So, I totally broke one of my own rules for buying fabric.
And I’m not even sorry about it.
About a month ago I was reading Katie’s blog post and she mentioned having bought some pretty stellar ribbed jersey. Almost immediately and on a total whim I bought 4 metres in 2 different colourways. I didn’t even order a sample – breaking my number 1 rule for buying fabric on line.
A bit crazy, right?
But I regret nothing.
The fabric is buttery soft and super snugly. Perfect for winter-ware. I only wish I’d bought more in different colourways – like in dark brown.
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it, until a few weeks ago when Allie and Aimee asked me to sew up a cardigan as part of the Indiesew cardigan-fest. They sent me the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns – a pretty nifty choice since it’s been on my radar for a while now.
The Jenna is a simple cardigan with a button band finish. There are various sleeve lengths and the option to have a gathered detail at the shoulders. All great, right?
But not quite the vibe I was going for.
I really like the simple lines of Jenna and am particularly feeling the simple button band. I’m not one for lots of volume so the button band seems like such a good alternative to a shawl or waterfall collar.
But, I’ve really been pulling towards cardigans with large patch pockets and exaggerated lengths.
So super fabric and a pattern with good bones, but not quite there…. perfect time for a pattern hack, no?
(And yes, I guess I’m that person now who sorta-kinda is getting how to change things up to make them work. Who is this sewing ninja?)
I’m super happy with how this turned out. It took quite a bit of thinking to get the construction right, but now that it’s done I think I’ve found my go-to cardigan pattern for life.
Changes to the pattern
To get a more slouchy vibe I cut a size up – I measured out at a 36/38 but made a 40. I then made some extensive (but pretty easy) changes to the pattern:
- Added 11 cm to the length. I added this at the waistline (where it says cut here for waist length)
- Squared off the curved sides by running a straight line from the bust to the hip
- Created a deep v-neck at the front by drawing a straight line from the corner of the neckline to the waist line
- Created a single button/neck band
Changes to construction
- I used a single band to finish off the edges and create a button band. I interfaced the section that would carry the buttons and attached the whole thing following the instructions for the button band
- I also decided to sew a strip of fabric to each shoulder seam to stabilise the seam and to stop the shoulders from dropping down. You could easily use elastic or ribbon, but I used the selvage from some woven silk fabric. I picked the tip up from Tilly (of Tilly and The Buttons fame) and it works a treat
- Shortened the sleeves by 3″
- Didn’t top stitch the button band
- And…. still debating about what/if to add buttons and if I should add patch pockets.
But apart from those changes (which were actually really straightforward) I followed the instructions.
I’ve been wearing this casually at home and I’ve got to say I’m s-u-p-e-r happy with how it’s come out.
I’ve still got some more of this fabric in grey and am really keen to make a turtleneck. As for the pattern, I’d love to make this longline again maybe in a heavier ponte or thick knit. I’m also tempted to try the straight up cardigan version too – because, well, cardigans.
What about you? Have you got any winter sewing plans – maybe for some snugly knits or a cracking winter coat?
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this make was kindly provided by Indiesew (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.