Monday, February 27, 2017

Testing, testing: Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet


This is the latest pattern from Helen's Closet, the Blackwood Cardigan. I was a tester for this new pattern, which is definitely a fabulous wardrobe staple!



"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."

I sewed up View B, the hip length cardigan, in size XL. I trimmed 2.5" off the sleeve length before attaching the cuffs, but Helen has shortened the sleeves slightly since testing. They're meant to be long, though, with a little bit of purposeful bunching at the wrist. 


My fabric is this lightweight wool jersey from Imagine Gnats in terra cotta, which is lovely to sew and makes for a warm but lightweight layering piece.


I think I could probably use a small FBA to eliminate the drag lines in the front, but for this non-buttoning cardigan that's meant to hang open, I'm not too worried about it.


I could see the Blackwood cardigan working with all sorts of outfits. Here I've paired it with my Cashmerette Springfield Top and Style Arc Margaret Pants to highlight the lovely rusty orange color of the wool jersey.


I highly recommend Helen's patterns. Have a look at her Winslow Culottes, too, if you haven't already. I love mine. Her instructions are thorough, with lots of lovely illustrations to walk you though things. I also love that her pattern cover drawings include images of the pattern on a curvy lady!

Go check out the Blackwood Cardigan; it's 20% off during the launch week! 

10 comments:

  1. Love the color, and that shoulder fit is perfect. I am wondering whether you could wear a long-sleeved tee underneath, or are the sleeves too slim? (I guess you probably wouldn't do that in Bangkok but it was cold here today!) I love the look of the pattern!

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    1. Thanks, Masha! I think I could fit a thin long sleeve tee in there, but honestly I haven't tried yet!

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  2. I love your blog because once again you introduce me to a pattern I wouldn't have looked at but now I want to make it. i would love to know how you choose fabric when you order on line. I'm always worried about the feel, the drap... Also, I would love to know how you take your pictures. Do you use a remote control, do set the timer and run in front of the camera? Anyway, thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! I agree that online fabric shopping can be dicey. I've had better luck sticking with smaller shops that reliably have good quality fabric and thorough descriptions of the fabric (Imagine Gnats, Style Maker Fabrics and the like).

      For my photos I use a tripod with the timer, running back and forth. It's not ideal, but gets the job done! I put a post-it note on the wall so the camera knows what to focus on.

      ;-)

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  3. Lovely on you, and amazing colour!

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  4. Loving yours too, Meg!!! This colour tho!! Swoon!

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  5. Beautiful colour on you Meg. Looks like a very handy cardi to have in the wardrobe.

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  6. This color is so fresh! I've got cardigans on the brain too. I need to get pictures of the reverse applique drop pocket cardi and I'm finishing a J Crew knockoff made with Itch to Stitch's Lisbon. The style lines of the Lisbon are really similar to this, but it has button closures. Do you like the open feel vs buttons?

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  7. Lovely! That colour is also great on you, really cheerful and fun!

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  8. I love your version Meg! That colour has me swooning!

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