Blanche x Blanche Review: Jamie Ready to Sew Cardigan

Blanche x Blanche is a new PDF pattern e-shop offering a curated selection of PDF patterns in both French and English. The pattern range is quite extensive with popular companies such as Named Clothing and Ready to Sew, as well as Indie pattern designers like French Navy and Coralie Bijasson. They aim to make sewing accessible for home sewists with good value patterns, which allow you easily create a handmade wardrobe. I found it simple to select patterns using the Category or Designer drop down menus and enjoyed finding some new patterns to add to my ever-growing wishlist! The hashtags for each pattern are also helpfully linked so you can find more inspirational projects on Instagram.

Here are some of my favourites from the Blanche x Blanche collection:

The Calyer Pants – French Navy

This pattern has been on my list for ages, I love the clean simple lines of this style. It looks great made in a solid coloured linen as a neutral staple piece.

Perkins Shirt – Ensemble Patterns

The Perkins shirt is a stylish boxy shape with interesting gathers on the shoulders.

Coralie Bijasson – Emma blouse

A beautiful blouse with pretty statement sleeves.

Iris May – Robin Dress

A pretty pattern for a little girl, I also love the Josephine cardigan by Iris May.

Jazz Jumpsuit/Dress – Ready to Sew

The sleeves on this dress make a real statement and the pattern has a number of different options which makes it very versatile.

I was provided with a pattern of my choice and decided to make the Ready to Sew Jamie cardigan. I made both versions, the shorter version with 7/8th sleeves in black wool and a hip length ochre French terry cardigan. The 7/8th length sleeves actually ended up being full length on me, so I cut the same length sleeves for the second one, but it ended up being slightly shorter than wrist length for me because the second version has a narrower cuff.

The pattern was easy to follow and I enjoyed the playlist which is provided in the instruction booklet (you can follow the link and it plays on Youtube). Both versions were fairly quick to make and the balloon sleeves are a stylish detail. I will definitely wear these a lot, although I need to think about how to style the hip length one.

For the yellow version I used See You At Six French terry with matching ribbing for the cuffs and hem/collar bands. The ribbing had the necessary 20% stretch, whereas the black fabric didn’t, which made it a bit hard to fit the bands correctly.

I used dark pink vintage buttons on the black cardigan which add a touch of colour.

Thanks for reading and I hope you will go and have a look at the beautiful range of patterns available on the Blanche x Blanche website!

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