Kathrine's favourite wardrobe staple...

The Blackwood Cardigan pattern from Helen’s closet is one of my favourite sewing patterns. I’ve made several in different colours and prints, I don’t think you can have too many as they are a real wardrobe staple. In my previous versions I’ve stuck very much to the pattern for the longer length cardigan with patch pockets, apart from a cropped one I made from a small remnant of quilted jersey. That one has more of a Chanel jacket feel about it. Depending on the fabric the cardigan can have a casual or a smarter more blazer look to it. I love the versatility of the pattern.

For my latest sewing project I fancied a looser slouchier feel in a warm sweatshirt type jersey. Originally I had my eye on an indigo French Terry but when it was out of stock Samantha suggested this lovely mint green, flecked with lilac. It’s tricky to see the true colours in a photo but it’s very pretty. The fabric is beautifully soft but stable enough to hold it’s shape.

In order to create the looser look I wanted I decided to cut out the D cup pattern instead of the B cup I’d used previously. I also increased the front band by a third to make it cosier and cut large sloping pockets which go into the side and front seams. Nice big pockets for cold hands!

I started sewing this lovely warm fabric on the 29th July when the temperature outside was 29 degrees-perfect!

As usual the pattern came together very quickly without any issues and the fabric was easy to sew. I used my overlocker for the main seams and then my regular machine for the rest. I never use the cuff bands, so I do add a little extra length to the sleeves and just turn a small hem as it’s less bulky under jackets and coats and easier to push the sleeves up if I want to.

I top stitched the seams around the front band and hem band to give a neat finish and it helps to keep the bands in place. I love my bigger pockets; this will be something I repeat on future versions. I’m pleased I only increased the front band by a third as it’s just enough to make the collar at the back of my neck really cosy, I think double would be too much.

I finished my cardigan in a couple of hours on the same day but due to the heatwave it’s been worn ever since by Madeline, my mannequin (or body double as my OH has named her).


This weekend I finally managed to get some photos whilst wearing it. It is a great cosy layer for evenings at my caravan when the east wind picks up. Please bear in mind these photos were taken at the end of a beach day, so I look a little windswept!

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