Friday, 4 September 2015

LLK Library Cardi Blog Tour

What's not to love about the cool, crisp air, the crunch of beautiful, colorful leaves and pumpkin spice everything?! We are gearing up for Fall and savoring every bit of this beautiful weather before we experience nearly 6 months of Winter. Eek!

I love when the seasons change! It's a chance to sew up new clothes and stock the wardrobe for the coming weather. This week I got to make the new Library Cardigan by Cassie with Little Lizard King! LLK was my first PDF love, and it is always exciting to sew one of their patterns! This new pattern definitely did not disappoint!

Let's talk about the details. This patterns ranges from a size 12 months to a size 14 in girls.  You'll find detailed instructions, cutting charts, pictures and pattern pieces to use when sewing with knit fabrics to make this oh so cute cardi.

I chose to use Art Gallery Fabrics knits from the Skopelos line by Katarina Roccella.  The purple dot fabric is from Euro Girls Boutique.


I'm a ruffle lovin' girl, and I thought they would add a cute little touch to the Library Cardi. I multiplied the width measurement of the sleeve binding by two to get my ruffle width and I used a length of 1.5". I ruffled each of the sleeve ruffle strips with my serger. (Thank goodness for that ruffle foot!!)

I followed the "Alternate Method" of adding the sleeve binding on page 13 of the Library Cardi Pattern.  Next, I sewed the ruffle onto the sleeve, right sides together, matching the ruffled end with the raw edge of the sleeve.

Sew the binding onto the sleeve right sides together. Keep in mind the ruffle will be sandwiched between the sleeve and sleeve binding. Sew up the side seams of the sleeves and they are finished!

For the neckband binding, I cut my ruffle strips 1.5" long and multiplied the width of the neckband binding by two to get the ruffle strip width. After my neckband binding was sewn onto the wrong side of the cardigan, I clipped the binding to the right side of the fabric (page 19 in your tutorial).  I slid the ruffle strip in between the cardigan and the binding. The ruffle strip doesn't need to go to the end of the cardigan because of the way the pockets will be made. I did have extra ruffled fabric, which I cut off. 

Sew the binding closed, and you have added ruffles to your Library Cardigan! 



Big hugs and a huge thank you to Cassie and LLK for letting me be a part of the Library Cardigan blog tour!

P.S. Brylee is wearing her Road Trip Racerback by Little Lizard King under her cardi :)

Happy sewing!