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 Fabric.com
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 Fabric.com
2. Telio Stretch Velvet Burnout Circles from Fabric.com
3. Telio Ornamental Stretch Lace Navy from Fabric.com
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