Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lemon Squeeze Cardigan


This is the Lemon Squeeze Cardigan from Snapdragon Studios, a lovely and versatile cardigan pattern. 


 

The Lemon Squeeze can be made with either lightweight wovens or knits and has several different finishing options depending on your fabric choice. The buttonless cardigan has either 3/4 length straight sleeves or full length bell sleeves and a funky hem.


(By the way, Snapdragon Studios is having a sale on all of their patterns this month in honor of National Sewing Month... worth a look, as they have some very pretty and wearable designs! If you haven't already, check out my take on some of their other patterns: the Summer Jazz Dress and the Market Day Tunic)


The lace sample on the Snapdragon Studios blog is pretty amazing... imagine it in black lace? You could really channel Stevie Nicks in that. 


A thin sweater knit or a jersey version would be pretty perfect for fall, too (if fall was thing here in Bangkok, I would certainly make one).


I made mine with this tropical print gauzy cotton I bought a couple years ago in Bangkok's Chinatown... I couldn't pass up those colors!


The pattern gives you the option of either finishing the cardigan with facings or a rolled edge. I went with a third option and finished everything (neckline, front edges, hem) with some vintage bias tape from my mom's stash. The green worked really well with my fabric... it was fate. 


I used french seams to keep the insides nice and clean.. see photo below in which I am trying to show you the clean finished insides of my cardigan, but it appears that I am a flasher-in-training:


The only alteration I made to the pattern was to give myself just a teeny bit of extra room in the sleeve with a full arm adjustment:


The Lemon Squeeze Cardigan is super easy to put together- a very quick, one-afternoon sew! I am also pleased to say that if you are not using the facings and are making the shorter-sleeved version, the cardigan can take far less fabric than the generous requirements on the envelope indicate.


 I'm really happy with how it turned out - so light and airy! I love that I get a bit of that flowy, kimono-y feel, but with more shape and without having giant, unwieldy sleeves that dip in my Cheerios.


I paired my Lemon Squeeze Cardigan with jeans, but think it would be pretty great over a fitted tank dress, too.


Disclosure: Kim and Elizabeth from Snapdragon Studios gave me the Lemon Squeeze pattern for free, but my opinions about the pattern are my own.

14 comments:

  1. I've never seen this pattern before, but that print you made it up in is SELLING IT! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, lady! Hooray for colors, despite my boring photos. I have been wanting to join in on the quest for better photos, but it's so damn hot here that pretty much any outside location besides my balcony won't work. Even on my balcony I am dripping with sweat after 20 photos and have to step inside under the AC for a minute!

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  2. I agree - looks like a kimono but better! Great print.

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    1. Thanks, Noelle! It's a practical person's kimono ;-)

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  3. This cardigan is really beautiful:) And I think french seams are a great idea, it looks more professional this way. Have a nice day, Sophia
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    1. Thanks, Sophia! I agree: French seams are really professional looking!

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  4. Really nice, love the print you have used.

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  5. This is gorgeous!! I am seriously drooling over the fabric! I feel like it would be easy to dress up or down, and it looks like it is perfect for the climate you're in. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! This fabric was such a find... The colors are just awesome.. I agree- this cardigan feels really versatile!

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  6. Fabulous! Awesome fabric choice. I love it!

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  7. Oh, "flasher in training"--so so funny. I love the shape of the neckline and the hem on this one. Every time I think I've seen every possible variation of a cardigan, someone thinks up another one! Does the temperature every vary enough for you to make something warmer, or is this just a good fabric choice for you to ward off the air conditioning chills?

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    1. Ha- glad I made you laugh! The outside temperature doesn't vary very much in Bangkok, but I usually need something like this for wearing indoors where the AC is pumped up!

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