Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Helen's Closet Blackwood Cardigan #1

Fair warning, we've thick in the midst of my sewing when I was without my sewing machine (just got it back last night, yay!) so the next several garments are pretty boring and repetitive since I could only sew knits on my serger/coverstitch.

As I believe I've stated before I like to try new patterns with fabric that is less precious to me. I bought some amazing leopard print sweater knit from Emma One Sock that I wanted to sew into a Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet. To iron out any issues I had with the pattern I started with the leftover luxury sweatshirt fleece that I used for my toaster sweatshirt. I believe I bought 2 yards originally and was just able to eek out the shorter version of the Blackwood with my leftovers.

Helen's Closet Blackwood Cardigan

I made the size S. I left off the pockets because I had no way of sewing them on without a regular sewing machine. I shortened the sleeves and left off the sleeve cuffs. This was kind of accidental, as I shortened the sleeves first to fit my arm length while forgetting that you also add a cuff which would have made the sleeves too long. I was too lazy to trace and shorten the sleeves again so I just omitted the cuffs and did a coverstitch sleeve hem. I also did not coverstitch the neckband out of laziness. Or maybe I did, I can't remember.

Helen's Closet Blackwood Cardigan

The sweatshirt fleece is very soft and warm and makes a cozy cardigan. The only fit issue I had was that the upper back feels tight when I wear a long sleeve shirt underneath. For my second iteration of the pattern I made some additional changes to that area but I will talk about that next time. I mostly see myself wearing this at home, but it's a nice basic to have in my wardrobe.

Cost Breakdown

  • Time Spent: ~3 hours (prepping PDF/cutting/sewing)
  • Fabric: $14.07
  • Pattern: $7 (used twice, purchased PDF at $14)
  • Notions: ~$.50

Approximate total: $21.57

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