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Pattern Hackers: Add Side Ties to a Cardigan

Break the rules with three pattern hacks for the Flor cardigan, by Chelsea Miller.

Posted in: Tutorials & Techniques • November 30, 2019

Everyone knows that sewing gives you superpowers. First on that long list is the ability to break the rules and make garments that represent you and your taste. We want to encourage you to think of our patterns as a blank canvas that you can customize to truly suit your style. 

Our pattern hacks are designed to teach you hacking basics that help you customize patterns so that you can become a confident pattern hacker. Each month, we will show you how to draft and sew one new pattern hack, and we'll share links to two additional pattern hacks from our pattern hacks library.

These hacks help you give your Seamwork patterns a custom spin—all you need is paper, a ruler, and a pencil!

This month, learn how to add side ties to your Flor cardigan. This is a super easy way to hack the style of your cardigan, and it keeps you nice and cozy! Our other hacks this month include shortening the sleeves and adding a gathered peplum.

Note: For best results, be sure to make any necessary fit adjustments before hacking your pattern.

HACK ONE: Side Ties

Add side ties to your Flor for a stylish new take on this classic cardigan.



Cut the tie piece to your desired length for this hack. We did 17".


Add 3/8" seam allowance all around the new tie piece.


Label this piece "Side Ties, Cut 2.” Re-draw the grainline.

HACK TWO: Shortening Sleeves

Shorten the sleeves of your Flor cardigan using this hack from issue 34.

HACK THREE: Adding a Peplum

Add a peplum to your Flor cardigan using this hack from issue 45.

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