Summer of Basics – Blackwood Cardi v2

I love my first version of my blackwood cardigan so much that I definitely need a second version. This pattern is by Helen’s closet and it is the perfect combination of cosy and stylish. I highly recommend this pattern if you haven’t tried it yet! This time around I wanted to use a more versatile color. I chose this charcoal gray  fabric from Harts. Although I love the look of this fabric it is a bit itchy for me. I think it will be much better in the cooler months when I’m layering over long sleeved shirts but I think next time I’ll definitely go for a non-polyester fabric for my cosy sweaters. Lesson learned.

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This sewed together fairly quickly, especially since I already had made one version. One thing I did this time around to reduce the amount of stretching around the pockets is I used wonder tape to attach them and hold them in place to sew them. This also acts as a stabilizer, and reduces the waviness of the fabric around the pockets.

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I’m wearing this cardigan with the other two basics I made for the summer of basics challenge – my newest Ginger Jeans and my Rumi tank. I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of all three of these items. Also – these are all patterns that I can make multiple times and really get to fit the way I want. This is my third version of the Ginger Jeans, and I have a fourth planned! This is also my second Blackwood Cardigan and I love both versions so much I could definitely see myself making another one. Although this is my first Rumi Tank I’ve been in need of a basic tank top that actually fits pretty much my whole life. Once I get the fit down on this I’m probably going to make like 20 of them so I never ever have to wear a tank top that doesn’t fit.

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