I made the Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations with a few modifications….
There are two trends right now that I was completely obsessing about. Oversized cardigans and textured coats… Couldn’t be more excited to match them both on the same make!!!
Let’s talk fabric first. Mid october my local sewing club and I had a shopping day out and we visited Plush Addict open day. I normally get my FOE from them but I didn’t imagine the range they had until I got lost on their warehouse. I was particular intrigued by all the “plush” fabrics and bought 1, 5 metres of this emerald green.
I confess that at first I was questioning my initial judgement. Isn’t it too dressing gown, pjs like fabric. The idea was to use the jersey as the outer fabric and the plush inside, hidden to keep me warm. I actually had a plan to sew another Lola dress. How volatile my sewing plans are… My brain don’t stop extrapolating combinations of fabric and shapes. Plans aren’t final until I finish!
Modifications: I made size L, slashed and spread the pattern an extra 31 cm, used the XXXL width of the collar and back bottom pattern. As I wanted to avoid the velvet showing up when I worn the plush side I cut it smaller, leaving a little bit of plush fabric showing when I wear the jersey side up. I’m really delighted that it worked out exactly as I imagined. I been wrapped on this cardigan daily!
Ohhh Mister Hefner, you cannot steal my cardigan!!!
During the sewing process I keep calling the cardigan “my bear” because plush fabrics does make me think of teddy bears but HRH insisted that I should call it a smoking jacket. During the whole sunday afternoon at the pub he teased me about it. In his indiscretion he also described the one I shawl sew for him in the future.