I made this Cardigan for my husband Peter who is pictured wearing it out in his garden.
Fit: I made the XXL size and the is fits beautifully across his back and shoulders. Peter has quite broad shoulders. I did try to do the “beer belly” adjustment that was on Jennifer Lauren Handmade blog but went back to the straight XXL as I think this fit better (this fabric is quite stretchy for a sweater knit). The sleeves are a little long but with the cuff folded up they are ok. The tummy fit is a problem always but it is comfortable and looks ok.
Construction and instructions: Overall the instructions are quite good and straight forward to follow. I had a problem with the marking of the notches on the front pattern piece they did not seem to meet the sleeve notches …. there was a discrepancy of about 1 to 1.5 cm I think. I also had problems attaching the back to the sleeve the notches matched ok but I had trouble working out where the to match the top of the sleeve with the back, I picked up my error when I tried to put the facing on and found it did not fit, but I unpicked and was able to sort it out. I under stitched the facing and then top stitched, both of these I just used an ordinary machine straight stitch. The rest of the seams I sewed using a four thread overlock on my Babylock overlocker (this makes it a very quick sew and the seams remain stretchy). The hem was stitched using my Bernina coverstitch machine (this is a luxury to have but the hem is very stretchy and the finish is beautiful).
Pattern Printing: I love the way these Jennifer Lauren Patterns print into chunks of pages that are easy to tape together rather that one massive sheet. I like to trace my patterns and us 60 cm wide tracing paper for this. I do keep my originals, I fold them up and store them in a box. I am happy to print out onto A4 paper and now prefer this to tissue paper patterns (still quite like those ones that are printed onto proper white paper).
Other thoughts: I am really quite interested in sewing clothes for my husband. It would be a dream to have a choice of different front pieces to cater for the belly in the same way as Jennifer Lauren’s women’s patterns cater for different cup sizes! Ooh and you know what else would be fantastic is a vest or waistcoat pattern. Yes I know other Pattern companies have them and I have made the Threadtheory one, but a really good one that includes a choice of front pieces to cater for different body shapes would be a winner! After all our partners need to look as glamorous as us.
Here is an action shot … Peter’s thoughts are that he thinks this is a wearable garment and that a cardigan is good for autumn or spring and would be useful for travelling or going out in the evening as it is a garment that is quite light and easily taken off and stored.