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Monday, January 22, 2018

Another Helene Cardigan

Yes, I am into repeating patterns lately.  I am working hard on reducing my out-of-control stash and the best way for me to do that is pull out fabrics that I had a plan for when I purchased them--sometimes based on a previous pattern I made and then dive in and sew them up.  That's my MO lately and darn if it isn't working!

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So, here is one of my latest favs....the Helene cardi by Jalie.  Have you made this yet?  It is a fun, fast, and stylish make.  What more can you ask for?  Here is an image of the pattern:

Look how darling that is!  Those pockets!  The length!  Perfection! 

I've had this wool sweater knit in my stash for a while.  It is warm, stretchy, and feels soft on your skin.  I am really into this color lately.  It satisfies my need for a darker color in the winter but it is more exciting than black or gray.  I really should branch out a bit more!  :) 

Would you look at those pockets!  They are the perfect depth, they are at the right place, and they are just cute.  Can you tell I like the construction of these?  Just look at the inside and how clever this is! 

I made so few adjustments to this pattern: Sloping Shoulders is it.  When there is a seam at the lower back, or about the waistline, I really don't need a swayback adjustment.  I used Seweyekeys 1/2" fusible stay tape on the edges to hem everything.  That stuff is the cat's meow.  :) 

Isn't this just the perfect length?  

I so love everything about this pattern.  Can you tell?

So, I love this.  It is warm, it isn't black, and it fits great.  What are waiting for if you've never sewn a Jalie pattern?  Just do it!  

Thanks for reading!


  1. Sold! That looks like a great pattern, and very good proportions on you. Can you remind me how tall you are? I’m 5’6. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am a huge Jalie fan too! I think I have ALMOST all their patterns - including this one which I haven't sewn up yet! But you've inspired me to get on that - cardigans are on my list for 2018 for sure. I did make up the Cocoon Cardigan last year which I love and will definitely make more of but it has no pockets. It's almost like a shawl with arms though and in a lighter knit than I used it would be perfect for a cool summer evening. I'm doing just what you are! Sewing from my stash as they say and it's amazing what treasures I'm discovering :)