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Striped Laurelhurst Cardigan

Laurelhurst 1

I think that I have discovered my perfect Fall outfit. I have had my eye on the  Straight Stitch Designs Laurelhurst Cardigan for a while, but never got around to making it. When I saw this version from the Indiesew Fall Collection I knew that I wanted to make a Laurelhurst right away. And not just any Laurelhurst… I wanted to make that exact one. The fabric looked so cozy and perfect for Fall weather, so I ordered some the same day. We were having cooler temperatures when I ordered the fabric, but by the time it came (only 2 or 3 days later) the temperatures were back in the 90s and I wasn’t feeling like snuggling up in a big, blankety cardigan anymore. Thankfully the heat wave has passed so I got my pattern from Indiesew and got to sewing.

Laurelhurst 2

The fabric I used is from the Indiesew shop, but it is now out of stock. It’s a little bit more of a sweater knit feeling than the knits that I usually use and it is really soft. I love the charcoal gray stripes and they go really well with my rayon jersey Union St tee. I added my Ginger Jeans and I have a really comfortable, all handmade outfit!

Laurelhurst 3

The Laurelhurst is sizing is solely based on bust measurement since it’s drapey and loose. I went with a size 10 and did grade out to a 14 at the hips just because that is what I’ve done with the other Straight Stitch Designs patterns that I’ve made. I don’t know if grading out was totally necessary but I felt like it was better to be safe than sorry.

Laurelhurst back

I somehow ended up with a little bit less fabric than I needed so I had to cut the back as two pieces instead of cutting on the fold. This fabric was a bit of a challenge as far as stripe matching because it seemed a bit off grain. In order to get the stripes to be straight the knit is running sort of diagonally. I didn’t really look too closely at the fabric before I prewashed it so this may have happened in the wash. I haven’t washed it yet as a finished garment but I hope my seams don’t get all twisty. (This probably won’t be an issue because at this point I’m not sure I’m ever going to take it off.)

Laurelhurst 5

The cardigan is designed to have all raw edges but I decided to hem the sleeves. I think I will be OK with rolled up edges on the front and bottom, but I had a feeling that curled up edges on the sleeves would drive me nuts. I didn’t add any length to the sleeves and did a 3/4″ turned up hem. The sleeves are still nice and long, which I really like.

Laurelhurst 4

This is a quick, fun project. It took me just a few hours and would have taken quite a bit less if I hadn’t had to do so much stripe matching.  It’s a great, easy layer to throw on but looks way more polished than my worn out hooded sweatshirts. I’m thinking a basic black version may be next on the list!

~Teri

p.s. As part of the Indiesew blogger team I was provided with the Laurelhurst pattern. All opinions are my own.

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14 thoughts on “Striped Laurelhurst Cardigan

    1. Thank you, Teresa! I did actually force myself to take it off eventually but I’ll be wearing it again soon! I have been wearing sandals and flip flops all summer and it feels good to pull out some old favorite shoes again!

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  1. I love that this entire outfit is handmade! The cardigan looks super comfortable and will hopefully get a lot of wear this fall/winter. It looks perfect for just throwing on when you catch a chill.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! I think this cardigan will really fill a hole in my fall wardrobe. I often end up wearing my husband’s zip hoodies when I am outside with the kids. They are way too big and sloppy. I think now I can grab this instead and play outside in style!

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