Little Black Cardigan

You may remember that I concluded last week’s post by toying with the idea of sewing a black cardigan to match my Moneta dress. In an unprecedented turn of events, I didn’t procrastinate for a decade and immediately made the cardigan in question. It was a very fast sew: about five hours, cutting the fabric included. And that’s with me being an extremely slow seamstress.

I’ve become much more thoughtful than I used to be regarding my pattern buying habits; it’s now very rare for me to buy a pattern as soon as it comes out. But when Jennifer Lauren released her Juniper cardigan pattern, I could see View 1 become such a staple that I bought it at once without hesitation. It seemed like the perfect cropped cardigan, with such a cute shoulder detail (which you can’t really make out in my pictures — thanks black! — but it’s there).

It was my first time sewing one of Jennifer Lauren’s patterns, and probably not the last since I don’t have anything even remotely negative to say about this one: the instructions were great, the fit is great (even the sleeves are long enough for my monkey arms) and the resulting cardigan looks great! I didn’t print the pdf at home. When there’s a copyshop version included, I usually prefer cashing out to get it printed professionally than spending time cutting and taping an inordinate number of A4 pages. So the fact that there is a copyshop version included is great, too!

It’s a fairly easy pattern, but I still dreaded sewing the saddle shoulders a little bit beforehand. Now that I know what there really is to it, I can tell you that there really isn’t anything to fear: if you can sew a normal T-shirt sleeve, you can sew these saddle shoulder sleeves. The notches were a great help to get everything perfectly lined up. Not only at the shoulders, but everywhere you could need them. I like precision, and this pattern didn’t disappoint.

I cut a size 8 and didn’t make any adjustment. I don’t know that it’s a “perfect fit” and as is often the case I see more wrinkles in the pictures than in real life, on a moving body, but I still wouldn’t change anything for a next version. I also followed the instructions to the letter, except that I sewed everything directly on my serger. I only used a sewing machine to topstitch the neckband (with a double needle) and to make the buttonholes.

About the buttonholes, I stupidly placed the highest one too high: I had marked its top, but I mistook that marking for its bottom, and I only realised my error when I had spaced (and sewn) all the other buttonholes accordingly, so I didn’t bother unpicking it. This means that there isn’t any interfacing under this top buttonhole, but it’s clearly not a big deal since I hardly ever wear my cardigans closed.

The fabric is the same I used for this Ondée top, a cotton/lycra jersey from Tia Knight (on their eBay store, which apparently doesn’t exist anymore). I had thought about using a lightweight French terry from my stash, but I preferred trying the pattern with this remnant first. And now that I’ve tried the pattern, I’m not convinced (even a lightweight) French terry would be the best choice for it: there are places such as the junction of the waistband and neckband where it might be too bulky. But I’m not sure either; maybe I’ll try someday.

The buttons are vintage. I bought them at a yard sale two summers ago, still on their card, and I am so glad to have found a use for them as they are so lovely! Vintage buttons are one of those things that I think make handmade clothing even more unique and precious.

I made this cardigan to go with my hard to match Moneta, but I know it’s going to get worn with so many other outfits. A black cropped cardigan was something I felt was missing from my wardrobe and I had been meaning to knit one for a long time, which I actually still intend to do ultimately, but for the meantime I’m quite happy with this one!


12 thoughts on “Little Black Cardigan

  1. Ce gilet est superbe ! J’adore le détail des boutons ! Je ne sais pas pourquoi ce cardigan n’est pas plus présent sur la toile, la construction des manches le rend original, et il semble aussi très flatteur.
    Je fais partie des revieweuses pour ce patron (justement afin d’aider Jennifer à rendre ses patrons plus visibles sur les réseaux sociaux) mais je suis tétanisée à l’idée d’assembler lesdites manches. Merci donc pour ton avis qui dédramatise un peu les choses (et je suis rassurée de lire que je ne suis pas la seule à avoir les miquettes!)

    • Merci beaucoup!
      C’est fou cette histoire de manches! Elles donnent l’impression d’être bieeeeen plus compliquées qu’elles ne le sont en vrai! Alors que finalement, tout ce que tu as à faire, c’est épingler au niveau des crans, épingler un peu entre les crans en étirant parfois un chouia pour que tout corresponde bien, puis coudre. Donc vraiment rien de plus compliqué qu’avec une manche “normale”!
      Et moi non plus je ne sais pas pourquoi ce cardigan n’est pas plus présent sur la toile, en plus avec ses deux longueurs il y en a pour tous les goûts!
      Bonne couture alors! 🙂

  2. ce cardigan est tres seyant et il va super bien avec ta robe. l essemble est +++.
    je vois que tu surpiques toutes les coutures, est-ce du tissus à sweat ? j évite de surpiquer car parfois ca fait gondoler le jersey. Pourtant c ‘est très joli, ça fait mieux fini

    • Merci beaucoup! 🙂
      Je n’ai pas surpiqué toutes les coutures, seulement celle de l’encolure. Le tissu est un jersey “normal”, coton/élasthanne, le genre dont on ferait des T-shirts, mais pas de problème de gondolage avec l’aide du fer à repasser!

  3. Oh this is perfect! I’ve been hearing a lot about this Juniper pattern. I generally prefer to knit a cardigan, but this is so lovely, I may try to sew this. So glad you were able to make just what you wanted so quickly!

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