I have been planning a few basics lately that will serve me well both pregnant and afterwards with no alterations. One of the patterns which caught my eye was the Seamwork Oslo, my first make from my make 9 list! I really wanted to make a cosy version to layer up in and bought some jersey from Sew Over It with my birthday money, but then I panicked a little. The fabric was more expensive than I choose to spend, and I wanted it to be right, so I decided to make a trial run with something a little less precious.
I chose this Navy and White striped jacquard from Minerva crafts to make a lighter and less expensive wearable toile. The fabric is definitely not as weighty as my Sew Over It jersey, but at least I could give the pattern and the fit a test run without loosing too much sleep over it. This is the result.
Open, it feels a little bit too big everywhere. I made a Small based on my measurements, and wanting to have space to grow, but I think I would be better off with the XS. Even with the cuffs rolled back the sleeves are pretty long, though that does make it cosy for pulling over my hands! It is a bit of a departure from my usual style so it is taking a bit of getting used to. Most of my other cardigans are a bit more fitted, especially in the sleeves, so I think that I could make a few changes, slimming down the sleeves would make it work even better for me.
I’m pretty pleased with my stripe matching, both at the side seams and at the collar. Lots of pins are your friend when trying to get long sections of stripes to stay in place!
I decided not to add the buttons because this knit is a bit too light to support them, but I did add a little hook and eye just under the bust line to give it a bit more shape, and I like it much better like that. I have also been wearing it with a little broach to close it too.
It also works really well with a belt for when I want it to stay properly closed and keep me cosy, so I think I will be wearing it like that a lot while the weather is cold!
I’m still undecided whether to use this pattern to make my cardigan from my Sew Over It fabric. I have another cardigan pattern to test from Wendy Wards new book “A beginners guide to sewing with knitted fabrics” so I might see if that pattern suits what I am looking for better before deciding. Meanwhile, I am sat in this Oslo cardigan feeling warm and cosy, so it can’t be too bad!
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