Woo, a completed dressmaking project, can you believe it! It’s been absolutely forever! It’s the Julia cardigan by Mouse House creations and I got it as part of a perfect pattern parcel. I actually had this cut out for the first blogger sewing day but didn’t start it so just left it sitting in its bag and pretty much forgot about it. We had another sewing day (this time much smaller, only Kerry, Elaine, Jen, Kerry’s friend Kate and Mrs Stitchery Cassandra were there) recently and I mostly made this during that morning, just had the hem to finish at the weekend.
And dear god, the hem! But let’s start with the description and the good things before going into what didn’t go so well. But overall I really like this pattern. I never button cardigans up so the floaty open shape is perfect for me. And it means you don’t really have to do much/any fitting. The instructions are photobased (which I don’t always prefer but in this case it worked) and detailed.
I cut the size L based on my (admittedly pregnant) bust measurement. I would definitely tighten the cuffs (and it does say in the instructions that it’s cut quite loose and that people may want to tighten) and maybe shorten the sleeves as well. Actually, looking at the back photo now I might actually just cut the size M.
The other thing I will change next time is that I will just throw fabric at the problem and make the doubled over version, which means I don’t have to sew a hem. The hem goes in a giant circle all around the front of the cardigan (confusingly, this piece is called the collar in the instructions, which had me briefly panicking that I was missing pattern pieces) and it takes forever to do and with being circular all the way round isn’t the easiest to keep even. And I’m not the tidiest at that sort of thing at the best of times. It did look pretty atrocious when I first finished it but thankfully steam ironing made it look acceptable.
Apart from that I did ok though, I managed to keep a fairly even seam allowance and all the seams that are meant to match up do, with the exception of the one in the bottom right hand corner. I used the bamboo jersey again, you know how excited I get about the properties of bamboo, I love the colours it comes in and it holds it’s shape pretty well for a knit.
I think I’ll make myself another one in navy and then one for Dave’s mum. It’s a good pattern for making for other people because there’s nothing to fit!
P.S. I love these pictures! We had an away day the other day (we both work in the same division) and it didn’t start til 10, so we had some time to bumph around after dropping Milo off at nursery, including taking these pictures. The light is so good! These are unedited, but my skin looks much better than it is and for once I don’t look all puffy in my face. I actually made that first picture my facebook profile picture. The back picture made me decide to get a pre-baby hair cut though!