Pattern Review: Auden Cardigan
Today’s review is full of firsts. This is my first pattern from Jennifer Lauren Handmade, the cardigan I’ve ever sewn, and my husband’s first item of clothing handmade by me! What a treat for us all because he is seriously handsome even though he hasn’t gotten comfortable modeling yet. That will come with time because after making this Auden Cardigan I’m sure I’ll be sewing for him much more.
Jennifer Lauren Handmade’s pattern has a similar look to Wardrobe by Me. They are nested nicely, appear to be evenly graded, and have trued corners. The pattern includes separate pieces for the different views and places those pieces on their own set of pages to print. The pattern clearly lists which pieces you need for each view and what pages to print to get those pieces. The pattern includes lots of notches for matching the pieces together as well as placement markings for buttons, button holes, and elbow patches.
The Auden Cardigan also has both body measurement and finished garment charts for selecting the correct garment size.
I made a Medium for my husband based off his measurements. He likes his sleeves long since he has longer arms, so I added 1.5 inches to the sleeve length based on the finished sleeve chart. The sleeves ended up too long and I probably only needed 1/2 inch if any extra.
I used french terry from Simply by Ti for my version. Through the body, the cardigan fits pretty well. It is slim fitting, but not tight. The button placement feels a little off. The placket is a subtle ‘Y’ shape to make the v-neck. If I lined the buttons up to the bottom, the bottom button hole would run over the hem, which seemed really odd. If i slid the button guide up so the bottom buttonhole wasn’t on the hem, then the top button extended past the ‘trunk’ of the ‘Y’ onto the ‘arm’. I elected to slide it up so buttons were not on the hem. I think that is creating some small pulling from the top button.
Personally, I feel like the Auden Cardigan could be an inch or so longer on my husband. He says he has a long torso, but didn’t have any other cardigans I could measure to compare to. I guess having a cardigan is a first for him too!
The sleeves look off mostly because I lengthened them too much, but my husband also feels they are too wide. In the future I will slim down the sleeves just by the wrist. The bicep and upper arm area was just fine.
The modern raglan sleeves fit really well through his shoulders. And even though there are some fairly big curves to sew around, the notches make them pretty easy.
All Jennifer Lauren Handmade patterns have a strong retro/vintage influence, including the Auden Cardigan. Take a classic 1940’s man, mix him with a modern millennial, and you’ll get an Auden Cardigan. The button down, slim fit, v neck cardigan has classic style lines with a little bit of modern. The raglan sleeves (they are called saddle shoulders in the pattern) aren’t your typical raglan and I happen to love the lines they create. Plus, my honey looks really good in raglans.
I think this is a good pattern. I’ll be happier when I get the fit just right, but I’m pretty happy with how my first garment for my husband turned out.
- Pattern: Auden Cardigan
- Designer: Jennifer Lauren Handmade
- Style: Slim fit, V neck, button down, cardigan
- Fabric: French Terry
- Size made: Medium
- Lengths: 1
- Sleeve lengths: 1
- Sleeves cut on Fold:N/A-these are ‘saddle sleeves’ or what I call a modern raglan
- Alterations/Hacks: Yes-I added 1.5 inches to the sleeves, which was too much.
- Clear Instructions: Easy to follow with illustrations
- Seam Allowance: 3/8″
- Layers: yes
- Trimless: No
- Dislikes or desired changes? My husband feels like the sleeves are too wide, even taking into account that I added too much sleeve length.
- Sew again? Yes
- Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I like the shoulders and the slim fit. And I love how professional the pattern pieces are with lots of notches for lining up the pieces.