Julia Cardigan

Julia Cardigan

I wear cardigans constantly, so I’ve been itching to make cardigans for a while, but I really don’t have the patience to knit one. When the Perfect Pattern Parcel #6 came out, I was really excited to see the Julia cardigan pattern. After seeing Julia Bobbin’s version, I desperately wanted a black sequined cardigan. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the right fabric at Fabric Outlet, so I settled for this (much more versatile) sheer black slub knit. I’m excited with how this turned out, since this is only my second project with knits on a sewing machine – the Marlborough bra was the first.

…I might be a little overambitious sometimes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If the background here looks familiar, it’s because I took the photos at the same time as the Bicycle Belladone photos. I’m still trying to figure out if I should sort my blog posts by project creation date, or blogging date. I realize that it totally messes up RSS feeds if I insert posts randomly, but the neat-freak part of me really wants to organize this chronologically, as my sewing skill increases. It’s the same motivation that leads to me obsessively git rebaseing everything.

Clearly, the answer is for me to just suck it up and blog things as I make them.

I’m a big fan of this pattern – it was really easy to put together. Easing the sleeves was suuuper easy because of the stretch – no fiddly matching notches and curves while stretching and hoping.

I’m not particularly excited about the insides. The cardigan is put together with a simple zigzag stitch with navy blue thread on black fabric. :/ I didn’t have any black thread when I started this, and I really wanted a cardigan made for the next day.

This has me gunning to play with more knits, and convinced me that I really should just get a serger. Knits are not as scary as the look, but I’m sure that sergers are exactly as complicated as they appear. I think my next big knits project will be a Colette Moneta.

In the tradition of me modeling my clothes on silly makeshift dress forms, here’s a bicycle rack. You can see how the collar lies better in this image.

The fabric’s quite sheer, and lovely to work with. I have no idea what the fiber content is, since I bought it at mystery fabric warehouse (aka Fabric Outlet). Here’s a caltrain bench for you.

Fabric // Mystery sweater knit from Fabric Outlet

Pattern // Julia Cardigan



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