This one ticks several boxes. The Camas blouse checks out as a cardigan in several ways:
- perfect for lounging while pretending to be put together and ready to meet the world;
- potentially great for actually meeting the world;
- only needed to be minimally upsized for a cardigan — I sewed the sleeve and side seams with a 1 cm/ 3/8″ seam allowance;
- I MADE IT OUT OF FABRIC SCRAPS, WHICH MAKES ME SO OVERJOYED I’M WRITING IN ALL CAPS
- it’s both fairly simple sewing and qualifies as loungewear, so it satisfies a major wardrobe need for me.
the back and the inside
I was inspired by Morgan’s cardigan version from the Camas sewalong.
There were some goofs. I was rushing and sewed in part of the front band wrong. And I trimmed the seams before I noticed it. Not great but not tragic, so I just went with it. If I could rewind time, I’d unpick it and sew it properly.
I improvised those cuffs. They could be slimmer. But they’re not and it’s still fine.
Here it is worn:
I wrote up a proper review of the pattern here. Now I can recommend it both as a blouse and a cardigan. And I might just make it again.