Monday, 16 April 2018

Two Blackwood cardigans



I don't know why it took me so long but I finally made my first Blackwood cardigan, immediately followed by the second version.

For those of you not familiar with the pattern, it's a PDF pattern, designed by Helen Wilkinson of Canadian pattern company Helen's Closet, and can be found here.


Blackwood cardigan
The Blackwood Cardigan is a cozy and versatile addition to your wardrobe. Designed with layering in mind, it has minimal excess fabric in the front and a close fit around the neck and shoulders. Its fitted shape and extra long sleeves make it perfect for wearing under jackets and vests, while also looking stylish over tank tops and dresses. View B ends at the hips, while View A extends down to the mid-thigh and includes patch pockets at hand level.  The Blackwood is intended to be worn open and is not designed to close at the front.


Actually now that I'm writing this blog post I can suddenly see why I wasn't convinced by the looks of this cardigan when it first came out. I don't like those extra long sleeves (reminds me of ill fitting RTW) and I hate pockets in knitwear. When the Blackwood first popped up on blogs and Instagram everyone seemed to be raving about the features that I knew would make me look frumpy.

After a few less than stellar results with the popular M6844 cardigan pattern (not yet blogged) I took another look at the Blackwood and decided to give it a go. Without pockets of course, and with considerably shorter sleeves.

I had an end-of-the-bolt piece of  wool knit, just enough for the shorter version (view B). It's a good thing I shortened the sleeves by 6 cm, otherwise I would have ran out of fabric.




I love how this pattern came together. The shoulder fit was so much better straight out of the envelope than I ever achieved with the McCall's pattern, despite making several adjustments. I like the overall length of the cardigan and the cuffs are a nice way to finish the sleeves.




The only thing I will change when I make this view again is the width of the hem band. I'm just not fond of that horizontal line across the high hip, which unfortunately highlights my widest part.  I'll make the hem band the same width as the front band and add extra length to the bodice to compensate.

While the pattern was still on my sewing table I decided to have a go at view A as well.




This time the fabric was a rather lightweight wool/rayon knit. I kept the hem band at the original width, thinking the hang would benefit from the extra weight. In fact I do like the wide band on the longer version.




Now that's my kind of outfit! Ames jeans, Concord Tee and a colourful cardigan.

I equally love both lengths of this pattern but I prefer the look of a plain cardigan/print tee over the print cardigan/plain tee. It took me a while to find my perfect cardigan pattern but nothing will keep me from sewing a rainbow of Blackwoods now!


11 comments:

  1. I love both versions. Like you, I don't like pockets. In general I also find plain jackets/cardigans easier to use than patterned. I think the patterned version looks dressier - whether that's the pattern or the length, I'm not sure.
    As I'm tall, I didn't shorten the sleeves but actually could by a little. I usually have to lengthen sleeves by quite a bit. I haven't made a longer one yet but it's on the cards. No pockets! Plain or patterned?

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    1. I like that they look so different! This makes me feel like I can make a few more without boring myself. Thinking of a 3/4 sleeve summer version next. I think you'll love the longer one too!

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  2. Lovely cardis! I've seen the pattern before and wondered about it, but the arms look really skinny on it and am worried about having to do a lot of adjustment.

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    1. I don't think the sleeves are particularly skinny. Maybe it's an optical illusion because they are so long? Anyway, I just checked and a full bicep adjustment is covered in the Blackwood sewalong over at the Helen's Closet website. Looks like a rather simple adjustment!

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  3. Those are two beautiful cardigans

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    1. Thanks, Lori! It was a nice surprise to see how much I like this pattern!

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  4. As you know, this pattern is a favourite of mine too. I like both of your cardigans and they look so nice on you. I am thinking I might need a red one now.

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    1. Of course you do! We need them in all our favourite colours :)

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  5. These both look great, why not have a whole rainbow of them!? I guess you can also make this in a lighter weight as a summer layer.

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    1. Thanks, Allison. O yes, I will! Always on the lookout for Blackwood fabrics now!

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  6. Love both of your Blackwood cardigans. This pattern is on my wishlist.

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