I’m loving the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour and am excited to share my make! Of course, I had to pick the classic solid french terry as my favorite fabric.
I thought for a bit about which pattern to make, because there are quite a few patterns that I love and have made with this french terry before. But if I consider a make that I’ve worn a LOT and is very well loved, it has to be the Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio. I made one of these a few years ago with the solid charcoal french terry and I have worn that item more than potentially any other make.
I was introduced to Grainline Studio by a coworker / friend right as I began sewing garments in 2015 and the Driftless was released soon after that. At the time I was working in an office for my day job and wore cardigans year round because it was always so cold in the building. So I thought the Driftless would be a good option. Five Driftless makes later…I never made another general cardigan pattern again because this one is just so perfect. Every line is so clean. The pockets are hidden in the horizontal seam. It’s a slight dolman sleeve which is ideal for my personal preference for dolman sleeves (I have weird sensitivities to certain seams). Even though I work from home now, I still find myself wearing cardigans pretty often, because I do always seem to want another layer at some point of my day. They are perfect for multi-seasonal wear!
I find wear my solid black and gray Driftless cardigans the most but I really needed to mix things up a bit with some color. I knew I needed this french terry for another because the charcoal one I made before has absolutely stood the test of time. I made it in 2016 and it still looks just as perfect as the day I made it. The fabric has not worn one bit. For probably two years I wore it multiple times a week and you would never know. So of course I could not resist the mauve french terry…this color is probably one of my favorites right now. It feels just as soft and comfy as my charcoal version! The color is so perfect and the right mix of pink and purple. Not too bright and a little dusty. Just what I would hope for!
Since this tour is also about favorite sewing tools, I picked the reliable old hem gauge. I bought this tool when I first started sewing because I knew my mom had one. It’s not a fancy thing but it definitely is one of my favorite tools. I use it probably every time I sew and it is so helpful to easily make precise measurements. I use it for hemming, but I also use it to double check seam allowances, space buttons (I know you can also use those button spacers), and transfer markings. I use it so much, I have managed to NOT lose it in the morphing sea of crafting supplies. That’s how you know it is essential!
I hope you are loving this blog tour as much as I am; links below for the other bloggers participating. And head to the RCF Facebook group to enter giveaways each day! I always love seeing what sewing tools and notions are favorites among fellow sewists!
Head to all the stops on this week’s tour: