With cooler weather approaching, I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs to stock up with simple cardigans to wear each day.
I was drawn to the Julia cardigan pattern after receiving one of those marketing emails from Sussan or Witchery or something. It described the ‘must have’ item for the season as the curved hem cardigan. Naturally, I can no longer find this item as it was a few months ago, but I was drawn to the aesthetic.
As you can see the Julia cardigan has that curved look. It has simple lines, with no closures (read: fast to make) and fits fantastically. If my memory serves me correctly, I think I only used the overlocker to make this, which makes it even more fun to make.
This Julia cardigan is made up of a silk/merino remnant from The Fabric Store. I think I purchased it a couple of years ago from their Melbourne store. I have also made a black double knit version, but am currently unable to locate it in my heaped laundry pile, so you’ll just have to imagine this in black too 🙂
My only words of advice when sewing this pattern is that this pattern is a fabric eater! The body and sleeves are no problem, but the large rounded band eats fabric. There are two options for the pattern, one to run this band with a single layer of fabric and hem it, the other – which I chose – was to cut the band twice and sew them right sides together before attaching to prevent hemming and create a cleaner finish.
Unfortunately, as I was working with a scant cut – due to this being a remnant, not me being a fabric tightwad – I had to reduce the width of this band by a couple of inches. As I have also made this cardigan in black as drafted, I must add that I prefer the band on this version. It sits nicer around the neck and the cardigan is the perfect length. With my black one it is a smidge too long.
While I’m writing about finished projects – I also made myself another simple knit tank. This pattern was free cut and fits surprisingly well. In contrast to my recent tanks, I actually added bands/binding to the neck and arms with my regular machine on lightning bolt stitch and cover stitched them down. This has got to be one of my best finished knit tanks/tees to date.
More sewing news to follow tomorrow!