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Oslo cardigan forever!

I confess I made this version of the Oslo cardigan at the beginning of September – in fact I made two almost identical but can only show you the cardigan I kept.

oslo cardigan

This is the purple sweater knit from Truro Fabrics (sorry cannot find it on their website) made into the Oslo cardigan available in Seamwork, Colette Patterns’ online magazine.  I have made this before out of a red cotton mix sweater knit and it has been a summer stalwart.  In fact I wore it when I was in Cornwall and my Mum liked the style so much that the purchase of purple sweater knit in Truro was already earmarked for two Oslo cardigans.  I bought three metres- it was like carrying a couple of pillows around with me in shopping bags!

This picture so cracks me up

This picture so cracks me up

My Mum knew this would be a birthday present for her and requested shorter sleeves, as that’s her style.  So I made one with the regular long sleeves (& yummy long cuffs- the sleeves cover up wrists so well when it’s cold) – & the other I made with slightly shorter 3/4 sleeves and drafted a different cuff arrangement – it was wider (as the sleeve would be when it is shorter) & not as deep.  I am really sorry I didn’t take any pics, but you can probably imagine it?

This is the technical drawing.  I have not added fastenings to either of my Oslo cardigans so they just hang open unless I clutch them around me, as demonstrated above  🙂

Oslo cardigan

I made them both at the same time, sewing all of it on my overlocker.

oslo cardigan I think it’s the colour as much as the style that makes this such a useful cardigan.

oslo cardigan

For the making notes, have a look at my previous Oslo cardigan as nothing much changed (except my overlocker blade – a huge difference in sewing those triple thickness seams at the join of collar to cardigan!).  I also used wondertape again to set the hem before I sewed it.

The other benefit from these cardigans?  I had enough left over to make an Astoria sweater- but haven’t worn it yet.  I will update you after the opportunity for some trials!  I do find that there are some really good wardrobe builders in the Seamwork package, and did you know the subscription operates differently now?  You collect pattern credits & can choose which patterns to use them on.  I haven’t tried it out for myself yet, so can’t tell you any more than that, but it seems more of a flexible system?  oh to have the hours in the day to sew everything you fancy …

Wearing notes: With my Oslo cardigan, my Itch to Stitch Carey top and my embroidered  Ginger jeans.

Lady skater bandwagon

I fell for it. I caved. It was too much for me seeing the many delightful versions of the lady skater dress by Kitschy Koo. Flirty skirt? Check. Figure flattering bodice? Check. Long sleeves and winter ready? Check. Specially designed for knits? I’m there!

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I’d bought it before Christmas thinking that it was about time I made a casual comfy cosy winter dress. During January I’d found the perfect fabric- some sweater knit ( same collection as my avocado sweater knit hoodie). It’s another John Louden design from my local fabric shop. But this is the most wonderful vivid jewel coloured gorgeousness. Loud?  To some (eg My Mum who likes muted colours & would blanche at the thought of all of these primaries 😉 ) Sky blue turquoise background with paintbox flowers. Sweater knit. 20% off. Understandable purchase ?  I think so!  I bought 1.5m and had enough to make the long sleeved version in a size 3 (I think…)

lady skater dress

I made it up over a weekend with lots of other things going on.  Not concerted sewing.  I reckon it’s the kind of dress you could make up in a couple of hours.  Everyone has said it’s a well designed pattern and has wonderful instructions with neat tips for sewing knits if you are less familiar. But I wasn’t aware that the pattern when downloaded used rainbow colours to differentiate the different sizes. Wheee!! Rainbows to make it easier and more joyous to the eye when doing the bit that has to be the most boring. I’m not the only one that wants to whizz through the taping and cutting am I?  And I’ve just downloaded a Maria Denmark pattern (the Oversized Olivia Tee) & see that she has introduced rainbows too!! Yippee.  Like.  A lot.

