Puff Sleeve Cardigan Mash
I really enjoy hacking or mashing patterns to get a look that I imagine. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. If I don't give it a try though, I won't learn. I haven't been the best at tracking my hacks and mashes in the past which isn't good when I try to duplicate it again. I've realized this is a fault of mine and have changed my ways by taking notes on each and every make in Trello, including all hacks. If you are new to hacking, I'd highly recommend taking notes and pictures so you remember what you've done to learn from.
So let's talk about my latest project... Back in October I envisioned a duster with puff sleeve detail. The first step in making this vision come to life was picking a base pattern to use. I started with the Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan. All patterns from Love Notions will be 30% off during their site wide sale January 3-7. You can use coupon code Katiek10 at checkout to receive an additional 10% off any purchase. This is a perk for you and gives me affiliate funds.
The next step was to decide how I wanted to modify it. I could either mash by combining another pattern with the Boyfriend Cardigan or hack by changing the current pattern for the features I desire. Both work, in this case I opted for mashing with the Arlington Sweater puff sleeve.
For this mash, start by tracing the Arlington armsyce onto the Boyfriend pattern pieces on both the front and back. You'll notice that the Boyfriend Cardigan has a slight dropped sleeve so when drawing the Arlington armsyce onto the Boyfriend, make sure you keep that in mind. Then cut out the pieces from the Boyfriend Cardigan with the exception of the sleeves. Cut out the sleeves from the Arlington pattern. I'm using a brushed cashmere rib knit from Mily Mae Fabrics for this duster. This fabric is soft and warm but has 4 way stretch so can grow a bit with wear.
Construct the Boyfriend Cardigan according to the tutorial. When you get to adding the sleeves, add basting stitches to the sleeve cap. Pull the stitches to tighten and create gathering before attaching to the bodice. Remove the basting stitches once sewn to the bodice. Finish constructing by sewing the side seams and hemming the sleeve. I actually prefer a cuffed sleeve so I shortened the sleeve and added cuffs on this make.
Wondering if a hack/mash is worth the extra time? As long as you don't go crazy and add too many modifications, I say yes! These hacks and mashes make a pattern your own vision and boost creativity. I feel so accomplished when I finish a successful mash or hack.
While this hack is fun because I love a puff sleeve, it's also super functional. Puff sleeves give more ease in the sleeve and allow for layering over sleeves better. I prefer a puff or lantern sleeve when layering with 3/4 or long sleeves during winter.
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