The Julia Sweater by Compagnie M. is quick and easy to sew and super comfortable (yet stylish!) to wear. It’s an awesome sewing project (suitable for beginners to dressmaking!) that can be finished within an hour (cutting AND sewing!).
NOTE: I am not affiliated with Compagnie M. and I have not been compensated in any way to write this review. I purchased the pattern and wrote my review based on my own experience with the sewing pattern. All opinions are my own.
About this Sewing Project
May I introduce my new favourite sweater: the Julia Sweater by Compagnie M. I recently stumbled upon this independent pattern designer and I’ve got to tell you, it’s been a while since I’ve got this excited about finding new sewing patterns. The owner and designer behind the patterns is Marta. She creates modern sewing (and knitting!) patterns with a vintage twist for kids and women (PDF and paper patterns!). Seriously, I can’t stress enough how happy I am about finding Marta’s sewing patterns.
Sewing Pattern for the Julia Sweater (women)
First, I would like to mention that you can get this sewing pattern in 4 (!) different languages (English, French, German, and Dutch) which is absolutely awesome. The instructions are very easy-to-follow with detailed descriptions and lots of coloured pictures.
It’s a very versatile pattern with dolman sleeves and large cuffs. There are several options to customize it and make it your own. First, you can choose to either sew a basic sweater or one with a split front and/or back. You can then decide whether you would like to add:
- one or two faux button plackets (basic sweater)
- a tunnel pocket and/or buttons at the shoulder line (split front/back sweater)
- a basic neckline, wide neckline, deep neckline or a folded collar (basic sweater AND split front/back sweater)
My Version of the Julia Sweater (women)
The sewing pattern is available in several sizes and you can either get the version for teens/women OR children (1-10 years). I purchased the PDF version for teens/women (which can be found here). The pattern to be a bit on the large side compared to standard clothing sizes and/or other sewing patterns. According to the measurements, I should have been a size 14y. However, I decided to cut a size XXS because I didn’t mind the sweater being slightly bigger than usual.
When I first found this sewing pattern, I immediately knew that I wanted to use this rose/cream coloured striped jersey fabric from Backstitch. I’ve been saving it for the right sewing project (for over a year!). My fabric didn’t have that much stretch but it was totally fine since I made the sweater bigger anyway.
For the cuffs and waistband, I used cream coloured fabric from a local fabric store. I had to improvise a little as the lady from the fabric store gave me only 0.5 m instead of the required 0.7 m. Unfortunatly, I only noticed it back home but decided to start sewing anyway as I didn’t want to go back to the store. Therefore, I ended up making the cuffs slightly smaller than a size 12y. I’ve got to admit, I was a little concerned that the cuffs won’t fit me but I was worried for no reason. They are a little snug but fit me just fine. For the waistband, I used the recommended amount of fabric.
Remember when I mentioned earlier that I made the XXS version instead of the 14y version of the sweater because I wanted it to be a little bigger? Yeah, turns out that I should have gone with my actual measurements to start with. Oh well, next time.
I made the basic sweater and didn’t need any notions except coordinating thread. If desired, there’s an option to add buttons (shoulder buttons or faux button placket).
Tips & Tricks
As usual, I HIGHLY recommend tracing off the patterns for easy re-use later on. And yes, trust me, you will make this sweater again.
One more thing, as you can see, I made the basic sweater (instead of the split sweater). As a result, I ended up with horizontal and vertical stripes. Therefore, I HIGHLY recommend to cut the fabric extra carefully and match the stripes perfectly.
The pattern itself was a breeze to assemble and sew. I would usually use PDF patterns for babies/kids clothing but not for adult clothing as it takes forever to assemble them (and I don’t enjoy this particular part of the sewing process very much!). Having said that, although it was a bit of a pain putting it all together, it was totally worth it. Honestly, I think this is the easiest sweater I’ve ever made. It would be a GREAT pattern for beginners to dressmaking. Seriously, it took me about AN HOUR TO CUT AND SEW (!) the basic version of the Julia Sweater. I used my overlocker to sew the sweater from start to finish but – obviously – you could also use a sewing machine.
I love the finished look of the sweater. I think the pattern design is perfect. It’s super comfy yet stylish. Honestly, I’m wearing it all the time. Also, although it’s a slightly wider sweater, it is nicely fitted. I have made two more versions of the sweater (for my best friends – they love it!) and I will definitely make more versions in the future. In addition, I have made the kids version of the Julia Sweater for my friend’s daughter. It’s incredibly cute. Seriously, this is such a great sewing project and I highly recommend this sweater to anyone who loves to sew.
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