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Chic and Easy Cardigan Jacket, Part 2: Construction

Demonstration includes how to interface and how to install a half lining

Video: Threads magazine

In this installment of “Chic and Easy Cardigan Jacket,” instructor Pamela Leggett explains the basic garment construction. She demonstrates how to interface the garment sections and which products to use. Then you’ll see how to install the cardigan jacket half lining in the back. The final steps include adding the neck facing, shoulder pads, and pockets. Read more in “Chic Knit Jacket.”

Front and hem interfacing

Pamela recommends using 1 1/4-inch-wide knit stay tape interfacing by SewkeysE. Alternatively, you can use weft-insertion fusible cut into strips. Apply this to the bodice, sleeve hem allowances, and along the front opening edges.

Apply 1/2-inch-wide woven fusible stay tape to the front shoulder seams.

For the neckline, cut the facing pieces from lightweight fusible weft-insertion interfacing. Fuse this to the jacket rather than to the facing. This will help support the trim later. Pamela suggests using PerfectFuse Light.

Construct the neck facing by sewing the shoulder seams, and finish the outer edges. A serged edge reduces bulk.

Insert the cardigan jacket half lining

Prepare the lining by folding, pressing, and partially sewing the center-back pleat. Staystitch the neckline edge to anchor the pleat in place. Then serge the shoulder and side seam edges. Serge, fold up, and topstitch the lower edge. Do the same for the armhole edges.

Start by sewing the jacket’s shoulder and side seams. Turn the jacket inside out and place it on the worksurface with the front side up. Lay the lining, right side down, on the jacket. Align the shoulder and side seams, and pin. Then sew along the shoulder and side seams. Turn the lining to the garment’s back, so it is right side out. This encloses the shoulder and side seams. Baste the lining to the jacket along the back neckline.

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