SewMyStyle 2019: Cardigan Inspo, Hacks, and Fabrics


For every article of clothing I make, I like to see other sewists’ versions of the same pattern. Since I will be making the Blackwood cardigan this month (and hopefully the Como!), I decided to look up the hashtag on the gram. As of last week, there were 3,752 posts on Instagram for the Blackwood Cardigan alone!
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I pinned a few of my favorite handmade Blackwood cardigan versions, along with a few similar ready-to-wear pieces, and am sharing a few more tutorials and hacks here today to hopefully inspire you throughout the month! If you’re making the Como cardigan, we also have a Pinterest board for you to get inspired! Make sure you’re following Petite Font for more inspiration and tips on the Como soon!

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If you’re making the Blackwood cardigan, Helen’s Closet has a sewalong on her blog. She covers everything from how to make adjustments (like a bust adjustment), cutting your fabric, and sewing your front band, to adding thumbholes to your cuffs and splitting the hem.

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Suzanna, of Sea Salt and Stitches, made a vlog post roundup of her Blackwood cardigans. She also has a Blackwood sewalong on her vlog channel if you prefer a video tutorial. She made her Blackwood during nap time, so it’s a relatively quick sew!

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Additionally, Christine, of Unlikely Nest, shares her tips to achieve a clean finish for the band seams on her blog. It’s a great alternative to using a serger or coverstitch. She made two different versions, and they look great!

FullSizeRender-768x1023Kendra, of Mieko Made, made her Blackwood cardigan with faux leather sleeves as an alternative to the year of ruffle sleeves.

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Fiona, of Diary of a Chainstitcher, made a duster version and two other shorter versions! You can read more about her three Blackwood cardigans and fabric choices on her blog.

If you are ready to get started, but aren’t sure which knit will help you achieve your desired look, Helen’s Closet has got you covered! She has a roundup of fabrics and examples of the finished garments side by side for comparison.

If you’re searching for fabric options currently available for your Blackwood (or Como), Measure Fabric has this lovely striped brushed terry knit and this open weave knit in stock.

Style Maker Fabrics currently has this trendy coral rayon jersey knit in stock! They also have this cozy boucle knitthis metallic double knit, and this classic wide rib sweater knit.

Imagine Gnats has this wool ribbed knit along with various other lovely bamboo ribbed knits in her shop.

Fabric.com (affiliate links) has this mustard waffle knit and this floral hacci sweater knit that are both available in various other colors and prints. If you’re looking for a cozy knits, this classic cable knit comes in three colors, and this Telio hemp fleece is so soft!

Lastly, Blackbird Fabrics has this lightweight tencel jersey and cozy bambo jersey knit in stock. Both are great options for light layers and lounging!
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What plans do you have for cardigan month? I’m keeping with my vintage spring sewing plans and will be using this vintage Butterick pattern for inspiration. Stay tuned for a pattern hack from me later this month.

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