Oct 272014
 

A couple of weeks ago, when I was in the middle of an I-must-sew-all-the-things-for-our-trip to-do list, I wanted to procrastinate with the Jenna cardi pattern I’d just bought. Since I had a lot of fusion jersey sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee (it was listed as coral, but sure looks orange to me), I thought it would be fun to make a bright orange cardi for my sister — that way, I’d strike off an item on my to-do list since I needed a present to give her during our trip, and also it would be funny to make her a sweater that would make it easy for her kids to find her in crowds. heh!
orange jenna

I made a hip-length variation A with long sleeves in a size 32. My sister is quite a bit smaller than me and the “coral” jersey had NO stretch, so I hoped that would fit her. (Spoiler: it did, yay! She had enough room to put on a couple of thin layers underneath, which is fine since she gets cold easily.) In a bit of sewing geekery, I was stoked that since the fabric is 70″ wide, I could cut the whole thing out with only one yard of fabric!
jenna cardi layout

I really like the extra duper long sleeves and nifty button band. I don’t have enough experience to know if this is normal, but I sure appreciated being able to use regular woven interfacing for the button band… one day I’ll get around to buying knit interfacing, but I’m not there yet. For a couple of seconds, I thought about stealing this cardigan for myself, but the pictures convinced me that it was too small for me… hello armpit wrinkles!
orange jenna cardi, front

… and hellooooooo back wrinkles! I’m looking forward to making one or two for me, but now I’m wondering: my measurements put me between the size 32 and 34, and when I make it in a normal knit (one that stretches), do you think I should make the 32, the 34, or go all out and blend them (nooooo!)?
orange jenna cardi, back

  3 Responses to “orange Jenna cardi”

  1. So cute! I really need to get a serger so that I can sew some knits. Your cardigan looks like it came straight from a high-end boutique. 🙂 I like the details on the button band too.

  2. And hey, she could dress up as a traffic cone for halloween, bonus! 😀

  3. Love it! Gorgeous colour. 🙂

    With the sizing using a stretcher fabric – it’ll fit more loosely if you use a fabric with more stretch to it. (I’ve got a couple of Jenna’s made up – one used fabric with a lot less stretch and definitely came out smaller than the ones with more give!)

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