Thursday, 11 June 2020

Sew Easy Peasy - Cozy Wrap Cardigan by Halla



I have to admit that I've got a huge love affair going on with the Cozy Wrap Cardigan by designer Hallå Patterns. This snuggly, comfortable and yet elegant waterfall style cardigan is a deceptively quick, easy and satisfying sew.

This is the second one I've made and I'm absolutely hooked on this design and already planning more. I looked long and hard for a suitable wrap or waterfall style cardigan. What particularly drew me to the Cosy Wrap Cardigan is that the back is beautifully slimline and there isn't too much fabric in the front. Being a petite 5ft 2in, too much fabric just looks bulky and unflattering on me.

This cardigan is the perfect mid season cover-up. Great for those chilly evenings when you just need something light and simple to throw on. The beauty of the Cosy Wrap is it's versatility. It looks equally fantastic over jeans and a simple tee as it does over a pretty dress and heels or smart black trousers. A true wardrobe staple. 

I'm planning on hacking the collar to make it slimmer so it doesn't fold over and making some in light weight summer fabrics to slip on over dresses on chilly evenings. 


Fabric

This pattern is designed for knits. The fabric I used came from my stash and is something I "won" in an online auction bundle so I can't really tell you much about it apart from the fact that it is a lightweight ribbed knit sweater fabric which has lovely drape, weight, bouncy movement and good recovery 😁

Recommended Fabrics

For great results Halla suggest the following sweater knit fabrics:

  • Hacci sweater knit
  • Rayon rib knit for cowls and bands 
  • Rayon french terry 
  • Cotton Lycra will work, but will give a different look to the garment.  
  • Light sweater knits 




Pattern Review

Firstly, it's important to say that this is a PDF only pattern. If you don't like printing, trimming and gluing patterns then it's simple to find an online printer or copy shop to order A0 size print outs of your pattern. Personally I don't mind the assembly stage. For me it's a chance to study the garment construction and think about how I will approach the project.

This pattern is layered meaning you only need to print the size or sizes, that you intend using. So less ink and less confusing if you like to trace out your patterns after printing.

As with all Halla patterns there are no pattern pieces supplied for cuffs and bands. Measurements are given and it's simple enough to either draft out your own pattern pieces or if you are like me, measure out on the fabric and cut direct. Just be sure you have your fabric properly lined up and straight before you start. This is where a cutting board, rotary cutter and quilting ruler really come in handy 😊 

Another thing I love is that Halla overlay a ruler on their patterns at the bust, waist and hip points to simplify pattern alteration. Thank you Halla!  

I would rate this as an easy project for a beginner. With only six pattern pieces (wrap cardigan version), clearly detailed and illustrated instructions to follow and very little technical difficulty it's a doddle and a super fast make. 
  

Options

photo courtesy of Halla Patterns


All Hallå Patterns include a huge range of options and at just under $10 for the pattern that represents great value for money.  

This versatile pattern includes several options for waterfall/open front, crossover front cardigans and sweaters and a button down cardigan as well as hem and sleeve length and cuff options. There's even pockets !

I chose to make the hemmed open front version with long hemmed sleeves.




Sizing and Pattern Adjustments

Halla pattern sizing is a very inclusive US 00 to 30 and I find their patterns fit true to size.

Based on my measurements and finished garment size I graded between sizes :

Shoulders - US 6-8 / UK 10/12
Bust  -  US 6/8 / UK 10/12 front panels   plus   US 10/12  / UK 14/16 back panel 
Hip  -  US 6/8 / UK 10/12

I shortened the arms by 2 3/4 inches which is a standard adjustment for my petite stature. I did the shortening at the pattern adjustment stage. In the pattern instructions the sleeves are hemmed BEFORE they are sewn up and inserted. I didn't do this as I always need to fine tune sleeve length again when finally hemming.   



Work in progress

Sewing Challenges

This a really simple sew even for a beginner with no real technical challenges. 

I used an overlocker for the main construction and hemmed on my standard sewing machine. 

My only complaint about Halla patterns is the lack of alignment markings for matching up pattern pieces. I would have liked some markings for aligning the collar with the garment as it is a large piece of fabric. As you can see from the photo I used lots of clips to ensure the collar matched up and stayed in place whilst I serged it. I find clips really good for stretch fabrics as they don't mark the fabric.

 


Hemming Top Tip : The hems I turned up to about an inch. I first ironed on a stretch interfacing before turning up and sewing. On the sleeves I used a stretch stitch to avoid the hem popping when putting the garment on and off. However on the bottom I just used a standard straight stitch. Applying interfacing gives a lovely finish to a stretch garment hem and helps to stop hems and sleeves stretching out with wear.



And Finally....

I really love this pattern. It's the perfect easy to wear mid season cover up. I get so many compliments when I wear it and already a request from my dear sister in law to make her one...... that's Christmas sorted! I will be making many more of this great wardrobe essential.







Sources & Links 

Fabric was sourced from Knitpop one of my favorite online shops for knit fabrics. 

If you would like to make the Cosy Wrap Cardigan the pattern is available here


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