Jenna Cardi and the Indie Pattern Month on The Monthly Stitch

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The Monthly Stitch is a lovely sewing community that has gone global from its origins in New Zealand. It runs theme-based sewing challenges every month, and members share their creations on The Monthly Stitch ‘s blog. Every June each year, is Indie Pattern Month (IPM) which you can read all about here.

I opted for the PDF pattern swap, and got the Jenna Cardigan by Muse Patterns. I confess, my first reaction was “meh” but purely on the basis that handmade cardigans are usually crocheted or knitted, rather than sewn. But what’s a pattern swap without an unexpected suprise? Also, the pattern instructions helpfully suggested fabric options such as lace which I had never worked with before.

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There are two length variations (waist and hip length), two front variations (a gathered yoke or one piece) and three sleeve lengths (short, three quarter and long).  I went with hip length, one piece and three quarter length sleeves. I had initially planned to make the cardigan in lace, and use cotton knit for the cuffs, neckline, hem and button bands. But sewing lace panels together proved beyond my skill and I had to throw the shell out after my bodice was wildly mismatched at the seams.

 

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So I decided to swop the material around and keep the lace to the sleeves.

Voila!

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I managed to put everything together on an overlocker, and only needed to use my sewing machine for top stitching the button band and neckline. I opted for poppers rather than buttons, as I wanted to wear the cardigan pronto. I also opted out of sewing on the cuff bands to show off the scalloped edges of the lace.

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I’m very pleased with the fit. Especially the lace sleeves. It’s my first time sewing with lace and I was worried my seam allowance would go haywire and I’d end up with over-sized sleeves (and personally, I think there’s nothing worse than lace which is too loose!)

Despite my initial misgivings, the Jenna cardi is now my favourite cardigan! The lace sleeves have added that touch of handmade uniqueness, and is nice and light for those sunny Summer days. I’m looking forward to making this again, and will perhaps muster up courage to make it with a lace bodice like I had originally planned!

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Summary:

Pattern: Jenna Cardigan by Muse Patterns

Fabric: Stretch lace and cotton knit from Croft Mill Fabrics

Notions: matching thread, Prym poppers

Pattern alterations: Modified sleeves with no cuffs

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