Hello Valentine

wembleyseamwork3I’m not a cardigan person. I think we stablished I’m a sweater girl, but sometimes a sweater doesn’t cut the mustard. Sweaters are cool with pencil skirts however not so nice to wear over dresses. When you need just to cover your arms but don’t want to loose the shape of an outfit. I would normally just sew long sleeves dresses but it doesn’t work with RTW dresses I own, specially this bright red valentine’s dress. Luckily I had some left over Poppies Liberty of London which was just enough to whip up this crop cardigan.


Pattern: Seamwork Wembly (Modified). Seamwork’s patterns are very simple which fullfill their mission to provide patterns that could be sew in just a few hours. Their are basic, wardrobe building blocks for sewists. I been a subscriber for a whole year now. I will continue to do so because I see their patterns as a starting point. Seamwork patterns are limited to their mission scope that sometimes the patterns feel almost there. Just a few adjustments away of being more exciting. Which leave me to take them further either in design or finishing techniques.


Wembley is a relaxed fit, cropped cardigan. It features an angled hem that dips in the front, a finished neckband, a finished waistband, and cuffed sleeves.


Modifications: Lengthened (slash-spread) the front piece + lengthen the lower front border to create the wrap ties.


Fabric: liberty jersey, left over from Rachel Wrap dress.


Fit wise, like with all Colette patterns, I raised the arm cycle. Once you understand how your body differs from sewing pattern blocks altering is very easy. Colette is consistent which means I don’t even sew a pilot garment after my usual flat pattern alterations. On my sewing notebook I have my general fitting alteration notes: sleeve length etc.. and individual fitting notes regarding my most sewn sewing pattern companies. For example, Deer and Doe is extremely short body (bust-waist ration) which mean my lengthening line get divided in two sections: Above the bust dart and between bust and waist. Having my personal fitting guideline makes my sewing process quicker when trying new patterns from well-established companies. Burdastyle tall and Named pretty much fit from envelop (except arm length which I sometimes get away not lengthening). Recently tried Style Arc. Fit was fantastic straight from the envelop for their bottoms (skirts, trousers, etc). I’m still to try the top part. Papercut bottoms fit me perfectly from envelop but I need to drop the dart on bodices. Fitting always was a passion when I started sewing. There are so many alterations methods out there. Do you have a preferred method?

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  • That’s so cute. I love it!

  • Tomasa

    Beautiful – love this vibrant red color on you!

  • Kat

    Beautiful colours! I love experimenting with patterns to make them fit perfectly. it wasn’t something I was aware of for the longest time, but it really changes your sewing game. I’m quite lazy when I make fitting alterations (for most bodice lengthening, I tend to just trace the top part of the pattern, slide the piece down the length I want to increase it, then continue tracing….) but for TNT patterns I trace and save my blocks.

  • ooobop

    Cute little wrap! Love the shape x

  • It’s perfect! I find I am still learning to know my body shape and patterns, the most difficult part can be my pot belly, as my waist and hips are slim but I then have this added extra at the front. Luckily Colette patterns are quiet forgiving and that’s what I’m working on at present.

  • Neela MistryBradshaw

    Gorgeous little wrap cardi In beautiful Liberty jersey looks fantastic on you! Nee x

  • Very sweet and how satisfying to use up leftovers!

  • Edurne López

    oh please do share some of that passion as I hate fitting way too much. I know that’s why good projects end as UFOs or thrifted…

  • That wrap cardi is so cute on you!
    Thanks for mentioning which pattern companies fit you. I’m tall, so it’s helpful to know. I wish all the Indie patternmakers would state clearly what body type/proportions they design for.