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Chic and Easy Cardigan Jacket, Part 3: Trims

Get creative and try combining and layering different options

Video: Threads magazine

Trims add character to your cardigan jacket. Follow along as instructor Pamela Leggett surveys the many trim options available to embellish a jacket. You can purchase trim or make your own by combining several types of trim. Learn more about this project in “Chic Knit Jacket.”

Petersham ribbon

This ribbed trim looks like grosgrain, but its scalloped edge means the ribbon can be curved, folded, and shaped readily. By steaming the ribbon, you can match it to the garment’s neckline curve. Petersham is an ideal base for combined trims. Choose a color that contrasts with the jacket fabric to set off a matching trim color.

Cardigan jacket trims galore

Pamela shows a range of embellishment options, some you can purchase and others you can create.


You can buy chain by the yard, in metal or even in plastic. Some chain trims are already attached to ribbon or other backing materials, making them fast and easy to attach to a garment.

Fringe/velvet combination

These trims have a classic Chanel look, and can be applied as is to solid or patterned jackets.

Bias strip

Cut a strip from a loosely woven, textured fabric, then fluff or brush the edges to create fringe. Apply a narrow soutache braid along the middle to provide contrast and support.

Straight-grain fringe

Cut a strip of woven fabric and pull warp threads to create a fringe, on one or both edges. Then topstitch another trim down the middle or on the unfringed edge. This prevents further raveling while adding dimension.

Gathered chiffon

Fold a bias strip of chiffon, then gather it into a ruffle. Sew a length of purchased trim along the raw edges to conceal them and secure the gathers. You can leave this trim puffy and soft, or press it flat to…

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  1. Elaine1976 | | #1

    I need to get back into sewing after recovering from an accident and after watching this video I am actually enthused. Shall be in touch again when/if I finish. Really like the idea of making my own trims. Excellent video.

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    prhpage | | #2

    Such an interesting and informative series! Thanks so much, Pamela, for bringing it to Threads. I’ve watched it a few times now, and made one jacket so far. Watching it again today, I am again inspired to root through my stash for a proper fabric to make another.

  3. parkapuff | | #3

    I so enjoyed this video, your speech isn't so fast that I have to replay to hear and now I can't wait to sew cardigans for my daughters who work in offices. Thank you too for your supply references as its so hard to find a good variaty up here in the far North.

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