It’s safe to say there are designers I can rave about. I know when I buy their pattern its going to be a good one! Straight Stitch Designs is one of those those designers. Her patterns are easy to read and come with helpful tips. I love the layout of her patterns. They are always clean, crisp and simple. I like the more simplistic PDF’s. I feel like they are straight to the point and more classy (is that weird to say about PDF patterns!?!) than the ones with all the fancy lettering and sparkly details. For me I like getting straight to the point. The ones that are fun and flashy get me side tracked. Maybe I am too ADD or something. My friends say I am kind of like a squirrel, very hyperactive.
Anyway, off the squirrel tangent…. all that explaining leads me to the point of: Kimberly’s patterns are top notch. You should probably go check out her site now. She does really good work.
On to the actual Laurelhurst pattern. I love a good cardigan. I had been meaning to make one all winter and never got around to printing it off and sewing it up. With spring around the corner (hopefully?) I decided I needed to get it sewn up. I had fabric set aside specifically for the Laurelhurst. I love cardigans because they can be worn a good majority of the year. Fall, winter, spring…I live in them.
The Laurelhurst features a fun and flowy front and three sleeve lengths. It also includes a shorten lengthen line to further customize it. For my first one I choose to make the long sleeve version. I have major monkey arms and the sleeves hit at the perfect length for me. I did end up adding 2″ to the length because I like longer tops. I love how the pattern includes a body measurement chart and a finished garment measurement chart. It makes doing customizations so much easier. When a pattern has both, it makes me very happy!
It sewed up super easy and quick. The pattern as is does not include hemming, but she does throw in some guidelines and tips if you do want to hem it. When I got done I was like, yay no hemming! But as I wear it, I don’t really like the raw edges. My husband even noticed and said you should hem that. It’s totally a personal preference, but I will most likely go back and hem the edges. I feel like it gives it a cleaner finish.
I love how cozy and warm it is. I know there will be many more Laurelhurst’s added to my wardrobe!
Size sewn: 4
Measurements: Bust: 34″, Waist: 29″, Hips: 39″ Height: 5’6″
Fabric: Ponte De Roma, JoAnne’s
Modifications: Increased length by 2″. Will end up hemming the edges.
Am I the only one who can’t resist a good old twirl? I mean really, it’s perfect for twirling around like a little girl!