Black and White Polka Dotted Jenna Cardi


This is my first make for myself in 2016! I’ve made a few cardigans before (see here, here, and here), but this one is a different style. The Jenna Cardi is a nice complement to the Julia Cardigan already in my pattern. My two Julia cardigans are more casual and flowy,  whereas this style is more traditional. I tend to wear the Jenna cardigans with jeans and pants, but I thought this cardigan would be more appropriate for dresses and higher-waisted skirts, which I tend to wear more often.


This fabric is wonderful. I’ve had my eye on it for a while now. It is a reversible black and white knit, woven so that it has stripes on one side and polka dots on the other.  What more could you want? Well, it’s also super soft because it’s a rayon-cotton blend. I first discovered this fabric while roaming Joann’s back in 2014 when picking out fabric for a failed wrap dress. After almost pulling the trigger and buying it every couple of months, I saw a piece of it in the remnant bin. There was just one yard in the bin, but I bought it with hopes that there would be enough to make a cardigan.


Once I got home, I reread the pattern and saw that it calls for 55″ of fabric for a short-sleeved, waist-length cardigan. Yikes! I knew that I wanted to make the waist-length version with 3/4-length or full sleeves. For some reason, Muse Patterns’ fabric allowances are designed for the largest size. This is probably convenient for some, but for the smaller sized among us, it means we either buy way too much fabric, or have some anxiety about  not buying enough fabric. Fortunately, it all worked out this time. For the record, one yard is exactly enough to make the waist-length, 3/4 sleeved, version A cardigan. I had to cut the waistband in two pieces rather than one, but everything else fit just fine.


Hoping that this cardigan would become a wardrobe staple, I took my time with construction. After cutting it out, I serged all edges of every piece so that I wouldn’t have any raw edges. After that, it all came together quickly. Within a day I had a nearly ready-to-wear cardigan. My progress came screeching to a halt, though, when it came to the finishing touches: buttons and buttonholes.  I’ve never had much trouble with the buttonhole function on my machine before, but it just would not cooperate with this fabric. I took it to my friend’s house to give her machine a go instead. Her Janome wasn’t thrilled with the fabric either, but it did manage to make the 6 buttonholes.


I definitely see more of these cardigans in my future. It fits really nicely without any modifications, and I’m always cold and layering up. There are currently a few holes in my cardigan game…most notably in the neutrals category, so watch this space for more cardigans!


Pattern: Jenna Cardi by Muse Patterns in size 32
Fabric: 1 yard reversible black and white knit (82% rayon, 18% cotton) from Joann’s
Notions: 6 buttons from a thrifted button-down
Cost: $9.99 fabric + thread from stash  = $9.99 ($21.99 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 5 hours

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