Hi friends! I honestly cannot believe we’re more than halfway through May — where did this month go?! It definitely feels like summer here in St. Louis: most of this month has been in the 80s/low 90s (high 20s/low 30s). I have so many amazing plans for this summer, sewing and activities alike, and I can’t wait to share them with you! A lot of those plans include traveling, both for work and for fun. Even when I’m traveling to somewhere that’s warm, I like to wear jeans and a sweater on the plane. I’m one of those people that’s always cold, so layers are key for a chilly airplane! Earlier this month I whipped up the lengthened Driftless Cardigan I’m sharing with you today, and I totally plan on bringing it EVERYWHERE with me this summer!
Lengthened Driftless Cardigan
Fabric and Fitting
Grainline Studio’s Driftless Cardigan is already a workhorse in my wardrobe. It’s cute, comfy, easy to style, and those pockets can fit sooooo many K-Cups in them! This is the first time I’ve ever really modified the pattern beyond fit alterations, though. I can’t believe it took me this long!
I make a size 4 cardigan, and add 3″ to the sleeves because of #sewingtall. I’m 5′ 11″, and most of my length is in my limbs, which I think is particularly useful to know for this modification!
The lower body pattern pieces have 20″ added to them. Initially I went all in and added 3 FEET to the length! I really had no idea how much I wanted to add, but I figured it was better to chop a lot of length off than to wish I had made it longer. Don’t forget to add length to the lower part of the neck band, too!
The fabric is a light rib knit from JOANN. It’s definitely creamier than it appears on the site — I feel like my photos are pretty true to color.
Sewing a Lengthened Driftless Cardigan
At this point, I’ve made so many Driftless Cardigans that I don’t even need to use the directions! Also… it’s a pretty simple sew, so I’m not sure that’s as big of a brag as I think it is. I used my twin needle (my fave) on my regular sewing machine.
Because I was totally winging the look of this lengthened Driftless Cardigan, I saved the fitting for last. I put the lower and upper body pieces together, and then did the shoulder seams and attached the sleeves flat. I sewed the sleeve seam together, and continued into the body, stopping at the seam in the body of the sweater where the upper and lower pieces were joined. Then I tried the sweater on, made length adjustments, and decided where I wanted the vents to start!
I finished out the vents, added the hem bands, and then finished the whole thing out with the neck bands. Here’s a tutorial on how to add vents if you’re interested.
This lengthened Driftless cardigan is going to go everywhere with me this summer! What’s your go-to airplane outfit?