For as long as I’ve been sewing, I’ve been wanting a nice cardigan pattern. The desire has really amped up in the last year, though, when everyone started knitting these cute cropped cardi’s. I tried my hand at knitting last year, but while I would love to do it, I just don’t have the patience – it’s like trying to learn how to snowboard when you’re a skiier. I don’t want to be falling over on the beginners slope when I know I can be carving on the advanced slopes.
Finally, though, I have my pattern, and I couldn’t be happier.
Jenna Cardigan is the first pattern from the new Muse Patterns, spearheaded by Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes. It’s described as “a fitted, round neck, button-up cardigan with two length options (hip or waist length), three sleeve options (long, 3/4, or short), and optional shoulder yoke detailing.” It costs $12 USD for the PDF but Kat has kindly offered a 15% discount! Available for the following 1 week. Just use the code “CURVES” once you get to the paypal screen.
The design, I think, is beautiful. It is “vintage inspired” which some people love and some people dislike, but it also looks modern. It has the plain variation A as well as the freaking cute yokes on variation B – which looks like the PERFECT place to add some appliques or embroidery.
There are lots of different ways to make the cardigan (long or short, plain or yokes, sleeve length short, midi or long. So there’s 12 ways) which is great – but does mean that there is no definitive yardage suggestion or layout. I made my two versions with just over 1m of 150cm wide fabric. Kat does provide the required yardage for each pattern piece which you can add together but keep in mind this wont be 100% accurate (will probably over-estimate how much you need)
I prefer the short version because it looks best over dresses and high waisted skirts, and because I have a very narrow waist compared to my bum/hips, which can make fitted knits look weird at the side seams. And I like the 3/4 sleeves because I dislike clothing over my wrists!
There is no mention of a difficulty rating. I think this could be tackled by a beginner/advanced beginner – there was nothing particularly challenging about it, and you could do it even if you don’t have much experience with knits.
I would like to see a V-neck variation, as mostly I wear it with the top few buttons undone. I asked Kat about this and she said she considered it, but it would have been way more pattern pieces to include – but she will be doing a few posts on how to alter it to a v-neck.
I thought the PDF went together really well, lines matched up nicely. It’s condensed well so you don’t waste much paper, and Kat provides a guide to help print only the pages you need.
Muse Patterns designs for an hourglass figure, so keep that in mind. And they also go up to a size 48″ bust, hooray!
Because it’s a knit, sizing WILL depend on how fitted you like your garments. I have a 40″ bust and 32″ waist but I made mine in the size 36, which fits well in the shoulders/sleeves etc, but I will need to add a bit extra at the front center to stop it gaping. It does mean if you have a 50″ bust and you like yourself some negative ease, you could easily make the size 48 – or you could make the size 48 and add to the center front before adding the button band.
If you’re big busted, I wonder if it would be worth going by your high bust measurement for the back/sleeves/waist, then cutting a size or two bigger for the front piece? I’m very small busted so don’t know if that would work, but that’s probably easier than doing a FBA on a knit cardigan!
Instructions are good. Good photos which means that if you’re more advanced you don’t need to read the instructions each time, you can just glance at the photos if you need a reminder. But they are detailed (and concise) for beginners too. I read through the instructions before the pattern was released and couldn’t find any errors, in fact (I usually give at least a page of feedback).
Remember to check your fit before attaching the button band, as you put the waist band on first – you might want to make it smaller.
I constructed mine purely with my overlocker, using my regular machine to top-stitch and do the buttons/buttonholes. When attaching the button band I found it worked best if I basted it on with my regular machine, so that the top of the band lined up with the top, and vice versa – with the overlocker it was really difficult to get this precise (I got a gap between the two because I couldn’t keep the fabric together) and I had to kind of “push” the buttonband into place when top-stitching.
- Good size range, going up to a 48″ bust
- I love the bloody design! It’s exactly what I’ve been pining for all these years
- Different variations so you don’t look like you’re wearing the same cardigan every day
- Doesn’t use much fabric so you can use more expensive fabrics, if you want (hello, merino)
- I would like to have a v-neck variation, but I do believe there will be instructions on how to do this later on
- Can be tricky to line up the button band easily
- Buttonholes can be tricky on knit fabric, so be careful!
- I can’t think of any other cons. I seriously lovelovelove it.
I just need to stop gushing or you’ll think I was paid for the review. I LOVE IT. What do you think? Do you think you’ll try it out?
Use the code CURVES to get 15% discount on the pattern, for 1 week!