the jet-plane cardigan

I dress for the airport very intentionally. I want to wear something comfortable and flexible. You know, something with layers so that you’re prepared for both the freezing air vents and the hot, stuffy air on the plane before the engines start up. You know what I mean.


This cardigan is yet another Seamwork pattern: Oslo (from their launch issue in December). I whipped it up in about two or three hours from cutting to finishing, and I’m pleased with the outcome. This particular sweater knit is especially cozy. It’s a lightweight rayon/poly/lycra blend, found at


I was especially grateful for my light layers on the descent back into Portland. The turbulence was so violent, I felt like I was on a 20-minute roller coaster ride. We were buffeted back and forth so forcefully that my stomach started churning almost immediately, cold sweat breaking out on my forehead. I stripped the cardigan off as quickly as I could and buried my head in my hands and breathed in and out, willing the plane to touch ground so that the looming threat of sick would subside.


All that to say, this cardigan served me well on my flights. Its shape is inherently loose, so I didn’t have to worry about my outfit losing its look after hours in various airports. And I’ll say again that this rayon knit blend is deceptively warm.


When I flipped through the pattern at its launch I thought that I’d prefer the cardigan with the cuffs on the inside. But when it came to actually sewing it, I found that–at least with this lightweight sweater knit–I liked the added detail of the outer cuffs. They let me pull the sleeves up around my hands when I’m feeling cold or loungy or lazy. (Because if you cover up your hands, then you’re automatically excused from doing anything productive, right?)

This sweater is the perfect lounge number, and depending on your fabric choice could even swing for more slouchy, sophisticated look. (You know when you’re getting ready for a first date and you want to look hot but not like you tried to be? This sweater done up in a heavy, smooth knit would definitely fit that bill.) I’m travelling again next month to see my parents, and this sweater will likely be coming with me.

What do you wear to the airport? Have you tried any of the Seamwork patterns yet?

***Specs: This is the Oslo cardigan from Seamwork. I made it up in a small and made no modifications to the instructions. This is a great pattern for a beginner. If you have one I’d recommend using a serger to sew the seams. Lightweight sweater knits can be a little tricky to manipulate, and I was grateful for the differential feed on my serger to help feed the fabric and securely stitch the seams.

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