Bronte Top & Julia Cardigan (+ Perfect Pattern Parcel #6)!

Pattern Parcel #6 is here! As I'm sure you're going to hear many, many times over the next couple weeks (sorry). But it's for a good cause - so far over $12,000 has been raised for classrooms in need! Plus your purchase supports indie pattern designers AND you get six fantastic patterns at an amazing price!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #6 includes: 

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose
BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

I chose to make the Julia Cardigan and Bronte Top - both great, quick-to-sew, knit basics.

I didn't really realize until I started making the Julia cardigan that I have practically no cardigans in my closet. I used to wear them a lot, but they've been weeded out over the years and never really replaced. So this was the perfect pattern to add to my ever-growing library!

I chose the view with long sleeves and a doubled-over hem/collar. The doubled-over version used more fabric, but I think it's worth it so that you don't have to hem around the giant circle that is the hem/collar piece. It also keeps the wrong side of the fabric from showing around the neckline.

I sewed a size XS and the only change I made was to take about an inch of width out of the cuffs. Otherwise the fit is perfect! I love the deep purple color of the fabric, and I can already tell I'm going to be wearing this cardigan a lot this fall.

The Bronte Top's been on my radar for a few months, so I was happy for the opportunity to try it out! I love the 40s-inspired neckline detail, but since I'm not really a vintage/retro girl I tried to steer it in a more contemporary direction. I think the heathered charcoal gray complements the bold jewel-tone orange rather well, and almost gives it a dressy sportswear look, if that makes any sense.

I made a straight size 6 with no changes. My neckline seems to be a bit higher than the one on the pattern cover, but that may just be because of how I tacked down the shoulder details to the neckline. I looked up pictures of other Brontes and it seemed as though other people had varying neckline depths too. So you may want to pay extra attention to that step if you're sewing one up for yourself.

All three fabrics I used are lovely, drapey rayon knits from my stash. The purple is from Jo-Ann and is the same fabric I used for my Nettie dress. The orange and gray are both from Girl Charlee and have already been used for two t-shirts and a bodysuit. Yay, stash-busting!

Julia and Bronte are both fantastic patterns that I'll definitely make again! This was 'cake' sewing to be sure, but I'm certainly going to get a lot of use out of these pieces. If you'd like to scoop up these patterns for yourself be sure to check out the Perfect Pattern Parcel website - Parcel #6 is available through Oct. 31!

Happy Sewing!

<3 Lindsay

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