That 70s cardigan

vintage kwik sew 536

Kwik Sew 536 – I searched the pattern pieces, instructions and envelope and I can’t find a copyright date! Even vintage patterns wikia just says circa 1970s.

vintage kwik sew 536 back

But apparently I don’t have that 70s waist. The waistband doesn’t go comfortably around, so I haven’t bothered with buttons or snaps (as recommended by the pattern). Don’t you love that pattern envelope artwork? Such attitude! That hair! (I think I had a Barbie that looked just like that blonde lady).

kwik sew 536 retro cardi

This is my first make for the monthly stitch sew stretchy challenge (I have a few others planned). I used a remnant sweater knit that is cotton rich, so cosy and soft on the inside. It had a very wide section on one selvage that was a different knit, so I used that for the arm bands and waistband, stash rib knit for the neckline. I sewed it all up on the overlocker and it came together very quickly.


How groovy would this be made up in this vintage polyester double knit?:

or this one?:

I can see either of these with red rib knit arm/waist/neckline bands.

and I would love one from this (all fabrics found on etsy from US sellers):

My grey version will go with most of my wardrobe and I expect it to get quite a bit of use.

Project summary

pattern:  Kwik Sew 537 (an ebay find)

fabric:  sweater knit from Fantazia Fabricland (2014)

future mods:  might try to lengthen the waistband and widen the front pieces.


3 thoughts on “That 70s cardigan

  1. Ah this is awesome – I really need to find a good cardigan pattern! Very cool with the contrasting fabric at the cuffs and hem, though I was hoping you were going to reveal some sort of wizardry that we could all copy.


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