This blog has been a little neglected of late, so I'm pleased to announce that today will be the first of a series of guest posts from inspiring sewists from the sewing community. First up is the wonderful Emma who's made a Blackwood Cardigan hack that I've been contemplating since the pattern came out and it looks fantastic. Emma was gifted the fabric in return for this blog post.
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Hello everyone! I am Emma of CraftyClyde and have been every so kindly asked by Laura to showcase some of her wonderful fabrics!
I am a HUGE fan of Fabric Magie #ImAFabricMagpie and was ridiculously excited to try out this incredible Cats Eye Jersey.
The fabric is gorgeously soft and with a great stretch for tops, tees, dresses and more. It’s a great width too, 150cm means you get lots of cats to play with! It’s 95% cotton and 5% elastane which is Oeko-Tex certified. One of the greatest features of this fabric is that the cats eye glow in the dark!! I went for the ochre/mustard colour but it is also available in grey.
There was no doubt that when I saw this fabric, it was going to be a Maxi-Blackwood. Helen’s Closet has made the greatest cardigan pattern ever in the form of the Blackwood Cardigan, and although I’ve made a few I always fancied the maxi-hack shown on her blog.
The changes required to make this split-hem maxi cardigan are super easy to do. There’s also no need to include the bottom band so that’s one less thing to cut! In my version, I extended the front and back pieces, and the neckband by 23 inches (I’m 5ft 7”). With all things maximized – a very long table was required!
The main difference in construction with this version is that you need to overlock or seam finish all edges of the pattern pieces first and then sew the front and back pieces together. I went for some jazzy yellow threads in my machine for this.
Mark the split height with a pin and simply stop sewing your side seams when you get there!
Press the seam allowances open and this creates a nice neat finish for the split hem, instead of just whizzing up the edges on the over-locker all in one go like you would normally.
The neckband is folded in half – and this you can whip right onto your cardigan in a matter of minutes with the over-locker. The fabric is so mailable and machine friendly, the overlock stitches can be topstitched down on the collar very easily and gives a lovely finish.
Et voila, a maxi-cardigan! I think this is such a good piece for this transitional weather, I will definitely be wearing this out and about very soon 😊. It’s essentially a super-hero cape for adults.
Many thanks again to Fabric Magpie for letting me play with the fabrics, have a browse at what she has on offer, it won’t disappoint!
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Many thanks to Emma for today's blog post. If you'd like to read more of Emma's blog you can find her and her adorable tortoises at www.craftyclyde.com
Search Cat Eyes on the website to find this fabric for yourself or go to the Jersey/Stretch section for similar.