I finished this cardigan at the end of January and have been wearing it basically wearing it every. single. day. Anyone who sees me regularly is probably wondering if I’ve thrown away all my other clothes because this is all I wear. I’ve worn it all over Pittsburgh, to SF, Disneyland, Michigan, Phoenix, and DC in the few months I’ve had it. I love it so much!
This is, of course, the Grainline Studio Driftless Cardigan. I made View B, which has the split hem and is longer in the back.
I had made a huge list of patterns to get during the Grainline Studio Thanksgiving sale. This cardigan was definitely NOT on the list. While I had seen many cute versions of this cardigan, I wasn’t sure if I wanted an oversized cardigan, which is completely unlike the rest of my cardigans, which are all a bit more fitted (aka perfect for my old corporate job). I ended up ordering it on a whim. So glad I did!
This was my first time ever shopping for and sewing knits so I really didn’t know what I was looking for. I ended up finding this plushy gray knit from the sale section at Jo-Ann.
Since I had read on many reviews of this pattern that people had directly serged the seams for construction, I decided I was going to do that too. BAD. IDEA. I am definitely not very good at using the serger yet and the number of places where I had gaping holes that I had to redo is a little embarrassing.
The other area I screwed up a lot is the attaching of the neckband. The neckband seam of both the left and right sides do not match up with the waist seam of the left and right pieces. Also, both sides of the neckband are a bit shorter than the length of the garment, whereas they’re supposed to be a tiny bit longer according to the instructions.
I had intended on adding buttons to this cardigan. I even bought the buttons for it! I’m too terrified to try attaching the buttons though. I have never made a buttonhole and I’m too scared to try now! I’ve been giving this shirt so much wear even without buttons I think it’s unlikely I’ll ever get around to adding the buttons.
Another thing I’ve failed to do is add the thread chain to hold the pockets down. It would be nice to have since I’ve pulled my pockets inside out a number of times. But let’s be real here… I’m probably never going to get around to adding it.
I think I really lucked out with my fabric choice since the dark color seems to hide my many many mistakes really well! Despite how awful the construction of this garment is, I absolutely LOVE it. In fact, I’m currently wearing this cardigan on a plane typing all of this up!