Category Archives: Cardigans

Old Gold Ponte Roma ‘Jenna’ Cardigan

I have had the pdf pattern for the Jenna cardigan by Muse patterns on my computer for a long time. Finally, I have printed it off so that I can make a cropped cardigan to go with my full-skirted dresses.

Jenna View A with long sleeves
Jenna line drawings

I copy from the website the description of this versatile pattern:-

Jenna is a fitted, round neck, button-up cardigan with two length options (hip or waist length), three sleeve options (long, 3/4, or short), and optional shoulder yoke detailing.

The waist-length version is designed to go well over skirts and dresses, coming down over waistbands and then letting skirts flare out unimpeded.  A wide hem band harks back to cardigan and jumper styles of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

The hip-length version is great over shift dresses and trousers, and includes a hem band to help it hang well whether worn open or closed.

Variation A has plain shoulders for a classic cardigan style. Variation B gathers gently into curved front shoulder yokes for a subtle 1940’s touch.

Full length and 3/4 length sleeves are finished with cuffs, while short sleeves are finished with a simple hem. Full length straight sleeves come down past the wrist and are designed to be wide enough to sit comfortably over the lower part of your hand.

Mix-and-match length, sleeve, and shoulder options to create up to 12 different styles.

I chose to make View A with long sleeves using just 1.20 metres of 150cms wide Old Gold-coloured Ponte Roma purchased from Girl Charlee Fabrics’ sale a couple of years ago.

I made the size 48 as that seemed to correspond exactly to my measurements. I made the entire cardigan on my sewing machine as the overlocker is still threaded with Black in anticipation of the next dress to be made! Nevertheless the cardigan came together very quickly.

During the construction I made a couple of alterations and have noted some changes for the next iteration. I found the shoulders very wide and have trimmed a good ½ inch from the width and reduced the sleeve cap to correspond. The sleeves were shortened and next time I will slim them down at the wrist and/or make the sleeve cuff narrower so that they fit closer to my wrists.

Like many of the photographs on Pinterest, I have added KAM snaps as fastenings although I very rarely button up my cardigans, the snaps do finish off the button bands nicely.

Jenna cardigan in Old Gold Ponte Roma

The colour of this Ponte Roma coordinates really well with several of my dresses. Now that I know what to expect from this pattern I will order some more fabric in other colours to make cardigans to go with dresses in my wardrobe.

Completed 17th February 2020.

Elmira Ballet Wrap Cardigan from Seamwork

Rose Pink Viscose/Spandex Jersey from Sherwoods Fabrics

Inspired by a wrap top worn by Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It, I purchased 2.5 metres of this lovely Rose Pink printed jersey from Sherwoods Fabrics. In their sale, the fabric was just £4.99 per metre and would be ideal as a wearable toile. For the pattern I chose ‘Elmira’ using my subscription to Seamwork magazine.

Elmira Ballet Wrap Cardigan

Here is the description from their website:-

If you’ve been looking for the perfect, multi-season cardigan, then look no further. Elmira is a cropped, fitted ballet wrap that has you covered in all four seasons. In a lightweight jersey, Elmira is just right for summer and spring. In fall and winter, a medium weight sweater knit or French terry enables Elmira to adapt to your changing wardrobe. With each season and wardrobe combination, Elmira has you covered.

According to the measurement chart, I fitted exactly into a 2X and this is the size that I prepared. As the front bodice and the waist ties need to be cut 4 times, I copied those two pattern pieces again so that I could lay out all pattern pieces in one go. Following the layout meant that I had approximately 30 inches x 60 inches wide of leftover fabric that I will try and use for a basic tee top or if there is insufficient yardage, a Savannah Camisole, also from Seamwork.

I followed the construction method to the letter and I am pleased with the end result, especially the double layer for the bodice fronts and the cuffs on the sleeves. There are however, a couple of things to be changed for my next make.

The overall fit of the cardigan is fine but I find the ties are too long. Next time dependent on the weight of the fabric, I will reduce their length. I found the method for attaching the front bodices to the back rather ‘clumsy’. In future I will enclose the back bodice shoulder seam between the two layers of each bodice front. Also, I do not like the internal fastening of two small buttons and thread loops. I will find an alternative for that.

My Elmira Ballet Wrap Cardigan in Rose Pink

I have a particular fancy at present for soft pink. I need to check out my wardrobe and find a dress or skirt to compliment my new cardigan so that I can wear it at least of couple of times before Autumn sets in with a vengeance!

So that is item 2 of my list completed, now onto the next.