When Bad Fabric Happens to Good Garments
Today I've got two new makes to share with you! They're work-appropriate (yay!), look good paired together, and will seamlessly (pun-intended) blend into my wardrobe.
Let me start with the Blackwood Cardigan as it's a new to me and new to the blog pattern! The Blackwood is designed by Helen's Closet. This was my first Helen's Closet pattern and I was very happy with its fit, instructions, and extra tutorials/sewalong posts. Perhaps I'll indulge myself with the Suki Kimono when I want to get into sewing loungewear... but that's for another day.
Anyways, I wanted to create a cardigan to submit into the #cosycardichallenge on Instagram last month and knew the Blackwood would be it. The idea was cemented after I saw Helen's tutorial for a split hem cardigan. It's such a trendy pattern variation!
I followed the tutorial to hack the pattern up, but before that, I did a quick little FBA with this easy tutorial. Previously, with knit patterns, I would grade from a larger sized bust to a smaller sized waist and hip but I think I will use this method going forward.
I used a very cheap rib sweater knit from Fabricland to make up this version. It was only $3 a meter! Looking back, I may know why it was $3 a meter because it tends to bunch up and stick to itself... which is a little problematic for this style of cardigan. You can see it in the photos, a bit, too... but it's not too bad for a cardigan made under $10.
This sewed up super quickly and I was able to get it done in time for the end of the month. I did, however, omit the cuffs for this version because the sleeves are long enough. I also thought cuffs wouldn't work with this finicky fabric either.
I am overall satisfied with this cardigan despite the fabric issues and definitely see more Blackwoods in my future. I think the next one will be a View A with cuffs but maybe with slightly shorter sleeves.
For this Sudley, I made a straight-out-of-the-envelope version 1 with above elbow sleeves and a peter pan collar. I omitted the ties, though, for ease of sewing (no turning straps!) and because I think they detract from the collar.
The great thing about the Sudley is that it's reversible. You can wear the keyhole in the front and the back. I am really digging wearing it in the front when I want to feel more *stylish* but I do love how classic the shirt looks with the keyhole in the back.
For this make, I used a modal/polyester blend. When I first saw it at the fabric store, it was love at first touch. Seriously, this was so soft! When I first washed it, too, it washed wonderfully. However, it tends to wrinkle like crazy now!
The collar is particularly problematic... I think because of my interfacing. I need to spend a good 10-15 minutes ironing the collar after each wash to get it looking somewhat decent and for someone who hates ironing and pressing, that's torture!
Here, I only spent about 5 minutes on it, and, as you can tell, it's not that great! It's worth slaving away at the iron, though, when I really want to wear it. Is it bad I get lazy when taking blog photos?! It's also super hard to get good photos indoors for me, too, so I really need to rethink my strategy this winter.
Do you get disappointed by fabrics once you've made your makes? It seems like this phenomenon has plagued both of these otherwise great garments! Let me know in the comments below!