Welp, that was an unexpected weeklong break! Oh well, worse things have happened 🙂
And in the meantime, I tested the new cardigan just released by Love Notions — the Canyon Cardigan (affiliate link)!
*Disclaimer: I am one of Love Notions’ paid testers, meaning I get a small stipend for testing the pattern and talking about it afterwards.
This may just be my perfect cardigan. I’m not joking about that. I wear cardigans a lot, but I’ve never found a pattern that was just what I wanted for casual wear. I have a go-to pattern for your basic work-appropriate twin-set type cardigan, but my quest for my ideal looser casual cardigan has been long and arduous. And it’s finally over!
The Canyon Cardigan comes with 3 different silhouettes — A-line, gathered, and waterfall, all with the option of a sleeve or a vest. For my tester version, I chose the waterfall silhouette in the vest option.
There are any number of drape-neck cardigans available on the indie market right now, but my complaint is the same with all of them — too much fabric around the neck. I am unusually laissez-faire about some things, but quite picky about others, and fabric on my neck falls into my uber-picky category. It drives me nuts! So the great thing about the waterfall version of this cardigan is that I can have my cake and eat it too! A nice, drapey front silhouette with zero extra fabric hanging out on my neck 🙂
Construction is surprisingly easy, considering how great the final product was. The waterfall version has options to either leave the hem raw or hem it using a mitred edge on that corner. I originally thought I would hem it, but when it came time to sew I was feeling lazy, and left the hem raw both on this version and my muslin (which I would show you except I messed up connecting the skirt and the front is totally uneven). And I actually like it!
I’ve been wanting to add a vest or two to my wardrobe for a very long time. We have pretty mild weather in Kansas — our warm season starts in February or March, and it won’t really get cold until November — so a piece like this has a lot of wearing opportunity. I will undoubtedly be making a couple sleeved versions for fall, but I still plan to add another vest version to my wardrobe as well. And the nice thing is that with three different silhouettes, it won’t look like I’m just making the same thing over and over (even though I am!).
My fabric for this particular vest is a wonderfully soft rayon/spandex tissue knit that I picked up at a local fabric shop called Modern Makers. It is lightweight and has absolutely gorgeous drape — perfect for this waterfall vest. I have a variety of other knits that I want to try out as well, including some heavier weight knits that I think would work really nicely in the A-line version.
Oh, and did I mention that it has pocket? Love me a good pocket! My search is over. My perfect casual cardigan has arrived!
Which version will you try first?
Pattern: Canyon Cardigan (affiliate link) by Love Notions
Price: $8.95, currently on sale through Thursday for $6.00.
Difficulty: Adventurous beginner
Techniques Required: Working with knits, attaching a neckband, attaching sleeves (optional), sewing a mitred corner (optional), sewing facing (optional).
- 3 silhouettes
- Two sleeve lengths.
- Vest option
- Knit Fabric
- Matching thread
Similar Patterns: There are a number of cardigan patterns available, but none with as many options. The Grainline Driftless is another good oversized cardigan. There are also a number of drape-neck cardigans (which have more bulk around the neck). Options are the EYMM Four Seasons Cardigan, the Patterns for Pirates Carefree Cardigan, and the Swoon Scarf-Neck Cardigan. The Mouse House Creations Julia Cardigan is another good casual cardigan, though a significantly different shape and construction than this one.
Fabric: This vest is made with a rayon/spandex tissue knit. Perfect for a lightweight layer.
Fit: Wonderful! This cardigan is a very forgiving fit, but I think Tami did a good job tweaking the shoulders and neckline to get the best possible starting fit for as many women as possible.
Pattern format: PDF. Tami always includes a printing guide to minimize the number of pages you need to print. For this view, I think I had 18 pages to print and tape.
- Lots of options for silhouette and sleeve style. Includes pretty much every casual option I would want.
- Instructions are good and easy to follow.
- Straightforward construction. I was surprised at how easily and quickly this went together.
- Cutting the neckband in two pieces isn’t really necessary on the smaller sizes (though it is on the larger).
- The waterfall skirt piece can’t be cut on the fold because it’s too wide. These are tiny, nit-picky little things that are really incapable of being changed, but I don’t have any real negatives on this one!
Overall Grade: A. This is an incredibly versatile, easy to wear, staple wardrobe item. Hard to beat that!