Hate is a strong word, but I’m going to use it rapaciously here and reiterate: I hate printing and taping together PDF patterns. I hate it more than I hate tracing patterns, adjusting the fit of patterns, or cutting my fabric. I hate figuring out how to store them, and I hate how bulky they are in general. Dealing with PDF patterns is the lowliest of low tasks in my sewing world.
But every once in a while I see something I just want to make that only comes as a PDF, drudgery be damned. DAMNED, I say!
And that’s where Julia came in.
The Julia Cardigan is a Mouse House Creations pattern. I was intrigued when I saw it offered in one of the Perfect Pattern Parcels last year (speaking of, does anyone know if they’re totally done with that or are they going to offer more? Seems to me to probably be the former), but wasn’t all that jazzed about its parcel buddies so I didn’t buy. Then, about a month ago, I happened across a 50% off sale on their site and decided it was fate: I snatched Julia up for a mere $4.50 (you can pick it up any ol’ day for $9).
The assembly of the pattern was very smoothly: everything matched up perfectly! Hallelujah.
Also, you’ll notice that this isn’t a maternity pattern, which I’m sure you’re starting to get sick of. Don’t worry, only 3 more months of that! Well, probably less, dependent on gumption. ;) This is a “normal” cardigan that those harboring fetuses, or those who are not, can wear! Fun for all!
I’m working with about a 40″ bust at this point (with most of that junk in the front), and ended up making a medium, which the size chart lists is for a 35-36″ bust. I’m satisfied with how it turned out! Since this cardi is not meant to close, figuring your size out is really all about assessing where you have the most, uh, bulk, in your bustline. The only thing I feel is a bit big on my cardi is the sleeve band, but I’ll probably leave that more or less be for future versions in case I decide to wear a half or 3/4 sleeve top underneath.
One thing I don’t really understand why the only finished measurements on the pattern are vertical. How is that helpful? Sleeve length can be easily adjusted, and I don’t really care how long the side seam is. That’s just about my only criticism. The cardigan sews together easily and looks great when done.
I used another 60″ wide mystery sweater knit from my stash. Really have no idea where I bought it, but I made the version with the self-lined collar (they call it the “doubled over version”) and was able to cut the whole cardi out using only a 1 1/2 yards. Nice. According to the sort of confusing fabric requirement chart, it should have taken 2 5/8 yards, so take note.
Sewing Forecast: I still haven’t sewn anything for the Wardrobe Contest, but I have four of my eight garments cut out. Hoping to have them ALL cut and 1-2 garments sewn by the end of this weekend, but we’ll see how that goes with everything else we have planned and want to get accomplished. Life is always getting in the way of sewing, isn’t it? ;)