I sewed! Nothing like a new fabric purchase to spur the sewjo, right? I washed up the sweater knits I received last week, and cut straight into a blue forget-me-not/cobalt colour. It’s the most medium weight of the knits I ordered (not too thin, not too thick) so it seemed perfect for trying out the Julia Cardigan.
The only real surprise with this pattern is that I haven’t sewed it before now. I wear a lot of cardigans! My reservation with this style is that the front will curve away just where my hips are widest and create a strange emphasis there. This cardi came out quite long on me (I’m short!) so I don’t think that happens.
Construction wise, there is very little to say. I did the doubled hem/collar approach, which seems like the way to go… the alternative is folding over and stitching to finish the circular edge, and that would always show when it drapes open! No thanks. The down side is that in my size, it took close to 3m of fabric.
Here it is on, as I wore it to work today!
(Why yes, I *AM* using a timer to take phone pics in a parking lot! It was either balance the phone on the car door and take these, or get no pics will the weekend. It’s dark so early here now!)
I like how the neckline sits – it’s similar to the Cake Carmine, which I struggled to fit last spring, but works much better on me. I really appreciate that I didn’t have to fidget with the cardigan at all in the day – I totally forgot I was wearing it, and that’s a great sign for me!
One thing I’ll improve on next time is the fit in the back. The pattern doesn’t have any hip shaping – it’s straight from the armpit down! That would never work for me, so I graded out two sizes for the back hips and back hem band. That wasn’t quite enough though… the side seams get pulled back a bit, and that affects the front drape. Easy enough to fix next time though – and I’m sure there will be a next time!
Just to show you what it looks like when the camera isn’t shooting up from hip level (yikes!), here are some pics in my front hall:
(Worn with my Group of Seven dress from the summer.)
Overall, I like this pattern a lot! The PDF was easy to tape together, it took just an hour to sew, and it’s a very wearable shape. I’ve seen several versions in ponte, though I’m not sure how that would drape… but it certainly would work in jersey, light or medium sweater knit, or a drapey double knit.
Have you made a Julia Cardigan before? What are your favourite cardigan shapes to wear?