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So I loved making this dress and the bodice and skirt fit perfectly. (The wrinkles above are just twisty-body wrinkles).  No issues.  It’s got different sleeve lengths which are finished with cuffs.  Having made the long sleeved version I think the sleeves are just the right length & snugness for winter & to also wear under a cardigan.  It can be irritating when sleeves are not long enough or there is too much bulk to slip under a cardigan effortlessly, but the Skater dress passes this practicality test in my view.

lady skater

The use of elastic at the waist is brilliant and something I’ve never had to do before, having only ever made knit dresses that have one piece fronts and backs, (OK, this is a bit of a generalisation based on my Audrey dress which is always close to mind when I think gorgeous knit dresses, I might have made a few others eg cowl neck dress which has a waist – no elastic as does my depressed 70s vintage dress .)

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OK where was I?  the elastic provides some support and shape maintenance for this dress which has a separate bodice from skirt & a defined waist.  Now it would be awful if over the course of wearing this dress the waist got saggy, wouldn’t it?  It’s certainly a technique I’d use again.

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I don’t know what else I can say about it except that I’m totally enjoying wearing it too. With woolly tights and a cardi. With my polar fleece leggings for après ski on holiday. I’ve worn it to work too and got so many compliments for wearing something so colourful !!

skater dress

This dress, folks, is the stylish way to chill out.  It’s the casual way to be stylish.  It could take you from the sofa to the cinema….a perfect travel dress too.

So all in all I reckon I’ll be making more of these:-)

And a bit of backstory about these photos.  Two things have changed since taking them.  My hair, of course.  The bouffant that needs restraint (which by the way I am suppressing with ease ) plus the fence & clematis.  It has been blown out by the strong winds we’ve suffered recently.  If I manage a photo session before the panel gets replaced I’ll give you a sneaky peek in the neighbours’ garden, would that be fun?!?

Avocado hoodie the third. This one’s for snuggling

So I couldn’t wear hand-made on the slopes, but I surely could hanging around the chalet.  I made my third Avocado Hoodie with apres ski in mind.  I felt a cosy snuggly (but stylish) sweater would go perfectly with my Jamie Jeans.  I’d bought some awesome sweater knit in the January sales at my local fabric store (no online fabric outlet, otherwise I’d post the link).  It’s a John Louden design & I fell for it (but resisted admirably) when I was purchasing fabric to make Christmas presents for my boys (shirts as yet measured for but not cut out!  Gee I am so slack).  So at the time of the January sales I just could not resist & was drawn to this fabric (& another which will be revealed shortly) like a moth to a flame.  Or a badger to a slug?

avocado hoodie 1

So it’s a sweater knit, not overly weighty, but has these brightly coloured flowers sprinkled over it like hundreds & thousands.  It was time to become a hoodie.  I have noted my adventures with the avocado hoodie here (my first “Tron” hoodie) and here (hoodie with a centre lace zip).  Both were for wearing running, this one was most definitely not.

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A casual hoodie.  A weekend & holiday hoodie.

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And that’s what’s so great about this pattern.  It is so versatile.  I’ve now got two colour blocked versions and this one using a single fabric.  I’ve used bamboo jersey, supplex & now sweater knit.  I would still love to make a fleecy chunky one !

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I’ve said before that as with all of Mari’s patterns, it’s design is superb & quirky – shown in my colour blocked versions, but masked in this busier fabric.  It’s a great fit & a reasonably straightforward make.  The most tricky step is the tab pockets, but hey, Mari is hosting a sewalong for the Avocado hoodie – even more resources available to you if you need it.

avocado hoodie

Design options I chose for this version?  The overlapping neck, the extra long cuffs with thumb holes but no back pockets (there is an option to add a “partner pocket” for your beau to keep their hand warm as you walk arm in arm).

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Lovely long sleeves for cosy times!

What more can I say?  Oh yes.  I’ve had my hair chopped & apparently “I can experiment”.  Today’s look is the “wavy Audrey” look (as in Audrey Tatou, but with silver badger bits).  It really is not hair for being blown around outside with…..think 1980s great aunt.  Talk about embarrassing.  Bouffant of the most unflattering proportions.  I shall be making hats. 🙂 !

And finally…please could you give me some feedback on the Bloglovin issue – if you were having it – is it any better now that I have changed my blog template?  (Fingers, legs & eyes crossed you say “yes”!)