Wow, it’s crazy that I’m just now getting around to blogging about these cardigans. I made them during my Back 2 Basics week back in June and I have worn them a lot since then.
This great basic pattern has been making the rounds of the blogosphere the last several months and likely needs no introduction: The Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations.
I have made both the long-sleeve and cap-sleeve versions of this cardigan, and I love them both! Not surprisingly, I’ve been wearing my cap-sleeve version a lot more lately since it’s summer, but as the weather gets cooler, this long-sleeve pink number will be appearing a lot more often.
I wish I had something cool and fun and innnovative to say about this pattern, but I really don’t. It’s a great pattern and the kind that gets a lot of use in my wardrobe. I particularly love this style of cardigan. It is undoubtedly work-appropriate, but doesn’t feel so buttoned-up that I don’t reach for it on weekends. In fact, I probably wear one of my Julia Cardigans almost every day.
I made size M in both the long-sleeve and cap-sleeve version, and I think the fit is great. It’s perfect across the shoulders and fits great in the hips. The only change I made was to narrow the arms in the long-sleeve version. I had read somewhere (can’t remember where now) that the long-sleeve cardigan has a bell-sleeve and it gets pretty wide at the wrists. I would annoy the bejesus out of me, so I took affirmative steps to narrow those puppies when I traced my pattern.
The mint cardigan is made from a basic cotton/spandex jersey from Girl Charlee. Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s a good neutral color. This goes with almost everything. Cotton/spandex jersey is great to work with — no surprises or difficulties and everything goes together really smoothly.
The pink is a sweater knit from Michael Levine. The color is gorgeous (it’s basically the color of Pepto Bismol — I love it), and it’s very soft. It was really stretchy though and sweater knit can be a pain to work with. And for some reason the band ended up with funny wrinkles in the back. I’m pretty sure this is due to the fabric because I’m sure I didn’t stretch it at all while sewing.
But I don’t mind it enough to not wear the sweater.
For all of my Julias (there’s a third not pictured here), I made the “doubled-over” version, which basically requires you to make a band that you sew around the bodice pieces to create the shawl collar. This version is kind of a fabric hog. The pattern calls for 2 yards of 58″ fabric and you need it. I really don’t think you could squeeze the banded version out of much less than 2 yards. But I really like the finish with the band, so I just made sure I had plenty of the fabrics I wanted to use.
These are very quickly becoming my go-to cardigans that I reach for nearly every day. I think my closet may need a couple more before winter!
Pattern: The Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Modifications: I narrowed the sleeves on the long-sleeve version since the pattern is drafted with slight bell sleeves. Too much width at my wrists really annoys me.
Fit: Great. Fits perfectly across the shoulders.
Pattern Format: PDF pattern, and the pieces are pretty large. It was kind of a pain in the rear to piece together.
- Easy construction. I can sew the entire thing on my serger. And no closures to worry about.
- Great style for work and weekends.
- Easy fit. With no closures, you don’t have to worry about it fitting over a bust — the shoulder fit is definitely most important.
- Fabric hog. You really can’t get away with much less than 2 yards if you make the banded version. And there is a lot of fabric waste in that 2 yards. It’s kind of inevitable with how the pieces needs to be laid out.
Overall Grade: A. I wear cardigans a lot, and this is a fabulous option. Easily some of the most worn handmades in my wardrobe!