It took me exactly zero seconds to decide on which pattern I wanted to sew up from the Indiesew website for this fall’s selfish sewing week blog hop. I have had my eye on the Laurelhurst pattern and have been dying for the weather to cool down so I could sew one up (or like 5).
I am the queen of cardigans! I am always freezing at work, so I pretty much always have at least 3 draped over the back of my desk chair. There is also nothing I love more than needing to throw on a cardigan on a cool fall day. Therefore, I don’t feel very selfish for already sewing up 3 of these for myself and ordering fabric for many many more.
The Laurelhurst is also such a ridiculously quick and easy cardigan to sew, therefore further justifying the need/want to sew so many of them.
You can pretty much use any knit fabric you fancy for this cardigan. The two in this post are sewn with a medium weight knit that is not super drapey. I have also sewn one with a lighter weight drapier fabric. I think I prefer the medium weight knit better as I like the fullness you get where the fabric drapes in the front.
The directions have you leave the hem and front opening of the cardigan unhemmed, since knits don’t unravel. I am totally cool with leaving this cardigan unhemmed. The edges of the knit fabric I chose for the 3 I have sewn up don’t roll at all, so my edges look just fine. I did order fabric to make some more and the edges of those knits are rolling terribly. If I decide to use them for the Laurelhurst, I’ll probably end up hemming. Luckily, Indiesew did a great blog post on how to hem the Laurelhurst. I’ll be referring to this if I decide not to be lazy :)
The Laurelhurst is a great beginner project, especially since I think hemming knits is the hardest part of sewing with knits for beginners. Kimberly’s directions are also very thorough.
I hope you all are selfishly sewing away this week! If you feel like you just don’t have enough time to sew for yourself this week, I promise you can squeeze a Laurelhurst into a naptime! Do it!!!
Check out the rest of bloggers on the blog hop for some more selfish sewing inspiration!
9/28: Priscilla | Fashion & Fishing
9/29: Lucinda | Sew Wrong
9/30: Heather | Feather’s Flights
10/1: Abbey | Sew Charleston
10/2: Teri | Fa Sew La
10/3: Jess | La Mercerie