Hello there! I’ve got a couple of fun new sweaters (well, one is technically a sweatshirt) to show you today. My goal for the month of March was to work on some new pants, but as usual I got sidetracked by a shiny new pattern. When I saw the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet I felt like I had to drop everything and sew one.
Happily I was prepared because I had just ordered two lengths of cloud knits from Blackbird Fabrics (they appear to be sold out now.) I dove in with the black one and made the longer length view of the Blackwood. I decided to shorten in by about 3″ because it looked very long. I am really glad I did that because it is still very long even 3″ shorter (and I am 5’7.5″ tall.) I left off the pockets because I am TERRIBLE at sewing pockets on knits. I clearly need to practice because I keep reaching for pockets that aren’t there.
I felt a little nervous about the slim sleeves so I decided to do a full biceps adjustment. I increased the width by 1″ and I am so glad I did that. The sleeves are still rather slim on this and I’m not sure I would have been able to get my arm in without the adjustment. I also shortened the sleeves 1″. I love my sleeves to be long but I didn’t want fabric bunched up at my wrists. Again, I’m really glad I made the adjustment.
Initially I was thinking that when I make my next one I might try to increase the coverage on the front pieces. This cardigan is designed to be worn open and not to come all the way together in the front. It felt a little strange at first but now that I’ve worn it a few times I like it the way that it is. It’s great layered over dresses (I’m wearing it here with my Charleston dress) and I’ve worn it layered over this outfit, which is probably my favorite so far. I definitely see more of these in my future and I’m really excited to try out the shorter length to wear with jeans!
This past weekend, when talk of snow started happening on the weather reports, I decided that it was time to make my first Toaster Sweater. I bought both Toaster patterns in December and was super excited to sew them. Somehow I got freaked out by the necklines on both of them and put them aside for other sweaters/sweatshirts. I decided to make Toaster 1 because the neckline seemed like it would work better for me (I’m worried about getting choked by the neckline on Toaster 2 since I have such forward head/neck/shoulders and I’m not super sure how to adjust that neck.)
I lengthened the body of the pattern by 1″ and shortened the sleeves by 1.25″. I cut a size M graded to between the L and XL at the hips. The fabric I used is a fluffy french terry that I got from Indiesew and I didn’t think my serger would be up for dealing with the 5/8″ seam allowance. I decided to sew it with a 1/4″ SA, which resulted in a nice, loose, cozy sweatshirt.
The neck is a bit looser than I want, which is probably because I used smaller seam allowances on all of the raglan seams. I am curious to try this with the deeper seam allowances to see if I like it a little bit more fitted and with a neckline that isn’t quite so wide. I think on my next one I won’t add the inch to the length of the body, either. I am not sure that modification was necessary but I’m glad I took the length out of the sleeves.
I love the wide cuffs and hem on this sweatshirt. I wonder how it would look with a regular neck band or with a cowl neck instead of this mock turtleneck. I may try one of those changes next time. But for now I need to get back to my pants sewing projects so I have something to show you before the end of March.
Have a great day! Thanks for reading!