It's time for another BundleUp sale and I'm so happy to introduce you to a "new to the Bundle" designer! Jocelyn Thurm is no newbie when it comes to PDF patterns, though. Her shop, Foo Foo Threads, is known throughout the land as the go-to place for all things ruffly, girly, and twirly. I'm so glad that she is representing froufrou with her Adeline Knit Cardigan, Top, and Dress.
I've done several Foo Foo Threads knit patterns in my time and Adeline is just as great as the rest! Jocelyn's patterns always explain everything in detail and include lots of pictures for you to see exactly what she's doing. Unique styling and copious options make this pattern worth every single penny, no matter how you BundleUP!
As a side note, we had a great babysitter named Adaline, and we would always replace Caroline with Adaline when singing "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond if she was coming over. So now we'll do it when Miss L wears this sweater. Because that's what happens when you're one of THOSE people that just randomly blurts out songs, and then you MARRY a person that randomly blurts out songs. So now we've spawned children that do the same.
Let's break down the basics for you:
- Options for cardigan, top, and dress with several sleeve (sleeveless, short, and long) and ruffle variations.
- Intended for mostly knits, but you can add woven fabrics on some elements.
- Ranges from size 0-3M to 10 (!!!)
- Separate files for pattern pieces and instructions.
- 15 digitized pages to print, including a taping diagram.
- In-depth instructions make this a great pattern for an advanced beginner.
- Approximately 2 hours to complete the simplest version.
For my cardi, I opted for plain, long sleeves, one button at the top, and a single ruffle on the hem. Adeline is unusual for a knit pattern in that the bodice is lined. While this does give an amazingly tidy finish, you will want to make sure that you take your time when stitching the bulkier places together. You know, so you don't break a needle or something. Ahem. You might also keep your climate in mind when making this, as the extra layer of knit makes the garment extra cozy.
I hope you love this pattern as much as my sweet girl did. I'm definitely looking forward to sewing more versions of Adeline!
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I taught myself to sew over 30 years ago, and in the last several years, have been enjoying the PDF pattern revolution. That started when my granddaughter was born and her mother requested outfits found on Etsy. I wanted to make them, and so began my venture into PDF Patterns.
I am very impressed with this pattern! The construction of this cardigan is extremely well done. I can’t say enough about this cardigan – I won’t go back to my “Big 4” paper pattern to make a cardigan again! You really have to make this one to appreciate it!
The pattern sizing is 0-3 months through 10 which means you can dress your newborn too!
The Cardigan front and back bodice is lined, the collar adds that extra special touch, and the result is a well-made comfortable fitted garment. An intermediate sewer should feel confident with this pattern as there are more steps involved such as button holes. However, an advanced & confident beginner can use sew-on snaps or even Kam Snaps in lieu of buttons. If anything, the construction of the cardigan will help you to develop your sewing skills and learn cleaner finishes with lined construction.
I made long sleeve cardigans, one with a banded hem and one without. Three sleeve options are included: long, short or sleeveless. Sleeveless looks fabulous on the top or dress! The bodices are designed to button-up, but you can make substitutions with other fasteners.
I just had to use the fabric panels somehow, and still keep the drop waist design of the Adeline Dress. Click here to see how I used Foo Foo Threads’ Four Seasons Knit Peasant Dress & Top to accommodate the fabric panels.
The pattern instructions are lengthy & thorough – which is important information to provide to the sewist looking to improve her skills. I appreciate the effort Foo Foo Threads puts into making each step of the instructions – from choosing your knit fabric, gathering supplies, understanding measurements and fit, etc. – even though the information is more than I (personally) need. It is pattern instructions like this that encourage and enhance the sewing knowledge of those working to become advanced sewists. Bravo!
Please, please try this pattern! You will come to appreciate the knowledge you gain from it and the hard work put into making this pattern for you!
For more info on the BundleUp Girl's Edition that runs from January 23-February 2, see our intro post!