One of my most worn newly mades this summer has to be a cap sleeved Julia cardigan. After making a lovely fluffy long sleeved Julia cardigan & loving its style lines, its ease of construction & well, being able to whip up a cardigan without having to develop knitting super powers I had ear marked this as rather a useful pattern. So if you want to make one this is the Julia cardigan, Mouse House creations, available here on Etsy.
As part of my summer wardrobe plan I had planned to make the cap sleeved version – a lightweight breeze inhibitor- out of some very light weight jersey. Yes, photos of me wearing it were taken on location 🙂
Now as well as sleeve options, this cardigan also has hem options for the massive circular piece of hem/ collar that envelops the cardigan’s body. You can either cut two of all hem/collar pieces to make a double hem (ie it is self faced) or using a single layer, make other arrangements for finishing the raw edge. I didn’t have enough fabric to make a double hem so I had to go for the single layer & use my overlocker’s rolled hem stitch to finish the edges.
I really like the result for such a light weight fabric actually, but top tip if you choose to do it this way – think about the construction of your circular “hem” pieces.
I realised that the collar’s centre back seam needed to be wrong sides together, as it folds over when you wear it.
The side hem seams I put together right sides together. Do you see what I mean? Looking at the pic below – the cardigan’s collar CB seam is at the top – you can see the edge just curling over, but apart from that you are looking at its right side. To 5 o’clock & 7 o’clock you can see the side hem seams- wrong sides showing.
Apart from thinking that through, the Julia cardigan is such a dream to make – a quick make- all overlocked seams. I like this capped sleeve version too & am thinking of making it up as a present for someone in a knit knit for a spot of autumn layering over long sleeved t-shirts.
I’ve worn it loads over the ever present Maria Denmark Signer halter dress & tops. I’ve also used it as a little more layering over sleeveless dresses at work & love that look too. This has proved to be a wardrobe essential- are you tempted?