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Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan – V3.0

My love for the Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan is well documented. This is my 3rd version and I love it as much as versions 1 and 2.

The fabric

This version is made in a surprisingly lovely coral jersey from the bins at Abakhan. I know I’ve got a fabric ban in place but I needed a little jersey to make leggings for Summer to go with a top I’d sewn (not yet blogged) and I loved this colour so much I bought the whole piece so I could make myself a Blackwood.

For £8 and change I got a gorgeous cardigan for myself and capri leggings for Miss Minx. I can’t grumble about that! And this fabric has great drape!

A word about colour

It’s been interesting to me to see how my taste in colour has refined and changed since I grew my hair out.

Prior to embracing my grey, I really didn’t have a set colour palette that I felt comfortable in. Now….it’s so very easy. Navy is my neutral and base colour. It’s a softer colour on me than black and whilst I do wear a bit of black now and again, I’m much happier in blue.

Coral/orange is my new red. I simply don’t feel good in red any more but love the oranges. When I was brunette, I never wore orange.

I adore the bright blues as an accent colour too. My last Blackwood embraced that. Pale blues such as my Galaxie really suit. I may have bought some more yarn in that colour at Yarndale (blog post to come).

Grey is good. And I’m tempted to try some chartreuse too. But that will have to wait until I’ve sewn up so more fabric.

Its a really interesting journey and it’s becoming so much easier to walk away from pretty fabric and yarn that will languish in the stash never to be sewn or knitted!

A schoolgirl error

As I’ve mentioned before, the Blackwood Cardigan is a super pattern and a simple sew. So the only explanation for the error in this one is stupidity on my part.

Whilst sewing the front band in place I couldn’t work out why it was so much longer than usual. So I blithely stitched it on and cut off the ends.

Then realised that you’re supposed to sew the bottom band on before stitching the front band! Sigh. Thankfully the bottom band had enough give in it to enable me to stretch it to fit. Phew!

And in other news….

These pictures clearly show the significant weight gain I’ve been battling with over the last few years. It’s something I want to address because over the past few weeks I’ve finally got some answers about it.

I recognise that the sewing community is very supportive of all body shapes and sizes, but this isn’t about that, this is about health and generally feeling pretty shitty on a daily basis for some considerable time.

Having had numerous conversations with my GP, I decided to invest in my health and had a private consultation. Their approach is very different to that of the NHS (a bloody marvellous institution that is much maligned). Whereas the NHS is about helping you overcome acute illness, I’m working with this private doctor to achieve a state of optimum health.

The blood tests were a revelation. My hormones, adrenals and thyroid are completely out of whack! Vitamins D and B are fully depleted. It’s no wonder I can’t lose the weight and am completely exhausted all the time.

The exhaustion has been debilitating and previously been put down to just age and a busy lifestyle.

The good news!

The good news is that this is all reversible. It may at least six months to see results but I’m hoping that by this time next year I’ll be back to full health and in better shape.

I realise that I’m immensely lucky to be able to invest in myself like this, but also glad that I kept pushing for answers.

I’m also thankful for you guys for not saying “oy! fatty! stop eating all the cakes“.

I’m excited to see how things progress over the next few months. And I have another Blackwood Cardigan hot off the machine to share with you the next time it stops raining and I can get photos!


The Avid Seamstress – Drop Sleeve Top – review

Have you seen the Drop Sleeve Top from The Avid Seamstress? I’m sure you’re familiar with Lisa and her lovely patterns. The Drop Sleeve Top (DST) is a free pattern she offers to subscribers. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen me working on this pattern recently.

Whilst I love the Newlook top that I made last year, I wanted a simple top with slightly more elevated details. The DST has that.

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Burda 7368 review – DIY Blouse

Oh! Burda 7368 – how this blouse has tried and tested me.

Burda_7368

A combination of drapey, shifty fabric and a less than stellar pattern, plus a couple of big schoolgirl errors really pushed me to the edge with this.

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