This, my friends, is a pattern and fabric match made in heaven! I’ve been wearing it every evening since I made it (ok, and some days, and I even slept in it once or twice!) and it’s held up beautifully. No wrinkles, no bagging, and manages to be cosy but breathable. I’m in love!
The fabric is Double Brushed Poly, which was sent to me by LA Finch after I mentioned them in my post on the virtues of polyester. I said in that post that I hadn’t tried Double Brushed Poly yet, and was a little sceptical… well, I’m so happy to be proved wrong! From everything I’d seen online (mostly tight athleisure stuff), I was assuming it was like a cotton lyrca in weight and drape. Not at all! It’s much more like a rayon, which you know I love. It drapes beautifully, has 4-way stretch, excellent recovery, and is light-to-mid weight. Josie from LA Finch described it as being like a brushed ITY, and I agree.
Up close, the texture is like a very fine micro-fleece. It’s so soft that I find myself stroking the fabric like I do with bamboo jersey or velvet. (Come on, don’t you pet your clothes sometimes?) It does tend to attract cat hairs and lint, so be warned. There are lots of great prints out there if you prefer.
I sewed this Blackwood in the same size as my first: XL at the shoulders, and 2XL at the hips. I skipped the pockets, and it all went together in an hour. A few of the seams stretched out slightly by time I’d topstitched them with the coverstitch, so next time I’d use the differential feed to gather more aggressively on the serger during construction.
Although this a very basic make, I’m loving the versatility. I wore it in photos as I have been in real life: as a dressing-gown layer over leggings and a tank. Basically, as pyjamas. With a longer top though, I’d wear this out for errands with a big scarf and sneakers… or, if I was the going-out kind of person, I could picture it over a cute top and jeans with sexy heels. Basically, it’s the sort of cardigan you could wad up in your purse or throw over your chair at work, and wear with any outfit at all! I know Helen designed this cardi with layering in mind, and I think it works perfectly!
As for the fabric, I’ll definitely be going back for more double brushed poly! I think it’s ideal for leggings, dresses, cardigans and tops, where you want the drapiness of a rayon or ITY but a cosier feel.
Have you sewn with Double Brushed Poly? Along with Liverpool knit, it seems to be the trendy new thing this year. Let me know if you have any questions about what it’s like!
Fabric provided by LA Finch fabric – opinions provided by me.