I have been signed up to Jennifer Lauren’s pattern testing group for quite some time now. I would excitedly see the announcements about the need for testers, but every time I was always too late. When she let everyone know that she was preparing a men’s cardigan pattern I jumped at the opportunity hoping that I would finally make the cut. I did! So I am here today to tell you all about how amazing this pattern is.
Here is the official pattern description:
I used a non-stretch sweatshirt knit that I found at Joanns. It is super soft and warm. I had never worked with something like it before, so it was a new little sewing challenge! Since there are only about seven pattern pieces, it was pretty simple to cut out. Due to the almost fluffy underside of the fabric, I ended up having to use a standard marker to trace around the patterns but since it was all in the seam allowance, I didn’t mind.
I have to say, I didn’t know before I signed up to test the pattern that it didn’t have set-in sleeves. After being sent the line drawings, I got super excited. (As in, “explained it all to my forbearing, uninterested husband” excited.) I LOVE raglan style sleeves! I find them way easier to sew than trying to get that perfect amount of ease on the set-in style.
All in all, it was a very simple sew. The hardest part was sewing the buttonholes. My machine decided it didn’t like the loftiness of the button band, and started being really weird about making nice buttonholes. It made me so mad! I wanted the cardigan to turn out absolutely perfect and here was my machine, getting temperamental at the worst possible moment. Somehow, I managed to make it work well enough that you can’t see the slightly wonky spots.
I used some brown buttons from my stash. I initially thought that I didn’t have anything that would work, but when I laid these out on the cardigan, I discovered that I actually liked it. I am normally pretty bad about picking buttons or trim that doesn’t match the fabric exactly. I can’t always tell what makes a cool design feature and what just looks bizarre.
I found using this pattern to be an adventure. It wasn’t my normal style of sewing project, but I truly had a fun time making it up. Since it started cooling down, my husband wears it almost every day for work. It’s a great layering piece that he can wear when it’s chilly, and easily take off when he gets to the office. I would even go so far as to say that this is my favorite garment that I have sewn for him so far!
Jolly day to you!
*Disclaimer: I was not asked to write a blog post review about this pattern. I received a free copy of the finished pattern in exchange for my honest feedback during that pattern testing period. All opinions expressed are my own.