Today I'm excited to share with you my review of the Auden cardigan by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. I signed up to Jennifer's pattern reviewing list awhile ago and when I saw the opportunity to stitch a pattern for a man, well I jumped at the chance! I can't actually believe that I've never done any bloke sewing. Well, perhaps I can, seen as there's just too many lovely lady patterns out there and I'll admit right now, sewing is my selfish time. Any way, I received the pattern in exchange for a review and the following is my honest feedback.
As well as it being a rare pattern for something for the fella in your life, I loved the retro style that definitely echoes my favourite era of the 50s. For that reason I chose a soft buffalo plaid, medium weight fabric, as in my head I saw this project having that cool, vintage preppy look about it.
Working in short shifts, this pattern took me a week from print out to finished garment. I believe I could do the next one much quicker, I'd say easily in a day.
My model is tall, so I went for the XXL size. I liked the saddle shoulders and it had a nice fit across the back. For the next one I would make it longer by three to four inches and lengthen the sleeves for a better fit. I wanted contrasting cuffs with this version so I used black fabric, next time I’d like to have turn up cuffs to match. He didn’t want buttons as he prefers to have cardigans open anyway so I'm also saving that feature for my next attempt.
I’m really pleased with the construction of this garment. The pattern was easy to follow and I adore the way in which the sleeves are stitched. My notches did go awry when fitting the sleeves but I think that was my own fault. This fabric frayed for fun so I lost some of the notches along the way! Next time I will be sure to get the chalk out.
The instructions were very clear and thorough, helped along by the diagrams. I did have a fiddle with the cuffs as I ended up switching it up for jersey fabric, but everything was straight forward.
The Auden cardigan is available as a print at home PDF (which I did) however I will be getting it printed at a pattern shop for a more robust copy. It took a long time piecing them all together but the paper placement diagram was helpful in getting the pages in the right order. The sizes were easy to read and clearly marked out.
I enjoyed stitching up the Auden cardigan. It was a nice change from sewing women’s or children’s items. I also donated one of my favourites from my fabric stash to this cause and I’m pleased with the results. I’m already planning the second, which will have buttons and turn up cuffs for the full classic look.