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    Tutorial: Attaching the Front Band on the Peach Patterns "Maple Cardigan for Women" PDF Sewing Pattern

    Tutorial: Attaching the Front Band on the Peach Patterns

    || The Maple Cardigan for Women PDF Sewing Pattern comes with two options, the Drape Front Cardigan (Option A) and the Banded Front Cardigan (Option B). This tutorial deals with Option B. It shows you how to easily achieve a crisp, professional finish for the band using a method known as "bagging" or "bagging out", which fully encloses the bottom corners (rather than just turning them up and hemming). ||

    Assemble the band and pin (but do not sew it) to the cardigan as set out on Page 6 of the Maple Cardigan Sewing Instructions, matching the band seam with the centre back notch on the cardigan.

    If there is any excess fabric at the bottom edges of your band, trim it so that the band is level with the hem of the cardigan on each side. (Photo 1 below.)

    Unpin the bottom edges of the band from the cardigan a short way up on each side.

    Turn the bottom edges of the band right sides together on each side and sew across the width (horizontally) using a 1/2” (13mm) seam. (Photo 2 below.)

    Trim the seams in half, turn the bottom of the band right sides out on each side and poke the corners neatly into shape with a chopstick or other blunt implement. Press.

    Your band is now neatly enclosed at the bottom and is slightly shorter than your cardigan on each side by the equivalent of the hem allowance. Re-pin the bottoms of the band to the cardigan front. (Photo 3 below.)

    Sew or serge/overlock the band to the cardigan all the way around the front and neckline. (Photo 4 below.)

    Press the seam towards the cardigan.

    Attach sleeves and sew side seams (if you haven’t already).

    Turn up the hem of the cardigan level with the bottom of the band and sew around to finish the hem. Start from the seam where the cardigan front meets the band on one side and sew around to the same point on the other side. (Photo 5 below.)

    Hem at wrists and your beautiful banded cardigan is complete!

    Pattern: Maple Cardigan for Women PDF Sewing Pattern

    Fabric: "Dainty" Double Brushed Polyester Knit Fabric from Lush Fabrics Australia (Hint: If you haven't sewn up one of these cardis with Double Brushed Poly fabric you really should. It's soooooo (!) soft.

    If you have a go at this tutorial I'd love you to share your pictures in our Peach Patterns Sewing Group on Facebook or on Instagram with the hashtags #peachpatterns #maplecardigan

    Peach Patterns "Maple Cardigan for Women" PDF Sewing Pattern: Fabric Resources & Inspiration

    Peach Patterns

    The Maple Cardigan is a classic wardrobe staple that you'll love to make over and over. You can whip up a Maple Cardigan with a relatively small amount of fabric (one and a half metres/yards) and this makes it easy to experiment with different types of fabrics without blowing the budget.

    The pattern calls for a fabric that has a stretch ratio of 20% or more. Two-way stretch is fine, as is four-way stretch (which will give you a somewhat more drapey result). There's a "stretch gauge" in the pattern that will allow you to test a small swatch of fabric before you start.  Or if you are shopping online, check the product listing or contact the seller to ask about the stretch percentage before purchasing.

    The Maple Cardigan pattern test team had lots of fun choosing fabric for their cardigans and you can see some of their creations in my previous blog post. They used a wide range of different knits including spandex jersey, french terry, stretch lace, linen mix jersey, bamboo jersey, double knit/ponte and double brushed poly.

    I had fun rounding up the fabric resources links for this post. I've used some of these sellers and their fabrics to make my own Maple Cardigans (love the drapey Merino wool from The Fabric Store!). I've divided the fabrics into ones that you might choose for the Drape Front cardigan on the one hand and for the Band Front Cardigan on the other. But really, you can mix it up with any of these no matter which of the pattern options you choose to make.

    First up is the very pretty Drape Front cardigan:

    1. Double Brushed Poly from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

    2. Premium Merino Wool from The Fabric Store

    3. Double Brushed Jersey Knit Bohemian from

    And for the classic Banded Front cardigan:

    1. Peachy Pink Melange French Terry/Sweats Knit  from Wicked Fabrics

    2. Crushed Mink Velvet from Tessuti Fabrics

    3. Twinkle Night Sweater Knit from MaaiDesign

    And because it's possible to get such a diverse range of looks out of the Maple Cardigan pattern, why not try one for special occasions with something a little more luxurious like the fabrics below. (Note: the picture of the Gold Sequinned Cardigan below is from Pinterest and was not made from this pattern but you could easily get this look using the Drape Front cardigan option.)

