in back for coverage. If you are long-waisted or you want a longer shirt you can easily slash and spread the pattern.

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So, what’s the one size? My size – bust measurement 33-34″. The finished garment bust measurement is 37″ and the hip is open.

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This PDF pattern includes 1/4″ seam allowances, has 5 pattern pieces, and is 20 printed pages.

Unlike my paid patterns this one does not include illustrated instructions, just text instructions, but it does include supplies, yardage, printing and cutting layout.

The pattern is for knits but it is a fairly loose cut so you could get away with making it in a woven but I haven’t done so.

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(Justin felt the need to show how ridiculously overgrown our wheat field backyard is. So here it is. I am appeasing him.)
So click here to download the pattern and check it out for yourself!
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Also, as always, I love feedback so let me know your thoughts!

Summer Concert Tee to Cardigan (Guest Post by Lizz of A Good Wardrobe)

***We’re continuing onward with the guest posts while I’m on vacay! Today I’m excited to have the lovely Lizz from A Good Wardrobe here sharing an awesome modification for my own pattern! I’m so flattered!¬†

¬†Lizz is currently living my own personal dream – going to school for pattern design in one of the coolest cities in the world and calling her wardrobe “good” is a total understatement. When I first came across her blog I fell in love! Er, let me explain. I fell in love with her clothes! She makes sophisticated and classy designs with a touch of femininity and, if I do say so myself, 100% badassitude! I seriously want to sneak in her house at night and steal all of the clothes she’s made! Wow, that sounds creepy… But really, it’s as if someone else made all of the clothes I’d imagine I’d want to make. Well, while I’m experiencing some serious sewing swoon over here let’s get on with the post, shall we? ***

Hello, Dixie DIY fans! I’m Lizz from A Good Wardrobe! I can’t tell you how excited I was when Dixie approached me about a guest post. I knew that I wanted to share with you one of my favorite things about sewing: pattern modification. It’s amazing how tiny changes to an existing pattern can create an entirely different project. With just a few key patterns, you can create an endless amount of garments.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area which means that on any given day I could go through two or three major weather changes. Layering is a must – especially in the summer. I’ve been in desperate need of a lightweight cover up recently and my spring/fall cardigans are just too heavy for the job. I thought it would be fun to play around with Dixie’s Summer Concert Tee to create a cardigan and show you all how to do the same.
Fabric:¬† 2 yards of jersey fabric or other single knit that does not fray. It’s important that the jersey’s right side curls onto itself as this design utilizes the natural curling tendency for the collar.
Please refer to the pattern for additional supplies and instructions on working with knit fabrics.
1. Print and assemble the pattern but don’t cut it out just yet.
2.Select your size according to the pattern’s size chart. I’m in between sizes and chose to size up since this a loose fitting garment.
3. Draw a grain line parallel to the center front. We’ll be modifying this piece and will need a grain line when cutting out later.
4. Using a curved ruler or freehand, draw a line extending from the high neckline point (where the neck and shoulder meet) to the center front. You can see mine in the photo – it’s the blue line.
This is your new center front. When it’s time, cut 2.
5. Draft a new collar piece.
–¬†Measure the new center front from hemline to high neckline = a
– Measure back neckline from center back to high neckline = b
– (a + b – hem allowance of 1″) x 2 = c
– Draft a new collar pattern 2″ x measurement c
– Mark grain line running the length of the cross grain (selvedge to selvedge)
6. Cut pattern pieces out: front (cut 2), back (cut 1 on fold), sleeves (cut 2 on fold), and new collar piece (cut 1).
7. Follow the pattern directions steps 1 -4. At this point you will have the garment constructed and hemmed leaving only the collar to finish.
8. With right sides together attach the collar to the garment being careful not to stretch.
 The collar hem and side will be left unfinished.
That’s it! You can have this cardigan finished and ready to wear in an afternoon. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. Happy sewing!

Karen Cardigan

Another unfinished project checked off my list. This cardigan is a Burdastyle pattern and I really like working with knits (using a serger is super fast on seams!) and I’m low on sweaters this year so I decided to give it a try.

The fabric is this lovely cream organic cotton jersey knit. It is slightly heavier than t-shirt fabric so the sweater is perfect for chilly restaurants or movie theatres (I’m always cold in places like that) or even spring evenings.

The cool part about the belt is that it doesn’t wrap entirely around. In fact there are little button hole slits on the front pieces where the belt slips through. Never seen that before in a pattern.

Having not used a BurdaStyle pattern before I didn’t know if it was safe to trust the sizing. I used the size that best matched my measurements but the finished product was too big for my liking. I sewed up the sides and the sleeves slightly and it fits much better.

The best part, I normally buy too much fabric (even if I buy less than what the pattern calls for) but this time I did some extra math and luckily I bought just the right amount for this project. I’m not left with an extra yard or more of fabric and thinking “what am I going to do with all of this?” I only have a few scraps left. Any ideas for knit fabric scraps?

Oh, and don’t be misled by the picture above. Peanut may be looking sweet and innocent but really, she’s in the midst of biting my hand. She’s evil like that. Bad Peanut!