Sunday, January 04, 2015

A year, you say?

We're still here.  Still sewing.  Not been blogging, obviously.

I've mostly been making ponte boat neck frocks and tops, so not great blogging material; great wardrobe material though.

This weekend I made a Jenna cardi in orange merino (from the Remnant Warehouse).  I chose the gathered yoke, waist length, full length sleeve version and used vintage buttons from my button jar. I was a bit nervous about doing the buttonholes.  I don't think I've ever done buttonholes on a knit jersey before.

I thought it would be interesting to try out the singer buttonholer I've had sitting around for a couple of years and never used.

I did some practise buttonholes on scraps first:

and then jumped in.  Of course I got the placement wrong on the first buttonhole on the actual cardigan and had to unpick it, grrr!  Which made some holes in the merino of course.  So the first buttonhole is messy now, but it's all learning, right?  

The finished cardigan:

The sleeves are a bit too wide, but I've run out of orange thread so I will take them in later.  The hem band at the waist is a little out of alignment too, even though I was careful; not sure what happened there, although by the time I get to wear it I might have forgotten about it.  That's what I get for sewing winter clothes in summer.  I'll probably wear it with the lower buttons unbuttoned too, so it won't be obvious hopefully.

I love this pattern!  I have some gorgeous magenta wool jersey (also from the Remnant Warehouse) which I think I will use to make my next version, once I decide on hip or waist length, three quarter or long sleeve, gathered yoke or no....


MaryEllen said...

I've had my eye on this pattern for awhile - thanks for all the tips .

MaryEllen said...

I've had my eye on this pattern for awhile - thanks for all the tips .

Gail said...

I've seen this pattern twice this week and loved both versions. I might have to add it to my ridiculously large collection.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious - I love the Muse patterns but their sizing table says it's drafted for someone 5'10". Yikes, that's tall!

Did you find it too long in the body? (And what height are you if you didn't?)

Love the cardi, btw, it looks great!

kitty said...

Hi tropicalthreads, thanks for your comment!
I'm 166cm tall, which is between 5'5" and 5'6" and the waist length cardi fit me perfectly as drafted, and I'm short waisted! The pattern instructions include finished length measurements so I say go for it, because you can check the length before you cut out.