I hope you’re doing well and are enjoying the beginning of autumn so far. It’s getting colder in my part of the world so I thought it would be fitting to open my autumn sewing season with the Oslo cardigan.
Like I said in my planning post, I wanted a cardigan that would be warm, cozy and non-black. I’m glad to say that all these things have been achieved. Still, I’m not one hundred percent happy with the project. (By the way, it only looks like the sides aren’t level and I didn’t iron the hell out of that thing. They are and I did – I fully blame it on my poor fabric choice.)
For this Cardigan I used the Oslo pattern by Seamwork, Colettes‘ monthly magazine. The pattern was simple to assemble cut and sew but I have one major complaint that keeps bugging me. The pattern has you attach the collar piece to the already hemmed shell of the cardigan by just stitching the doubled collar down at the cardigan-front and neckline right sides together. I get it – this is a super fast way of doing things and Seamwork promises patterns that can be executed in 3 hours or less. But it just leaves a very untidy open edge at the hemline. I probably should have taken the time to only attach the front edge of the collar and then slipstitch the backside of the collar to the shell by hand. And I will probably do so in possible future makes.
I also didn’t really care for the optional button closure because I can’t think of a way that would make this button band not look vaguely grandpa-style (on me). So I decided to not add a closure and it has been fine so far. It might look fine with a single row button band but I wasn’t totally sold on that idea so I left it as is.
Over all I do like the pattern. It is long enough for my long torso and even the sleeves only needed a little bit of lengthening. I have seen a few people kind of drown in their makes of the Oslo cardigan so being between sizes I decided to go down a size (L). This was definitely the right decision. The shoulders are still a bit wide but nothing to dramatic. I really enjoy the scarf-like feel of the collar piece and the overall relaxed fit of the cardigan. So much so that I might make another version – with better fabric.
Sadly fabric I choose was a bit of a disappointment. It just clings to everything. you can see every damn seam line of the garment below and thats really not what you want in a cardigan. I still enjoy the color very much but I think I’ll have to wear it over long sleeved tops and dresses. Not much of a problem in winter but still – I’ll be on the lookout for fabric that is better suited and make up a second version. Let’s call this one a wearable muslin for now.
How has you autumn sewing been going? Do you have any tips for the collar issue? I’m unsure about slipstitching knits, maybe topstitching is the way to go?