Sometimes the right pattern just comes along when you’re not really looking. I often call in at Emma Garry’s shop in Ilkley and love to see the fabrics and patterns that she chooses and creates.
When visiting a few weeks ago, I spotted a lovely sample of this jacket by Laura Casey at Sew Different, made up in a soft grey checked wool mix fabric. I had already bought some lightweight knit boiled wool from B&M Fabrics in Leeds and the two seemed made for each other. I purchased the pdf version of the pattern as it was somewhat cheaper, I wanted to start sewing and wasn’t planning another trip to Ilkley very soon.
I usually opt for paper patterns, although I’m starting to appreciate pdfs more. For an impatient stitcher, the instant availability of the pattern is a big bonus, despite the time needed to print, tape and cut or trace the pattern pieces (about which I’ll write more another day).
The instructions are sparse, so a beginner might need a little guidance; despite this the shaping and simple sleeves make it easy to construct. The neck is bias bound at the back and the front is lined; the only hems that need stitching are the back body and the sleeves, due to the lining (although I lined the cuffs which reduced hemming even further). The pockets are simple to insert and are a good size.
This style is smarter than my saggy crocheted cardigans but is still very cosy and matches virtually everything in my wardrobe. I enjoy wearing it so much that I have started cutting out another (and have found that it’s just about possible to cut two from 2m of 150cm wide fabric!).