Tag Archive: Jalie Hélène cardigan
I have made both of these patterns before and since I liked them both I decided to make a sort of informal pants suit out of the pair of them.
The Hélène cardigan from Jalie is probably one of the most enjoyable patterns I have sewn in a long time. It is interesting to see how it goes together and it provides a more tailored looking cardigan in a knit (which is why my white version ended up being my daughter’s lab coat) than most other patterns.
For this version, since I knew I was going to wear it with pants, I lengthened it by 2″, also helpful as I am tall. I am not sure if I will add that much next time, but it works here.
I used the same ottoman knit for the jacket that I used for the knit Adeline dress a few posts back and I used some rayon challis for the pants. I made these short as per current style and they are so comfortable.
The Talia’s have a flat front and an elastic waist only at the back which is flattering and eliminates bulk where I don’t need it.
A pretty easy pair to sew and very practical.
Next, after many months of doing basics sewing and sewing for folks in the family I am stepping out and trying new patterns to wear in the pool with the kids.
Brace yourself for that one.
Every once in a while a pattern comes along that is just so useful and clever you know right away it is going to be a winner. Jalie’s Hélène cardigan is a pattern like that.
Last Tuesday I went to my local sewing guild meeting and quickly realized that half the women there had already made this pattern. I was on my own to-do list so the next day I cut one out.
Of course the recommended fabric was for something soft and flowy but I didn’t have that, so I just went ahead and cut it out of some cotton ponte just to try it out.
This is an exceedingly interesting pattern, a cool inseam pocket, a sort of peplum at the back and a high neck shawl collar with a simple turned and topstitched edge that I cover hemmed. Since I am tall I added 1″ to the body and 2″ to the hem.
The sleeves were narrow below the elbow, fine for me because I have thin arms but if you don’t, or want to wear it over another top, I suggest you just widen the sleeve below this point, essentially eliminating the distinct taper.
I was super pleased with this cardigan but when I showed it to my husband he said, “very nice but it looks like a lab coat” – due to the fabric of course. I tried to talk him out of this opinion. He retreated of course as husbands do with a “well what do I know?” but of course he had made a point.
A few days later my daughter who is a nurse, a care coordinator in oncology at the children’s hospital, and my niece who is currently living in my basement while she studies nursing, looked at it after Easter dinner and they both said to me,
“Great lab coat.”
And of course my daughter wanted it to wear to work. The fact the style and the fabric were somewhat tailored, but that as a knit it was comfortable and stretchy, were perfect for her work with the kids and parents.
So here my cardigan is in its new life as a lab coat on Katrina at work today.
I am pretty proud of it. And of her:
Maybe not the fabric and use the designers intended but a great result. Katrina now wants three more and said she could have taken orders for 10 more from her colleagues.
So I will be making more of these for my daughter but not before I make a few for me.
Wonderful pattern, just wonderful.