It seems as though, no matter how hard I try, I always end up squeaking in a sewing project that was not in my monthly plan. In fact, I remember browsing through Instagram, and seeing that Hana from Velvet Ribbon was taking part in the Cosy Cardi Challenge. I remember wishing I could participate, but due to a full month, decided against it.
Well, a little after I got back from my brother's wedding, I knew I wanted to sew a cardigan for the challenge. And after seeing Hana's lovely cardigan, my mind was made up! I chose the Oslo by Seamwork patterns because it was a simple garment, AND it was sewn by the Stitch Sisters on Youtube, two of the sponsors for the challenge. I knew I could get it done in time, and have a good chance of it fitting me really well since I have sewn their pattern before.
And VOILA, here it is:
I decided on a size S with no grading this time. There was ample ease, so sizing up was not necessary. My fabric is a sweater knit with a faint chevron pattern. It is beefy and warm, yet full of stretch (which was a slight issue while sewing). It was a Fabricmart Fabrics buy from over a year ago.
I don't ever really mention facts about PDF patterns, but this one was only 46 pages. It covers sizes XS-3XL, and goes together easily. As far as pattern pieces go, there is a front (2), back (1), sleeves (2), collar (2), and cuffs (2). My approximate sewing time for this was two hours. I broke that up into two nights, as I usually try to sew daily, even if it is in a small amount of time. It was a gratifying sew indeed!
The construction was very easy to follow. I mostly sewed this on my own, and only glancing at the instructions a time or two to verify that I was on the right track. This is a wonderful project for all sewing levels, since you are creating such a nice piece that will adapt to your wardrobe well.
I will say that I wasn't too careful about matching up the chevron print, but it still came out great!
I basted my seams, then serged them. I also used a stabilizer at the shoulders. This fabric was pretty stretchy and LOVED to grow on me! That can be one of the downsides of working with a knit, but I just took a little more (1/2") out of each shoulder seam to compensate. Next time I may staystitch? Would that even help? I'll have to reference my fabric resource guide and see what they recommend.
I do think lots of knit fabrics would work well with this pattern, but I do love the appeal of a sweater knit. I would definitely make MORE!!
|Serging is not necessary, but I love the clean finish!|
|Yes to cuffs!!!!!|
Overall, Seamworks patterns has another winner in my book!