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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review of the new Charlotte Jalie 3900 cardigan pattern

As I said I think last post I am interested right now in adding more basics to my closet. Life is pretty much grab and go these days. 

For this reason I really responded to many of the patterns in Jalie's new spring collection. These are wearable classics, no cold shoulder tops in the bunch, and will be good soldiers in my wardrobe for as long as I need them.

The Charlotte cardigan is one of these patterns, and as one of my favourites the new line, the one I have decided to lead off my reviews.

Here is a the line drawing and a shot of the pattern pieces:

This is a simple cardigan, long or chopped version, with or without buttons.

I made the longer version, another 3" added to the length to go with the proportions of my tall figure. I used a rayon/poly novelty knit I had on the shelves for quite a while and had no idea what I was going to do with it. Turns out this was a great choice because when the sleeves are pushed up, as mine usually are, it makes sort of white band things I think look cool.

Most definitely this is a pattern that I will be using over and over again.

I see some room too for playing around with the design. 

The bands on the top of the pocket, cuffs, and the bottom band could be made in another fabric or colour, and the square corner at the neckline could be softened with a more curved edge or even cut down into a V.

Such a useful pattern.

As it turned out I had some fabric left over so I dug out Jalie 3245 and did the racerback tank, with the back racer back redrawn a bit for more coverage over my bra straps. I haven't worn a "twin set" in a while but this one will be really useful packed for travelling. I am likely to be wearing it Tuesday when I fly down to Nashville vis Newark, figure it will be perfect for warmth on the plane and I can take off the cardigan if Tennessee is hot:


leannslessons said...

I love love love this set and I too am always looking for ways to be comfortable in different temperatures (both inner and outer).

Anonymous said...

Very nice Barb, both pieces. Safe travels and enjoy that wee grand baby.

Sarah Wale said...

A super-comfortable and still smart duo. I can visualise the pocket trim and a front-and-neck trim made of a firmer fabric (maybe printed cotton on a plain knit? Red cotton for a blue and navy stripe knit ... the possibilities are endless). I sometime find that pockets sag - my husband tells me it's because i put too much in them - so often reinforce them this way or with a double layer.
Ah yes, pockets ... why are there so few in purchased women's clothes? It should be against the law to sell pants or jackets without them! Not every pattern includes them, either, but surely they should; not everyone has the experience to make them without, though your book gives excellent advice on the subject.
Have a good trip,

Sonja said...

What a beautiful classic and stylish twinset.

Kaye said...

Your outfit looks really good. What pattern are your trousers?