    1. Telio Lux Metallic Knit Stripe from

    2. Telio Stretch Velvet Burnout Circles from

    3. Telio Ornamental Stretch Lace Navy from

    4. Printed Sequin Jersey Knit Natural/Gold from Style Maker Fabrics

    Picture of Gold Sequinned Cardigan above from Pinterest: Link

    That's it for now! I hope you enjoyed this post and that you are inspired to grab the Maple Cardigan pattern and get sewing :)

    Pattern link: Maple Cardigan for Women PDF Sewing Pattern



    Peach Patterns "Maple Cardigan for Women" PDF Sewing Pattern: Pattern Options & Tester Round-up

    Peach Patterns

    I'm excited to announce that the Maple Cardigan for Women PDF Sewing Pattern is now available in the Peach Patterns online store. The Maple Cardigan is a hip length cardigan with a slightly dropped shoulder seam and long sleeves. The cardigan is designed with enough ease for comfort and with a flattering, body skimming silhouette. There are two options which you can see below:

    You'll love this easy-to-make wardrobe staple for so many reasons:

    • It's quick to sew and is a great introduction to sewing with knits;
    • There are two great options (a pretty Drape Front Cardigan and a classic Band Front Cardigan);
    • You need only 1.5 metres/yards of fabric for all options/sizes;
    • It looks great in a lighter weight knit for summer/warmer weather (try jersey mixes with linen, rayon, bamboo or modal);
    • It's excellent made up in warmer knits for winter layering (try double brushed poly, stretch velvet, ponte, sweater knits, french terry);
    • Can be made as a casual piece to team with jeans, as a work cardigan over a blouse and pencil skirt or as a special occasion cardigan (try stretch lace or velvet);
    • The "Layers" feature means you can print either the multi-size pattern or only your own size;
    • The pattern is carefully designed to minimise the number of pages required for assembly (and there is also a large A0 format for those who prefer to print on a single page at a copyshop).

    My testers were so enthusiastic about this pattern and many of them made two or more cardigans during the testing phase (they are addictive once you start!). I'm so thankful to them for their hard work and constructive feedback and you can see their fabulous cardigans here (and check out their social media links for more sewing inspiration).

    Left: Cassie @cmfedewa | Middle: Boon Kuan @limbksews | Right: Karen @poshbotscreations

    Peach Patterns Maple Cardigan for Women PDF Sewing Pattern

    Left: Lauren @threadh2o | Middle: Beck @becksews | Right: Katie @kak513

    Left: Bianca | Middle: Kiaraleigh @chooknduck | Right: Karyn @libbyandmae

    Left: Katie @kak513 | Middle: Siska @_siskamakes_ | Right: Kris

    Left: Kris | Middle: Celine @cookiekhoo | Right: Katie @kak513

    Left: Siska @_siskamakes_ | Middle: Katie @kak513 | Right: Lois @windsorwoollies

    A big thank you to these wonderful ladies! And the pattern link again: Peach Patterns Maple Cardigan for Women.

    Peach Patterns "Maple Cardigan for Women" PDF Sewing Pattern: Tester Call

    Peach Patterns

    I'm excited to give you a preview of Peach Patterns next pattern for women. The "Maple Cardigan" is a sewing pattern for a fabulous womens' cardigan which is sure to become a wardrobe staple. We are currently looking for testers who can make the cardigan and provide modelled photos between 24 June and 4 July 2018.

    Some of the features of this pattern:

    • Quick and easy sew;
    • Two options (Drape Front and Banded Front);
    • Looks great in a wide variety of knit/stretch fabrics including jersey, spandex, rayon and viscose jersey/spandex mixes, brushed poly, stretch velvet, stretch lace, french terry;
    • Makes a fabulous transition piece for between seasons (using a lighter knit) or a warm layer in winter (using heavier knits).

    If you're interested in testing the "Maple Cardigan", please apply via the Google Form.