tutorial: light drape cardigan

Drastic changes in temperature drive me insane. Stepping outside an airconditioned mall to the taxi  stand will have me sweating seven ways to Sunday. Conversely, if I step inside a freezing room from somewhere warm, my tummy will do sommersaults. Or I’ll get a migraine.

Because I seem to have an old lady’s body, I needed a light cardigan. I made a DIY cardigan, of course. This DIY light cardigan is just the right garment for keeping my body from going berserk. Bonus: this can be a great DIY beach cover-up, too.



1. Take one of your loose shirts and copy it’s size. From the tip of the sleeves, simply make a curve to the hem, as shown by the illustrations above.

2. The length is entirely up to you. If you wish to make a beach cover-up, though, I suggest that  you go long.

3. The front pieces are basically half pieces of the back panel but with added flaps. These flaps will give your cardigan that drape effect. The size of the flap is entirely up to you but I suggest that these be more than 12 inches from the middle point.


1. Fold and sew 1a and 1b. This will give your front opening a more finished look.

2. Take your front and back pieces and align the shoulders. With 2c and 2c meeting perfectly in the middle along 2a, pin the pieces right sides together. Sew.

3. At this point, you can choose to sew the sides of your front and back pieces, but not together. Sew from 3a to 3b. And again, from 3c to 3d. Take note, the front and back pieces should not be together; you are simply making sure that your armhole openings have that finished look.

4. After that, it’s time to sew the sides together. Determine your armhole size and sew along the sides, with the right sides of your front and back pieces together. My armhole opening was 8 inches from the shoulder tips.

5. Hem.

6. Fit.

7. Yes, you’re done.

Styling possibilities of your fun DIY drape cardigan:

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25 thoughts on “tutorial: light drape cardigan

    1. This is fantastic! I’m definitely pinning this. What kind of material did you use?

      Thank you! And I used some stretchy rayon type. :) Something jersey-ish but thicker.

  1. WOW! This is so awesome! And even at 60, I think it will still look pretty good! =) You amaze me with your talent. When I grow up, I want to be like you! Very Creative!

  2. This is adorable. You don’t have an old lady body. I know because I do! I love your idea about using it at the beach! (Pinned it!)

  3. hey meream! that’s an awesome tutorial! i totally love the way you’ve styled the cardigan, it makes for a great spring/summer look!

    ps. I would like to send you a copy of one of my Medieval Physiognomy series for your craft room walls. Would you like to tell me which one you would like and where i can send it :)

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