Union | Halifax Cardigan Hack

dsc_00071It’s a hoodie!  It’s a cardi!  It’s a scarf!  IT’S A UNION ST TEE HALIFAX HOODIE MASH UP DRAPE FRONT CARDIGAN HACK!

So I’m still working on a catchy name, but basically it’s this:dsc_00491

I saw a lady on a super cheesy lifetime movie wearing a hoodie cardigan thingie like this and immediately was like, this movie sucks, I’m going to sew!  This is one of the easiest garments I’ve ever made, but I already predict it’s going to be one of the most worn.  dsc_00911

To get this look, I used the Union St. Tee for the body and added the hood from the Halifax Hoodie (you could just use the Halifax for the body, but it is cut as outerwear and has a much looser sleeve.  I wanted something really fitted around the shoulders and arms, so I used a T-shirt pattern instead.  If you have the Lane, you could use that too!)

The back and sleeves from the Union are just cut from the pattern as usual, although I did add about 1.5 inches to the length of the body.  dsc_00591

The front piece has a slight alteration.  Instead of cutting it on the fold, I laid it on folded fabric (so I’d end up with an identical mirrored pair) and cut straight out from the neckline to add about 8″ to the center.  8″ was totally arbitrary because it was all the fabric I had left, but if you add more fabric you’ll have even more drape in the front and it’ll hang a bit longer.patternalterationpics-18

I also added a 4″ cuff to the end of the sleeves because I like a nice chunky cuff that I can pull over my hands on my sweaters and hoodies.dsc_0038

Because the neckline on the Union is lower than the Halifax, I extended the hood by 2.5 inches at the neckline.  This isn’t totally necessary but I like for the hood to come farther down on each side of the neckline.patternalterationpics-19Then I just sewed the hood to the sweater, right sides together, aligning the seam in the hood with the center back of the sweater and pinning around to the front on both sides.dsc_00661

I hemmed this one by serging the edges and folding it once toward the wrong side and sewing it down with a longer stitch length.  Hemming isn’t usually necessary for most knits, but I used a french terry knit that does tend to fray slightly.  I recommend hemming for french terry and sweater knits, but all other knits will be fine left raw at the edges.dsc_00891

And that’s it!  It was seriously a 30 minute sew, not including the time it took to hammer the eyelets in place and thread the drawstring.  So easy, cute, and cozy for fall!dsc_00971

Heads up – the Halifax Hoodie is currently the featured pattern on sale (check out the bottom of this website for the code), and I’m giving you a special code to grab the Union too, just in case you want to recreate this hack and don’t have it yet.  Use code “Union15” to get the Union for 15% off as well!dsc_00721

Happy sewing and HAPPY FALL Y’ALL!

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14 thoughts on “Union | Halifax Cardigan Hack

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    October 10, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Love it! It’s cute and cozy! And you look gorgeous! Could I use the lane hood? And did you mention your fabric has minimal stretch?

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      October 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks Emily! I think you could def use the Lane hood. I used the regular FT from RCF, so it’s stretchy, but poor recovery.

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    Hillary Otis
    October 10, 2016 at 9:22 am

    This is definitely on my list! Love it. Thanks for the awesome hacks!!

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    October 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Love it but I hate hoodies. I can leave that off, right? Looks like it lined with sheep skin or something similar, is it lined?

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      October 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Yep, you can just leave the hood off! I probably will rarely actually pull the hood up, just a cute feature! This is french terry, no lining. The lighter part is the wrong side of the fabric

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    October 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Gorgeous; thanks for the tutorial! It’s my favorite cardigan style with a hood; can’t beat that. I’ll be sewing one soon!

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    October 11, 2016 at 12:54 am

    It looks like the perfect piece for cold weather. I like all my sleeves to be tight, with almost zero ease, so that’s a great tip on how to substitute looser sleeves with tighter ones. Love it 🙂

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    October 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Wouldn’t it look quite different if you used the Lane body? since it’s a raglan and the sleeves go onto the bodice in a different place. I can’t picture how that would look with a rectangle attached to it….

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      October 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Well you would still just be extending the CF of the front piece, so if it was all the same fabric you probably wouldn’t even really notice that it was a raglan right away. Does that make sense? Like the front drape would be the same.

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        October 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

        ah yes, I was thinking somehow that it was just the sleeves involved haha, thanks for the clarification!

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    October 14, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Oh HELLO! Don’t you look like the coziest Coloradoan ever?? Love it.

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      October 14, 2016 at 9:37 am

      oh you 🙂 This really is my uniform these days. Except the darn weather won’t stick to fall.

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    October 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Hi there! This looks so comfy and cozy! I’ve tried the halifax with the funnel neck, but never with the hood. If you extend the hood 2.5 inches as suggested, how does that affect the button hole placement for the drawstring? Do you have to move it closer to the hood hem? Thanks!!

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      October 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      You can leave it where it is in the pattern or move it down by the same amount you extend your hood. It’s kind of a personal preference. I think moving it down will probably look better if you wear it with the hood up though. I had already put my pattern away, so I just eyeballed where I wanted the eyelets to go, but it was definitely farther down than normal. Great question, thanks!

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