I am sort of getting down to the wire with this pregnancy! I am 34 weeks along, so theoretically I’ve got 6 weeks to go. I am down to only about 4 or 5 shirts that I wear in constant rotation. Two of them are my maternity Sutton blouse and my maternity Extraordinary Girl top. I wish I would have made a few more of the Extraordinary Girl top but at this point I’ll just wear my current one whenever it’s clean. I have been doing a lot of sewing for other people the last few weeks, and after making 4 Popover Ponchos (coming to the blog soon!) I decided that I wanted to make something for myself. I decided on the Seamwork Oslo Cardigan, because I thought I’d get some use out of it now and then it would be perfect for lounging with a new baby.
I’d seen a couple of versions on Instagram but hadn’t heard a whole lot about how this pattern fits. I decided to make a size medium based on my current bust and hip measurement. Obviously it wasn’t going to fit my current waist (which I have no interest in measuring!) but I knew I’d be wearing it open so it wouldn’t matter. I used jersey for my cardigan, since I had no luck finding a sweater knit I liked. It seems like all of the sweater knits I found online have some percentage of polyester, which I don’t love. I got this April Rhodes jersey on sale after Christmas and thought it would make a really cute cardigan.
I cut a straight medium and did my best to get the prints lined up at the side seam and the collar seam. Of course, I didn’t realize that the body of the cardigan is hemmed at 1 inch and the collar has a 3/8″ hem. I should have been smart enough to do my print matching at the notches instead of at the hem. My collar band doesn’t match up at all, but at least it matches with itself across the front. (This is why it’s a good idea to read the instructions before you cut and sew! Lesson learned!)
I’ll have to see how it fits when I’m closer to my normal size again. There is an option to add buttons to close it toward the bottom, which I might try if I make this again. This was a really quick sew that I did entirely on my serger. I switched over to the coverstitch function to do the hem and to do a double row of stitching all the way around the collar seam. I had to use my twin needle on my regular machine to topstitch the cuffs. My coverstitch wasn’t interested in doing that part for some reason. I gave up after about 3 tries because I didn’t want to rip a hole in the fabric.
When I first finished sewing this cardigan I wasn’t sold on it at all. I felt like I’d wasted my precious Art Gallery knit fabric on something that ended up looking like the Dude’s bathrobe. (Ok, while searching for a picture of the Dude’s bathrobe, I discovered that the Dude’s sweater is Pendelton. Man, he has good/expensive taste!) I posted a picture of myself in it on Instagram and got the wonderful advice to try belting it above my belly. I think it looks a lot better that way! This fabric is so soft and cozy and the cardigan is really comfortable. I know I will wear it a lot, even if it’s only worn around the house. (I know a non-sewist probably wouldn’t notice the pattern matching fail, but it’s all I see when I look at this cardigan.) I have plans to make a pair of navy Hudson pants to go with it for the ultimate lounging outfit/secret pajamas.
Has anyone else made anything from Seamwork magazine? I am going to try the leggings from this month’s issue at some point. I think they’re really cute!