So, you know when you find yourself down an Instagram rabbit hole and come across a pattern or garment and you think it immediately has to go to the top of your sewing list?! No? Just me?! Well this is what happened to me a couple of months ago! I found the Ready to Sew Jamie Cardigan and fell in love! I love the slouchy style and, of course, the big pockets, and I think it's something that could be dressed up or down.
Despite my self imposed pattern purchasing ban I decided I just had to have this cardigan in readiness for the autumn and spent some of my birthday pennies on it. I've also been keeping my eye on this amazing giant leopard print jersey - we all know how I feel about animal print, now, don't we?! So when it came to choosing my next #scdesignteam project it was as if the stars had aligned!
The cardigan comes in two options - view 1 is hip length with long sleeves and patch pockets and view 2 falls at the waist with slightly shorter sleeves. They are quite economical with fabric with the longer version only taking 1.5m so this was the one I decided to go for to make the most of my fabric.
I was very excited to use my new overlocker skills and constructed the majority of the cardi on the overlocker. This made it super quick to make. The pockets aren't very neatly sewn on as the machine struggled at the corners with the multiple layers of fabric, but nobody will notice that except me. There were a couple of parts that slowed me down, one was the gathering of the sleeves to attach the cuff. For some reason my long straight stitch just wouldn't gather in this fabric so I ended up removing it and hand sewing my gathering stitch which worked absolutely fine in the end. And the button holes were a bit of a nightmare because the thread kept breaking half way through and I had to unpick the whole thing and start again... at least three times!
But despite these issues I absolutely love it and need to make the short version now! The fabric, kindly gifted to me from the Samantha Claridge Studio shop, is gorgeous and soft and the perfect weight for the kind of project. And it's quite a statement piece in this fabric! And that just makes me love it more! Nothing like a bit of leopard print to jazz up a pair of jeans! The day I took these photos it was 26 degrees outside, but two weeks before on my rainy summer hols in Cornwall it was a lovely cover up in the evenings when it got a little chilly. Initially it seemed a bit odd to be making this in August but I think it's going to be the first thing I reach for whenever I want an extra layer.