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How I hacked the Seamly Wrap Cardigan

Tammy Lee

Last fall was my first fall sewing.  This sweater was EVERYWHERE- I mean everywhere. It was all over the sewing community Facebook group pages, and every sewist was asking for pattern recommendations or for a pattern maker to PLEASE draft a pattern like this.

Well, a year later and still no pattern.  I really really love this sweater, as I am sure many of you do.  Since I am not a pattern maker I wanted to figure a way to hack this sweater.  I finally figured it out and want to share it with you all. 

For this sweater I am using the Seamly Wrap Cardigan as my base pattern.  You can find it here on Indiesew.com.  I have had this pattern for about a year and have made a couple of them. Its a great versatile pattern, and a pretty quick sew.

I would like to emphasize I am in no way a pattern drafter, and I’m no good at making fitting adjustments. I can only show you how I hacked it in a size medium.  


If you have any questions or get stuck on anything please feel free to contact me at tammy@dhfabricsandco.com and I will answer and help as much as I can.

How I hacked it.

This sweater is a pretty quick sew.  The only pieces you will need from the Seamly pattern is the front, back and sleeve.  You will not use the facing.  

Follow the pattern assembly instructions.  There are many ways you can modify this, but I left everything the same for simplicity. All you will need to do is add a 18.5” X 18.5” square to the front of the pattern. This piece gives you the wrap.

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Construct the cardigan per the instructions. Skip the facing piece. Now you will hem all the way around the bottom pieces. I always use Heatnbond Soft Stretch Lite Iron on adhesive, you can find it on Amazon. This helps keep your hem smooth and you won’t get any wave.

 I folded up 1/2” and then again 1/2”. I recommend doing a 2” hem instead of a 1”

I folded up 1/2” and then again 1/2”. I recommend doing a 2” hem instead of a 1”

Here is what the store bought version looks like. Once you hem the bottom you will add snaps on each side.

 you will need to use knit Interfacing so the snaps don’t rip the sweater knit.

you will need to use knit Interfacing so the snaps don’t rip the sweater knit.

On mine I used 6 snaps on each side- 4” apart. Male snap piece on the right, female snap piece on the left. I used the stainless steel no sew snap fasteners. This bottom 18.5” square wraps and snaps behind your neck. Thats it to the hack. Pretty simple, right? You can also shorten it if you don’t want it as long, which you will need to do on both the front and back piece where indicated on the pattern. I left mine long so I can wear it with leggings.

 Thats all you have to do. Wrap and snap!

Thats all you have to do. Wrap and snap!

I also love that you can wear it as a long cardigan as well. If you don’t want to wrap it.

 I didn’t hem the front of it, but I do recommend hemming the front 2” as well just like the bottom. Using the HeatnBond will leave it nice and smooth and if you have a coverstitch, you’re golden. It will look so amazing! Don’t look too closely at mine, its not finished yet. I only hemmed and added the snaps so I can get this blog post done for you all.

I didn’t hem the front of it, but I do recommend hemming the front 2” as well just like the bottom. Using the HeatnBond will leave it nice and smooth and if you have a coverstitch, you’re golden. It will look so amazing! Don’t look too closely at mine, its not finished yet. I only hemmed and added the snaps so I can get this blog post done for you all.

I really hope you love the hack as much as I do. I will be wearing this sweater all through fall and winter. Our sweater knit is absolutely perfect for this hack because its drapes beautifully. BUT any sweater knit with a good drape will work. Happy Sewing,

xoxo,

Tammy