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How We Wear It: Driftless Cardigan

By Allie

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How We Wear It | Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio

It's officially Cardigan Week and we've just added a new design to the shop just for the occasion! The Driftless Cardigan by Grainline Studio is now in the cardigan lineup and is 20% off with coupon code CARDIGAN until 10 p.m. on Friday, September 22.

I whipped up my Driftless last week in our 2x2 Heather Grey Ribbed Knit and I have not taken it off since. This grandpa style cardigan goes with everything. I love the dropped shoulder and I'm finding the pockets to be surprisingly useful for all sorts of things.

The construction of this garment is unique, but it sews up just as fast as any other simple knit garment. From start to finish, this project took only a couple of hours.

The horizontal seam that forms the pockets extends through the back bodice at roughly my natural waist. I love how it takes this simple silhouette up a notch!

Driftless Cardigan | Grey Ribbed Knit Fabric

Indiesew.com | Driftless Cardigan Sewing Pattern

Indiesew Blog | Driftless Cardigan Style Post

Grandpa Cardigan Sewing Pattern | Driftless by Grainline Studio

Outfit Details:
Cardigan: Driftless Cardigan sewn in our 2x2 Heather Grey Ribbed Knit
Top: Sleeveless Mila Shirt sewn in a rayon dobby fabric
Jeans: Free People A-Line Overalls (I removed the straps)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeen Clogs

I'm wearing my Driftless Cardigan with the most colorful top in my closet, my sleeveless Mila Shirt (partial placket tutorial available here). Because this cardigan is a neutral grey, it pairs well with colorful tops with loud prints. I'm making a point to sew more of those because I love this look so much.

For me, slouchy cardigans look best when the front bodices hang to the side of the bust. I feel too covered up when I bring the front bodices crossed over at the center front. Plus, I like how the cardigan frames the top when I'm wearing it this way.

I love these high-waisted, wide-leg jeans worn with the cardigan because they're fitted through the waist and upper thighs. It keeps the whole outfit from looking frumpy on my frame. Paired with my favorite 70's-style clogs, this outfit could quite possibly be my new favorite.

Want to replicate it? Grab the pattern and fabric and you could have a new cardigan within a few hours!

Happy sewing!

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