Hi there! Tasha (@sewing.life.adventures) here to show off my newest AK pattern sew. I am so ready for cooler weather to arrive so I’ve started working on some transition pieces. I have several cardigans but none of them duster length so I thought it would be a great time to make one. The Nikki cardigan provided an awesome base pattern to start with and it was very easy to make my duster length cardigan a reality.
I had several yards of this teal waffle knit fabric in my stash and it was more than enough to complete the Nikki cardigan hack. I ended up only about 3 yards for this project.
First I looked at both the drafted height of the pattern and measured the pattern pieces to determine the finished length. I then measured myself in order to calculate how much length to add to the original hem of the pattern. Most duster cardigans I saw fall around mid-calf so that’s where I measured to. I am 5’3 and added approximately 15 inches to the Nikki pattern. I added the same length to the front band pieces. I did not change the width of the pattern at all and as such did not need to alter the hem band. I also kept the original sleeve length and finished cuff. I did omit the waist tie and added patch pockets to the front.
Then I cut out the front and back bodices pieces plus front band pieces using the adjusted length. That was it! Super easy right? This waffle knit fabric is very soft and has a bit of drape to it. During construction I added clear elastic to the shoulder seams for a little bit of stability. Aside from that I constructed the Nikki cardigan per the tutorial even down to attaching the front bands the same.
Who knows when fall weather will actually arrive but when it does I’ll be ready.