Completed: Julia Women’s Cardigan and Lady Skater T-shirt

Julia Women's CardiganNot one, but two finished garments today! For reasons of picture taking efficiency I’m modelling them together.

Julia Women's CardiganFirst, the Julia Women’s cardigan from Mouse House Creations. I bought this pattern ages ago but never got around to actually using it until this week. I could use a new cardigan or two this autumn since some of my older ones are getting a bit too worn and this pattern looked like it would be quick and easy.

Julia Women's cardiganThe PDF was fairly straightforward to assemble, I liked that the details that are different for the various sleeve lengths were indicated in colour. The sewing instructions were clear. I chose the variation with long sleeves and the doubled over collar. I made size M at the top and graded to size L at the bottom to ensure that it wouldn’t be too clingy around my hips.

Julia Women's CardiganThe fabrics are viscose knits from my stash. I didn’t have enough left of either colour to make the entire cardigan so decided to make the collar in a contrast colour. I quite like how it turned out and think it will get much wear this autumn and possibly winter as well.

Julia Women's CardiganThings I consider changing next time:

  • Slimming down the sleeves, I find them quite wide at the bottom.
  • There are some draglines in the sleeve at my front upper arm, I’d like to fix this.
  • I’m not entirely sure about the back length, a little bit longer might look better on my figure?

Lady Skater t-shirt

Second, another Lady Skater t-shirt, pattern based on the Lady Skater dress from Kitschy Coo. If you ever wondered what happened to the ridiculous drawstring-detail drape top after I applied my rotary cutter to it, this t-shirt happened. I could cut the back of the t-shirt from the top’s back, keeping the center back seam. The front of the t-shirt and one of the sleeves fit on the drapey front. The second sleeve couldn’t be cut from the drape top and while I did have more of the grey fabric left, I chose to make it pink. Pink is not one of my favourite colours but I like it in small doses. The neckband was cut from black ribbing left over from the Indigo sweater.

Lady Skater t-shirtI think this t-shirt is a lot more wearable than the drawstring top ever was.

Win!

Win!

September 26, 2015

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

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20 Comments

  1. melziemakes

    They look really nice, I especially like the shape of the cardigan

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    • Emmely

      Thank you. The cardigan is very comfortable to wear too.

      Reply
  2. prolificprojectstarter

    that t shirt is definitely more wearable than the drapey top! I like the asymmetric pink sleeve, it would never have occurred to me to make just one a different colour.

    Re cardy length, I wonder if it would look “longer” if it was made in a solid colour? (But again, I like the contrast collar, that’s not a criticism)

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! That’s a good point about the colour affecting the look of the lenght… Hmmm. After playing around with it a bit, I’m now thinking I’ll make another version that is shorter, but in one colour. That way it will be more like the lenght of my other cardigans.

      Reply
  3. katechiconi

    The new incarnation of the drapey top is much nicer and a whole heap more flattering! Love the pink sleeve – I’d have felt compelled to make the neck ribbing match, but then I’m a bit sad that way. The cardigan is very pretty, and I think it might be worth trying it in a heavier fabric too, for colder weather.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I considered making the ribbing pink, but thought it would be a bit too much pink close to my face.

      Reply
  4. CurlsnSkirls

    Agree with you about the cardi length and a super re-do on the t shirt
    Well done you ! ! !

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    • Emmely

      Thank you!

      Reply
  5. tialys

    That is a great ‘refashioning’ of your drawstring top. I love the pink sleeve – it’s very ‘Boden’. I’m about to make another Lady Skater dress actually because I just love that pattern and I have some fabric that will be perfect for autumn.

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    • Emmely

      The Lady Skater dress is great, I still regularly wear the ones I made last year.

      Reply
  6. Thimberlina

    Love you colour blocked Julia, first I’ve seen like that, and I bet you’ll have inspired a few more to be made! I’ve made one and wear it quite a lot and my sleeves are a bit wide too.

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    • Emmely

      I’d have thought that colourblocking would be one of the first ideas people have for this pattern since it is so easy to do the way the collar is constructed. I’m planning another version with narrower sleeves, curious to see whether it will work out…

      Reply
  7. delightfullypeculiar

    I really like the contrasting colour for the collar of the cardigan, definitely inspired me, hehe! And the pink sleeve on theT-shirt adds fun to it. I found the sleeves quite wide too, so my aim is to narrow them as well.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! I’ve already adapted the pattern to get narrower sleeves but still need to cut the fabric. Will be featured soon, hopefully!

      Reply
  8. mahlicadesigns

    Yay! Win on both. They look good together.

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! Yes they do, but I like the cardigan even better with something black underneath.

      Reply
  9. Joy

    Agreed, 100% win!!! Well done!

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    • Emmely

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  10. knitnkwilt

    I had to go back and see. Yes, you have much improved upon the drawstring top!

    Reply
    • Emmely

      Yes, no regrets that top doesn’t exist anymore 😉

      Reply

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