Sewing the Julia Cardigan

Sewing a Julia Cardigan |Sew outnumbered - a wardrobe staple!

You can never have too many cardigans! They are such a versatile wardrobe staple that when I saw this pattern for the Julia Cardigan a while back I knew I had to have it!

And I’m SO pleased I did!  Not only was it quick to sew but I did the entire thing on my overlocker!  Ahhh, overlocker I {heart} thee…

Here’s my low down on this project:

Pattern:

Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations

I chose the 3/4 sleeve with a doubled-over collar (to avoid the need to hem).

Size & Fit:

For size, I went for a medium based on my (breast-feeding enhanced) bust size.  I was actually a border-line medium/large but as this is loose fitting cardigan, the fit is very forgiving.

I’m really happy with the fit.  It’s flattering without being too tight.

Sewing a Julia Cardigan |Sew outnumbered - a wardrobe staple!

Fabric:

To be honest, I’ve had this pattern for a while but struggled to find the right fabric.  I really wanted to try a Hacci Sweater Knit, which I discovered is what a lot of sewn jumpers are made from.

We’re quite limited here in Australia (Perth particularly) for decent knits.  There’s a store in Nedlands (KnitWit) which stocks lots of good quality knits but I found the prices a bit higher than I was hoping to pay , particularly for sewing up a pattern for the first time (around $25/metre).  If I’d found exactly what I wanted then I would have gone for it, but the colours etc weren’t really what I was after.   (I did however find a fabulous cheap remnant of modal knit that I used for my Parisian top – score!)

In the end I found a much cheaper version on fabric.com which I decided to add into an order that I was already doing.  It was a polyester blend and I usually prefer cotton based so it felt like a bit of a gamble but turns out it was really lovely and soft.

The colour is perfect for me.  I know,  I know, grey is boring…but it goes with everything!!

Instructions

The instructions were really clear and easy to follow and there was a photo for everything, which I love!

Sewing a Julia Cardigan |Sew outnumbered - a wardrobe staple!

Difficulty

Definitely beginner.  It’s a really basic construction – sew shoulders, attach sleeves, sew side seams, add cuffs, then the collar.  That’s it!  If you’re looking for a beginner knit project then this one’s for you.

I sewed the entire thing on my overlocker which made it even quicker with a professional finish but obviously less room for error.  If you’ve ever had to unpick overlocker seams you’ll know it’s a b*tch!

Sewing a Julia Cardigan |Sew outnumbered - a wardrobe staple!

I’m thrilled with this cardigan and know I’ll get loads of wear out of it.

I’m also thinking for summer I’ll try cropping the length and sewing the extended cap sleeves.  It would be the perfect shrug to wear over maxi dresses and singlets.

Be sure to check out my Sewing: Grown Up Girls Pinterest Board for more inspiration.

Happy sewing!

Nat

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