I was initially reluctant to sign up for April’s Miss Bossy challenge. I was meant to be prepping for an overseas holiday and knew I wouldn’t have much time to sew extra clothes.
What if I offered the choice of patterns that would actually work well for my travel wardrobe? Problem solved! I get to participate in the challenge, and I get the added motivation to actually sew up some extra clothes for the trip. Please excuse the photos, because of time constraints, I ended up using the mirror in the toilets at Frankfurt airport – real life action shots.
The options were the Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations (it’s been sitting in my pattern stash for years now) , the Rachael Playsuit but Designer Stitch (grabbed it on sale and still waiting to sew up) , and the Carey Top by Itch to Stitch (I honestly don’t remember buying this one). Decision-making blog post is here. The poll results came in, and Julia Cardigan it was.
I ended up using the poly sub jersey. Pictured here on the right.
I bought the end of a roll of it for something like $2/m at the end of last year. So far I’d only used a little for a tie front shrug for my daughter, so had plenty left over to play with.
The cardigan has three sleeve lengths – short 3/4 and long. I went for the transition-season friendly 3/4. Long enough to keep a chill away (especially when on a plane), but not overly warm if the sun’s about when you reach your destination.
The pattern has options for a hemmed band, or a doubled band that self-faces. It was more cutting out, and chewed through quite a bit more fabric, but the option to avoid hemming and have a nicer facing around the edge was a definite positive.
The added bonus was that because I used the doubled band, I could sew the whole garment using just my overlocker. This helped to make it a quick sew. The only trouble I had was that the fabric was rather lightweight, so had a tendency to get caught up a little at the beginning of the seam.
All up, I’m really happy with this cardigan. It’s comfy and easy to wear. Great for layering. And I’m happy I had the nudge needed to sew it up.