Named Clothing – Saunio Cardigan is the February project for Blue Bird Fabrics #SewMyStyle, project to sew 12 garments in 12 months to raise awareness about the slow fashion movement and encouraging women to take up sewing.

I love cardigans for layering for business attire! Easy way to look put together while still being comfortable.

saunio-cardigan-7This particular cardigan is not going to make the regular work rotation list as I made a bad choices with length and material. It’s a bit boxy for me and too short to wear with a belt as it keeps pulling out in the back. I did wear it to work once, and got a few looks and no compliments. The material is also a fuzz magnet.

I bought the material second hand originally thinking it would be great for March’s #SewMyStyle project, but decided it would be better as a cardigan.  So close, but not enough drape to pull off this boxy shape on me. Leggings would have been a worse choice for this material though!

I’ve not bought a pattern that required tracing before and not willing to move too far out of my comfort zone, I printed the PDF pattern twice to cut out the pieces. I made the medium size with no alterations. If I were to make another I would add 6″ (12 cm) to allow it to be belted.saunio-cardigan-39

The facing wouldn’t lie flat for me to sew the way the pattern required, probably due to a cutting error.  I went with edgestitching instead.




The back has asymmetrical coloring, which I’ll call a style choice.  After cutting out the material, I read a tip to print an extra pattern piece to make a full pattern instead of cutting on the fold. That would have have make this cardigan closer to the vision I had in my head.