So, out with the old first (see what I mean about the terrible photos, sorry!) Well actually this is the new in that this was a new to me pattern but this cardigan was a loong time in the making. I think I started it in 2015 and finally got it finished on a weekend trip to Glasgow in September 2016. I went up for a weekend to visit friends and managed to fit in a sewing afternoon with some Scottish bloggers at the Stitchery Studio. It was such a lovely afternoon, I hope I get a chance to do it again soon! I couldn't decide what to take to sew so I took a few options and on the day this was the one I decided I wanted to do in order to finally get it finished.
Pattern: Jalie 3248 Drop Pocket cardigan. I was after a pattern for a cardigan, mostly for work wear, that had pockets. After seeing a few versions of this Jalie pattern that I liked, particularly Nancy's version as well as reading reviews on Pattern Review, I decided to go with it even though the cover art work isn't particularly inspiring!
Size: I cut a straight size T. I've included the size chart below so you can see what a wide size range these patterns cover.
Fabric & notions: £10 for pattern including delivery (from Habithat), £10 for metre of brown John Kaldor jersey from Mandors (still have enough left for a t-shirt), approx £10 for 2 metres of navy blue jersey (still enough left for a t-shirt) from the Man outside Sainsbury's. I had to buy the brown/brick coloured thread, say £3? They're both quite thin so this got a lot more wear in Autumn than now as we're having a colder winter than usual for London.
Were the instructions clear?: This was my first time using a Jalie pattern and although the instructions aren't visually as appealing as some of the other indie patterns they are really good. On reading through them they don't make much sense re the construction of the pocket but you just have to trust and follow them and it all works out well. The colours work really well together and I love the contrast.
Any changes I'd make next time: I plan to make this again but I might shorten it a bit as it is quite long and hangs out under most jackets except my trench coat or winter coat. The sleeves are also a bit long, and they're very narrow so if I made this out of a jersey with less stretch I might widen the pattern pieces a bit.
Total cost: £33 but then I still have enough jersey left for 2 t-shirts so it worked out a very good price I'd say.
|Pooling in the lower back is visible here|
Pattern: On to my first make of 2017 - and it's an oldie at the same time, another dress version of one of my favourite patterns, the Plantain tee by Deer & Doe. This is a free pattern and it's brilliant!
Size: The dress pattern is the plantain tee in a size 38 at the bust grading out to a 40 at the waist and 42 at the hips but then I laid an old H&M t-shirt dress underneath and just traced that to make it into a dress pattern.
Were the instructions clear?: I really like the instructions for the plantain tee. They were the first instructions I followed for inserting sleeves flat and I do it like this most of the time now. It's such a fast sew.
Any changes I'd make next time: I used the same pattern pieces as for my previous dress versions but I had to take it in quite a lot at the side seams and shape it at the bottom. This might have been partly due to the fabrics I used as I basted the pink and grey pattern pieces together before sewing it up as one layer. I think the pink fabric might have stretched out a bit and that the extra thickness of the two layers made it need the extra shaping at the waist, hips and hem. I'm very pleased with how this turned out, it's so warm and I know I'll get lots of wear from it. There is a bit of fabric pooling on the lower back though that I'd like to sort out before I make a dress version again. Does anyone have any tips for this? I wondered if I just need to make the back pattern piece narrower towards the lower back?
I didn't stitch down the neckline with the twin-needle as, although it doesn't look like it in this photo the neckline does lie pretty flat and I'm reluctant to use the twin needle on it as sometimes it makes it look worse. Does anyone have any other finished they use on knit neckbands?
Total cost: £6
So that's it, two pretty concise reviews about two basic makes that get/will get worn a lot. Making this dress was such a nice way to start my sewing in 2017! Next up is sewing a quilt for a newborn baby, a batman cape & Bing soft toy for my son, and 2 t-shirts for my son I've had cut out for ages.