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The Blackwood Cardigan

Hi guys,

Soraya again on the blog today with my 4th Minerva make. This time I actually made something other than a dress! What a shock!

Don’t get me wrong I was planning a dress, but when I actually got the fabric in my hands it just spoke to me and it had OTHER plans ha-ha.

It was screaming that it NEEDED to become a cosy cardigan, so I decided to make the Blackwood Cardigan, by Helen’s Closet.

The Blackwood is a great beginner friendly project, especially if you’re not too sure about sewing with knit fabrics.

My favourite thing about it is it's constructed in such a way that there is no hemming which is fantastic! Yay! Because hemming knits can be a disaster. 

You have two length options to choose from and an option for patch pockets.

This will be great for a layering piece over tops and of course DRESSES in Autumn/Winter, which we are now approaching down here in Australia.

Helen’s Closet is an indie pattern company run by Helen Wilkinson out of Vancouver Canada.

She has a few funky wardrobe staples and is increasing her size range to include 0-30.I chose to make the longest version with the patch pockets.

The pattern can be found at her website here.

The Fabric I chose was this lightweight knit Jersey Fabric.

It has a black base with ditzy white floral pattern throughout.

It is extremely soft and has an almost fleecy feel to its surface. It also has a lovely amount of flow and drape.

Due to these qualities it just had to become a cosy comfortable cardi.

It was a relatively quick and easy make. I cut and sewed it all in one afternoon. And I think the end result turned out great! It is super comfortable and chic.

The only really tricky part is positioning the patch pockets. The trick I used was; I stuck them down with quilters tape before sewing!

This helped to keep them in place while also helping to reinforce and stabilise the seam during the sewing process. The first time you wash your garment, the tape will wash away. This will leave the perfect patch pockets behind. This would be great for attaching any type of pocket, you should give it a try.

The cardigan also has little cuffs.

They are cleverly constructed by folding the fabric in half sideways and then again lengthways. This creates a perfect cuff with no raw edges showing and you don’t have to do any hemming. I think they look great. 

A fantastic feature of this fabric is, because of the ditzy floral print, you can’t really see any visible stitching. That is a massive plus in my books.

I styled my cardigan with jeans, flats and a me made blouse.The blouse is a hack of the Deer and Doe Magnolia pattern.

Here is a closer look at the top.

All in all I am super happy with this make.

Totally cute, totally comfy and I feel great in it :)

Thanks guys

Feel free to follow along with my sewing adventures on Instagram @sewnbysoraya

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