The Longley - Drapey Cardigan Pattern


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Also available as a PDF download pattern here.

You will live in this cardigan!  Its generous draped front is seriously flattering and you can wrap it around yourself when you want to be really cosy. The deep neckband and hemband and foldback cuffs can be made in contrast fabric. See more versions under the #miylongley and #longleycardi hashtags on Instagram and on this Pinterest board. You can also find loads of inspiration, tips, reviews and tutorials specific to this pattern on Wendy's blog here.

The pattern is multi-sized and printed on 80gsm white paper (not flimsy tracing paper) which is packaged in a white paper bag with an A4 book of instructions (example in last photo). This is NOT a downloadable pdf pattern that you have to print and stick together yourself.

The cardi is a fairly loose fitting generously sized garment so 3 sizes are included in the pattern ranging from bust size 80cm to 101cm (31.5" to 40"). This pattern is sized based on body measurements not dress sizes and includes full details of finished garment measurements for each size to make sure you get the right size first time.

This pattern is designed for stretch knit fabrics only and can be made in a variety of knitted fabrics from single jersey to sweatshirt.  You can mix and match your fabrics, using a contrasting colours or prints for the neck, hem and cuffs.  Help with choosing fabrics can be found on the blog here and here.

This design is easy, but is best for sewers who have already made a couple of projects rather than absolute beginners!

The pattern comes with a thorough instruction booklet which covers: 

  • fabric requirements
  • finished garment measurements
  • cutting layouts
  • an explanation of fabric layouts and cutting
  • how to sew knit fabrics on a domestic sewing machine
  • instructions & diagrams for how to make the cardi.

The patterns are designed and written by Wendy Ward, an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by her eager sewing students. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns well explained in down-to-earth and accessible language with clear, detailed diagrams.  Wendy has been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.

Find sewing tips and more on Wendy's blog at

In the EU? You need to order from the MIY Collection Etsy Shop.

Thanks and happy sewing!

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