The Saunio cardigan is number 2 on the Sew My Style project line up and the first Named Clothing pattern I’ve ever used.
I can’t say I’m very impressed with the pattern to be honest. The fabric suggestions are incredibly vague so I decided to use a light weight, polyester voile so that it would be a nice, spring/summer cover up.
As I’ve not used Name Clothing patterns before, I didn’t know how they lay out their patterns. I wasn’t happy that I had to trace off all the pattern pieces after sticking together the PDF in the first place. This is because they’ve layered every pattern piece over at least one other pattern piece! Seriously, why would you do that?!
I chose the size small to trace and make up. The cardigan itself sewed up lovely and quickly. I used my overlocker for the side seams, the sleeves and attaching the facings because my normal sewing machine was in the shop for a service. Once I got my machine back, I used this to top stitch the facings in place and do the hems.
So my verdict – yuck! Hate it. I can’t decide why I hate it though. The fabric? I love the khaki colour and the texture, but it’s not overly comfortable.
The pattern? I hated tracing it. Seriously, that kinda takes the piss in my book. I don’t mind if I’ve got to trace one or two pieces or if I’m grading between sizes but having to trace the whole bloody thing, irritated me no end.
The finished garment? It’s too loose and boxy for my liking plus no closure. I don’t think a waist tie will work, mainly because I hate waist ties!
Whilst this one may be a failure, I’m unsure if I want to make another. I’d love to know your thoughts on this pattern… do tell!!