How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

Jenna cardigan hack

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.

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

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.

Dilemma.

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.

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

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.

How I turned the Jenna cardigan by Muse Patterns into my perfect oversized cardigan. WIth details of the pattern hack how to | Randomly Happy

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.

 

  1. Reply
    Kathryn

    This is lovely! I’d say add some pockets and it’ll be perfect! That’s so cool you altered the pattern to make just what you were after. I’ve just finished making the Jalie Drop Pocket cardigan, not blogged it yet but I’ve already worn it twice!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      You’re so right. It definitely needs some pockets. I’ve not seen the Jalie cardigan – but drop pockets sound pretty nifty!

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