My personal style is slouchy chic. I love oversized tops, knits that feel like butta, and anything that can transition from night to day (aka, not changing out of PJs on the weekend and still looking presentable). I think the Graineline Driftless Cardigan is the epitome of slouchy chic and the perfect addition to my spring wardrobe.
Back in February, I flew out to Portland for a girls weekend. While I was there I met up with Lauren Dahl and she showed me some of the amazing fabric stores that Portland has and I took full advantage. I actually ended up having to borrow a suitcase to bring back the 23 yards (!!!) of fabric that I couldn’t live without. #sewingproblems? #hoardingproblems.
The navy knit fabric I used for this cardigan is a mystery knit that I picked up in the sale section of Mill End. I’m not sure what it is but I would guess some sort of poly blend. I only had 1.3 yards, so it was truly a geometric feat that I was able to make all the pattern pieces fit since the pattern calls for 2 yards. I did have to seam together the back hem band pattern piece but that was only because I screwed up the order in which I was cutting and accidentally gave up a valuable large scrap to the arm bands.
For this Driftless Cardigan, I cut and sewed View A in size 4, which fit my measurements exactly. I wanted to sew View B, but I couldn’t figure out how to squeak it out if my limited yardage. I didn’t make any modifications to this pattern because the length and slouch seemed perfect. I usually have to taper in the arms on long sleeve garments but these fit me perfectly. Also, I typically lengthen every pattern I sew because I want my shirts to cover my buns for when I wear leggings as pants (which is most of the time) but the length on this is spot on.
The pattern calls for hand sewing the neckband, but since hand sewing is something that I avoid like the plague or taking out the trash, I just stitched in the ditch for the neckband. However, my stitching is a little sloppy so, when I make another one, I think I’ll just serge the neckband to the cardigan with the raw edges aligned instead of trying to hide the edges. It’s bound to look more professional that way since my stitching is a hot mess.
So far this cardigan has been a Me Made May staple and is on heavy repeat in my wardrobe. I’m definitely going to be making more of these and I think my next one will be View B. That split hem is ahhh-mazing!
Cardigan: Handmade (Driftless Cardigan Sewing Pattern) // Top: Athleta (similar) // Jeans: Gap // Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Flora (Similar) // Bag: Frye