|| 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!
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.
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