I don’t know about you guys but I love a nice wide collar that nestles perfectly around your neck…it feels that extra bit cozier, especially for people like me who always seem to be freezing.
I’ve been trying to figure out a way to hack the Driftless cardigan from Grainline to make my wide-collar wishes come true. And I’ve finally figured out a way to sew the collar so the raw edges are hidden away and I though I’d share my hack with you.
I used some fabric that I had left over from the Arianne Slip…it’s a really pretty burgundy ITY jersey and SO so soft (almost too soft…makes it a teensy bit tricky to sew with, takes a lot of tszuj-ing). I think I ended up having about 2.5 yards or so.
- I cut my pieces like I did for my last mod, except that I kept the pockets this time removing the cocoon shaping, and cutting the back in a single piece. Also instead of folding my fabric selvage to selvage, I folded it about 11″ short of the selvage for the neck band to be cut from.
- Sew together as pattern states until you get to the neckband.
- Measure the neck line from hem all the way around to the other hem and subtract 2″ or so (this number will vary depending on how stretchy your fabric is, my fabric was super stretchy!).
- Cut 1 strip, 10″ x (hemline length – a few inches)”, fold right sides facing and sew the two short ends together, turn right sides out and press. (I ended up sewing two 5″ wide pieces together to make mine wide enough, so you can do that too if needed)
- Match the raw edges to the neckline (Match middle top of neckline to middle of neckband, then match ends of neck band with hems and then stretch to fit).
- Sew on with a serger or zig zag stitch and viola!
I love that it closes the front gap in the cardigan a bit more…but is still very slim fitting and drapey. This will be perfect for spring!