Add a Zipper to Your Camden Cardigan

The first time I laid eyes on the Camden Cardigan I began envisioning the all ways that the ways I could hack it. The possibilities are endless! The facing gives you so many opportunities to add decorative elements in a user-friendly way. In this post I am going to show you how I added a zipper to create a fully functioning jacket and modify the patch pocket to give the jacket a military feel.  

Adding the zipper is so easy! The facing creates a clean look and simplifies installation. I prefer to use wash away wonder tape to hold the zipper and facing in place. You can usually find it at your local craft store. I tend to use a lot and prefer to pick mine up on Amazon HERE.

I had a bit of trouble finding a long separating zipper locally and purchased this one. It worked well, but was a bit heavier than what I was expecting. I cut the zipper down to my desired length and switched out the pull for a smaller one because it was rather large.


Watch here as I lead you through the installation of the Zipper


Applying Eyelets 

I love using metal eyelets to add a professional finish to my garments. They are inexpensive, durable, and easy to apply. I purchased the brass eyelets that I used on my Camden at my local craft store, but you can find similar sets on Amazon HERE. The sets often come with the hardware that you need to apply the eyelet. Watch here as I walk you through the steps of applying the eyelets.
Construction of the Faux Snap Pocket

I constructed the patch pocket according to the directions and then simply added a snap and folded the rounded end over. I topstitched the rounded end down and then sewed the pocket to the bodice of my jacket according to the pattern instructions. The snap kit I purchased is no longer available, but the one HERE looks identical. The snap on my pocket is decorative and the pocket opens at the top. If you prefer a larger pocket you can simply elongate the pocket length. 


  Watch here as I show you how I altered my pocket and added the snap.




I can't wait for cooler temperatures so I can wear my jacket everyday! Now off to make another! I used brushed performance for this military style jacket and love it! I have so many planned! I love that my Benette 64 airlock can keep up with me and help me  switch threads quickly for my next project. I genuinely love it!

 If you haven't purchased your Camden pattern yet you can find it HERE at only $4.49 for the first week! I'd love to see what you make, so be sure to share all of your SSE Camdens in our Facebook Group!

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