The Not-for-me Boucle Cardigan – sewing the Seamwork Oslo

This Seamwork Oslo cardigan is modelled by me, but the instant I finished it and tried it on I knew I wasn’t going to keep it. It’s just too… big!

Seamwork Oslo Cardigan

It’s one of my Minerva Makes using fabric gifted in return for a review with photos. You can find a full detailed write-up over with more pictures on their site here:

The fabric is gorgeous if a little challenging to work with at times, so I totally recommend checking it out if you’re after a thicker sweater knit and don’t mind dealing with ravelley knits. The pattern is the basic Seamwork Oslo cardigan made without closures and with self-drafted pockets inserted between the side seam and neck band. (I use the term self-drafted pretty loosely here. It’s basically just tracing off a section of the front again and chopping it down to size)

I made a size medium which my measurements definitely put me into, but I think it’s designed as an oversized silhouette. I know a lot of people love that more unstructured, boxy look but it’s not for me. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ever going to find a cardigan as good on me as my beloved Jalie Drop Pocket Cardigan, so maybe I should stop looking and just make more of those!

On the plus side, this cardigan found a new home with my sister who I think is wearing it (I don’t really know as we hardly see each other these days. Thanks, Covid). I’ve also got the fabric for another one for my Mum which I’ll be cutting out soon (first one blogged here), so the time spent tracing the pattern out definitely wasn’t wasted. It’s a fun make even when I don’t get the wear the results. Turns out I enjoy the challenges of sewing with sweater knits. Who knew?!

The above picture was me trying to express the challenges of modelling a thick wool-blend cardigan during a heatwave. Phew!

On the sewing table

Right now I’m working on a Megan Nielsen Rowan using the turtleneck neckline and the tee body. I’m using an old maternity dress to make it so it has to be shortsleeved–that was all I could fit on my limited fabric. I definitely need more tops for all seasons, so I’m hoping this can be used for quite a bit of the year with the option of a thermal top underneath.

And I realise I completely missed blogging Lauren’s dungarees on Tuesday so I’ll have to work on that for next week instead. They’re worth waiting for, honest!

Hope you are all keeping safe and healthy,

Anna x

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