Back in October I bought the Perfect Pattern Parcel #6. Included in this was The Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations.
I’ve been meaning to make this up for ages, and now I have! It’s good to know things do get to the top of the ‘to-do’ list, eventually!
I chose some black slinky jersey which was initially bought to make me and Thimberlina’s mum a pair of matching leggings. I bought this fabric from Lucky Fabric’s in Dewsbury at the back end of last year. I s’pose I could’ve left it in my stash a bit longer, I mean, 3 months in the spare room, it’s not even got settled in!
But alas, despite £5 being an absolute bargain for me and my mum to have a pair of leggings (I only had 1.8m but neither of us have particularly long legs) the leggings never materialised. But then I remembered the Julie Cardigan (my ‘to-do’ list is not written it’s in my head, note to self to maybe write a blog post about it).
I really struggled with the pattern pieces to fit them on. It was the curved front pieces. 4 are needed if you are going to line the front, which I did want to do for a better finish as the fabric was very slinky. I even cut an extra front piece of the pattern so i didn’t have to guess if it would actually fit. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t squeeze on all the pieces.
So the above is all the pieces except the lining piece for the front. Thought I’d add this picture so if you’re thinking of making this pattern it will give you an idea of pattern placement for not very much fabric. It didn’t help either that I wanted a long sleeved version. I rummaged in my stash and found some black jersey with a butterfly print which was perfect for the lining. I remember buying it from Boyes in Brighouse with the intention of making a maxi dress (last summer). Oh well….
The pattern went together so quickly, once I had cut all the pieces. It was all sewn together on my overlocker with some top edge stitching done on my machine.
Here’s my photo shoot. I’m sorry but you’ve to make do with the kitchen, as it’s the tidiest place in the house and it’s too cold to go out.
I was really glad I didn’t have enough fabric and had to use the butterflies. Don’t you just love inside surprises inside your clothes!?
It will meet at the front, but not at the waist …. that’s the design tho, honest!
I’m really not flashing my butt at you….. just showing off the butterflies!
Not really sure what going on here but added this one cos I think it makes me look slimmer than I am. and I’m not pulling any faces so I mustn’t have been breathing in too much.
Casual look… Isn’t it so so hard to photograph black clothes. I’d put that vest top underneath because it’s pale and would help show the cardi, but I was freeeeezing.
Here’s a couple of shots of the back (I’ve got a lovely smile on these 2 but shame you can’t see it!)
Even though the flash makes this look shiny, it is actually a bit shiny in real life. It looks a stiff wet look leather fabric but is really soft to touch
Well, that it for now folks. How you doing with your perfect pattern parcel makes? I bought 3 out of 6 parcels, and this is my 2nd make, so 2 down 14 to go!! The other pattern I’ve used was the Hudson Pants which I made for Harrison seen here.
Hope you all have a very eventful weekend in your sewing spaces!