Pattern house: Grainline Studio

Pattern: Driftless Cardigan

Fabric: Undisclosed knit

It's been a couple of months since my last post as I took some time out to relocate. But I'm back, feeling refreshed, and itching to get sewing again!

One of the first projects since my return has been to take part in the Instagram #cosycardichallenge hosted by the three lovely stitchers, @amandaturner1977, @sodburysewing and @shesewsvintage. For the full scoop and details of how to take part in this challenge check out Amanda's blog post.

For my take on the challenge, I had a go at the Grainline Studio, Driftless cardigan, a pattern that I had not sewn before but that had been on the 'to sew' list for a while. This challenge came up and gave me the perfect excuse to bump it up the list and get going.

This year I have had a push on sewing the basics in a bid to move closer to a fully handmade wardrobe. In my mind, no wardrobe is complete without a good old cosy cardigan, especially as the colder months draw in.



The fabric was some sort of mildly stretchy knit jersey, although I pulled it out of a bargain bin with no tag so couldn't be too sure on the exact composition. Nevertheless, it worked suprisingly well for the Driftless Cardigan offering the ultimate slouchy look. It is a fairly lightweight knit but a perfect cover up for the transition from Summer to Autumn.


This patten came together really quickly with simple construction. It was a great fit straight out of the packet and needed no adjustments. What's more, there were no awkward sleeve insertions - another gem of a feature when it comes to sewing with jersey. I whizzed up practically all of it on the overlocker with the exception of the pockets (as instructed).

Favourite thing...

I LOVE the pockets. Who doesn't love pockets?! If it's pockets you're in to, this pattern is definitely the one for you and is what makes this cardigan stand out from all the others.

Next time...

Next time, I would baste the seam together where the back lower hem band meets the front lower hem band before overlocking it on. I didn't do this first time around and the overlocker had a tendency to push the two apart creating a gap that I had to go in and hand stitch together afterwards.


I will definitely be making many more Grainline Studio, Driftless Cardigans and already have plans to stitch one up in a heavier weight jersey ready for the Winter months.

This has been the ideal project for getting back into the swing of things and the perfect Summer/Autumn transitional make. Needless to say, I highly recommend this pattern.

Don't forget to check out all the other #cosycardichallenge entries on Instagram. If you're not already signed up and keen to have a go, it's not too late, you have until 31st October to share your cardie too!

Thank you for hosting @amandaturner1977, @sodburysewing and @shesewsvintage!