Amongst the bolts
One of my happy places is hanging out amongst bolts of fabrics.
I’m lucky to have a lovely local fabric shop where I regularly teach Genoa Tote classes, buy sewing essentials (ie. thread, elastic & buttons), feed my fabric habit and have lots of chats and laughs along the way. I consider it cheap therapy!
On a recent visit to The Cloth Shop, I suggested to Kim (pictured) that I’d like to make a shop sample (in my size of course!) using one of their newly arrived bolts of boiled wool. I was inspired to sew a Saunio Cardigan after seeing Sara’s boiled wool version a few months ago.
The pattern is not a new one. It’s from one of the early Named collections and I’ve sewn it up twice before in quite different fabrics. This version has the right amount of coziness for chilly Autumn mornings, and in my books, the vibrant teal is nothing sort of divine.
The pattern is described as a oversized relaxed cardigan (I consider it a jacket, but each to their own!), with drop shoulders, three-quarter sleeves, a round neckline and overlapping front edges. It has been designed without closures (hello quick sew!) and the overlapping fronts have great movement whether you are lounging, standing, smirking, twirling or trying to look cool!
The pattern suggests that you top stitch the facings in place, but I opted for the time consuming route… I hand stitched down the facing and all of the hems! My stitches disappeared into the boiled wool like magic!
Pattern: Saunio Cardigan by Named
Size: 38-42 (the sizes are grouped… this is the middle of three sizes)
Fabric: Boiled wool/viscose blend from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: Hand stitched facing and hems
Accessories: Scarf from Scarlet Jones and boots from Florsheim