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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jalie Cocoon cardigan!


  1. Jalie 3353 - Cocoon Cardigan


Have you seen this pattern?  It is a newer one from Jalie that I don't see a lot of chatter about in cyberspace.  I wonder why?  It's darn cute, looks unbelievably comfortable and is current.  It also looks like an amazingly fast sew.  

Here is a description from the Jalie site: 
Dolman-sleeved, loose-fitting open-front cocoon cardigan with banded round hem that is longer in the back. Cuffed sleeves that stay put when you lift them.





So I made this quite a while ago and put it in my potential wad pile.  What didn't cause me to completely scrap it was the gorgeous sweater knit I purchased from Emma One Sock and it was a little pricey.  But oh, isn't it pretty?  It is a wool blend and grey, both attributes I love on their own, but put them together?  Winner winner, chicken dinner!  



Wait, there is NOTHING wrong with the pattern at all.  I had never used a sweater knit before and didn't realize it just might need some special handling.  



This is not just loose fitting but very loose fitting but I knew that going in so I typically made about a size S or T with Jalie but this one was smaller and I am glad I made it that way!  Maybe it is partly due to my fabric choice but it just seemed like it is still huge but in a comfy and cozy sort of way.  I actually really like it!  



This does go together easily but with my choice of knit and my inexperience in using a special fabric such as this, I had some raveling as it is just like a real hand knitted garment and it can come unraveled!  So, I had some places where the unraveling occurred.  Today I took it apart and sewed an insert on the shoulder seam using a little bit of extra fabric I had left over--thank goodness I don't throw every scrap!  It worked great and adds a nice little design element.  

I can't wait to wear this beauty!  

Thanks for reading! Sue 

8 comments:

  1. I put this on my wish list as soon as it came out and have been waiting to see it sewn. I have a RTW cocoon cardi that I absolutely love. This one looks luxurious and soft!!!

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    1. I hope you try the pattern nakisha, it's great!

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  2. Gosh you've been busy! This looks like a lovely cardi. I'm interested to hear of the different handling required by this type of fabric. I'm just learning that some fabrics need very special care! I've bought a couple of cardigan patterns that I need to make before I buy any more! One is a Muse pattern which I'm excited to see is drafted for tall ladies!

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    1. Thank you Anne! I will have to check out Muse patterns. I haven't heard of them. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Sue, I love seeing all the things you create. They are lovely and I like your write ups - easy to follow and good detail. I remember you from Katherine Tilton's class Beyond the Arty Tee and the cool things you made then. Glad to see you haven't stopped and glad I found your blog.

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    1. Well thank you so much AC! I had so much fun at that class! Can you reveal your identity to me? :)

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  4. I like your cocoon. I have this pattern, and might just make it up someday.

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    1. Thanks Marysews! I hope you do make it up! It's super fast and fun!

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