Sewing Techniques for a Boyfriend Cardigan Jacket
I want to share construction details I used on the knit boyfriend cardigan jacket from my 2022 Threads Luxury Loungewear Challenge collection. The jacket pattern is from BurdaStyle (September 2013), and is shown on the cover.
I’ve been admiring this beauty for a while. Luckily, I had the perfect fabric in my stash, a beautiful charcoal gray ponte knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. It was the right weight and color, and I had enough to cut out the cardigan, belt, and a tank top to match.
Boyfriend cardigan jacket’s unique sleeve cap
This cardi features shaped sleeve cap bands, front and back neckbands/facings, cuffs, patch pockets, and a matching belt. I chose to use a contrast fabric for the belt facing, also from my collection. The construction was straightforward.
I did not want to line this cardigan, as it is loose-fitting and the fabric is medium- to heavyweight ponte knit. Since I wanted it to have a clean finish on the inside, I decided to use the lighter weight “travel knit” from Hobby Lobby, only to line the sleeve-cap bands and cover the curved seams.
Boyfriend cardi jacket construction
These are the steps I used and you may find useful when constructing a similar unlined garment.
1. For the sleeve-cap bands, place the right side of the lining to the wrong side of the bands. Machine-sew them on at the armscye seam.
2. Press the lining down and tailor-tack it at the cap’s center to make sure it matches there.
3. Turn the lining’s free edge under and pin.
4. Then thread-baste in place to eliminate the need for pins. This will keep you from snagging the knit fabrics.
5. Fell-stitch or slipstitch the lining in place.
Here is the finished sleeve-cap band lining.
Interfacing and pockets