Juniper Joy!

I was so excited to be chosen by the lovely Jennifer Lauren to review the Juniper cardigan. I’d been eyeing up this pattern for a while; I absolutely love the Gable dress and top! So, when I got the email through I did a little squeal of delight!

I decided to get this pattern printed at the copy shop at the end of my street… I’m actually embarrassed to say I hadn’t done this before! Really straight forward, plus I got to feel a little bit smug about helping a local business. Not the cheapest way to go though…

I made my first in lovely grey Ponte, which came out a bit small- I cut a size 12 of View 2, the longline. I even treated myself to a biiiig set of snaps- any excuse to expand my sewing box!

I messed up a bit with the snaps and because it was my first go it wasn’t perfect but I loved how it came together!

Next I made View 1 in some lovely jersey from Girl Charlee in the next size up.

I really like this version. I added 2 inches to the length (I’m 5′ 8″) as I’m never very comfy with tops which come up short. It came out so well! Perfect with jeans for doing all the running round I need.

My seven year old, Martha, then suggested making a version with lots of different coloured snaps. Seeing as I’m an infant school teacher, I thought it sounded awesome! (She has put in a request for one EXACTLY this same now, seeing as it was all ‘her idea’!) I had some textured black stretch in my stash and so it came together in less than two hours! A credit to Jen’s instructions, for sure!

Also, practice made perfect with the snaps- by doing the top and the bottom snaps and then doing the inbetweenies- it’s common sense to everyone else I expect, but I got there in the end!

I really like this pattern; the instructions are clear and easy to follow, the construction comes together really well and the fit is good! I’ll definitely be making more, maybe some which are better suited to Spring, when it finally arrives! But first…. off to have a go at some other patterns from Jennifer Lauren Vintage that already in my haul. My husband really likes this and seeing as I already have the Auden pattern waiting, so it might just zip up the list.


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