Today I’m joining Sewing with Ti in her Cardigan Round Up to talk about my favorite cardigan pattern. I thought I’d share about my favorite by doing a pattern comparison, So…
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A theme here at mahlicadesigns with the aim of pairing similar style patterns against each other in a friendly showdown to see which pattern better suits me, all while working through my pattern stash.
The Melissa Cardigan features a pieced dolman sleeve, fully faced rounded collar, and roomy fit.
The Julia offers cap, 3/4, and full length set in sleeves, options for fully faced or one piece rounded collar, and casual fit.
Melissa: Size chart is on website, but not in the instructions. Print/scale checks are throughout the pattern so you can always be sure the pattern printed correctly. The size lines are in color, so if printing in black & white it can be tough when the lines are tight together. The instructions for garment construction are clear and easy to follow.
Julia: Instructions for construction are clear and easy to follow. The pattern has a few pattern markings to help line up pieces and are useful for stripe/pattern matching.
Melissa: Great overall fit. I shortened the sleeves 3in, a typical adjustment for me.
Julia: Runs small. I made one size up and ended up with the right fit. It feels tight to me at the back neck, I think the back neckline needs to be scooped out a little. Not a fan of how the fabric puddles at my hip.
Melissa: The loose fit open front cardigan style is very on trend, but dolman sleeves are not for everyone.
Julia: The open front cardigan style is very on trend. Long and short sleeve options are included.
Melissa: Time; 2.5 hours Cost; Fabrics $10 Pattern $6 About 2yd @ 60in wide
Julia: Time; 2.75 hours Cost; Fabrics $5.50 Pattern $6.95* About 2.5yd @ 60in wide
Melissa: Colorblocking of collar and sleeves. Variety of fabrics can be used.
Julia: Colorblocking of collar and sleeve length options. Need fabrics with stretch.
For me, the Melissa is the winner. The Melissa is an overall better fitting pattern, has my favorite sleeve style, a better fitting collar, and longer length.
*$6.95 was my price through Up Craft Club for the Julia Cardigan. I received the Melissa pattern for free from Zierstoff Patterns.