Monday, February 29, 2016
Pattern Review: Jalie drop pocket cardigan
I love layering pieces and this is a great one. I (Major Moma) first heard about the Drop Pocket Cardigan at on the blog Baste and Gather. I thought it would be a good addition to my girl's wardrobe and something I can sew over and over again.
Pattern Source: Jalie is a Canadian pattern company that sells both paper and pdf patterns.
Sizes available: One of the best aspects of Jalie patterns is the size range. This pattern runs from girls to plus sized women ... 27 sizes in all. How is that for a pattern for all of your girls?
Special materials required: The drop pocket cardigan is designed for knit fabrics and has a slim fit on the arm so you cannot deviate from using a knit. Also, the front is doubled up so you should probably veer away from anything too bulky. Jalie recommends knit with 40% stretch across the grain and 20% in the length.
Skill level required: The construction of the front was not obvious to me and I had to read the instructions a couple of time. So, I would not recommend this pattern to beginners. But, once I started putting it together, it was a quick sew and I did not make any mistakes. So it is not too advanced.
Good: My tween loves the length and the deep pockets. It is a comfy and stylish layering piece.
Bad: The instructions have limited illustrations and so it is imperative that you read the instructions before you start and then as you go.
Overall pattern rating: I would give this pattern 3 and 1/2 bolts. It would be higher if the instructions were a little better.