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!).
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 and 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. So let’s talk about the Julia Sweater.
Sewing Pattern & Instructions for the Julia Sweater
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.
The Julia Sweater by Compagnie M. is a 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 (a) one or two faux button plackets (basic sweater), (b) a tunnel pocket and/or buttons at the shoulder line (split front/back sweater), and (3) a basic neckline, wide neckline, deep neckline or a folded collar (basic sweater AND split front/back sweater).
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). By the way, I find the pattern to be a bit on the large side compared to standard clothing sizes and other sewing patterns. According to the measurements, I should have been a size 14y but I decided to cut a size XXS because I didn’t mind the sweater being slightly bigger than usual.
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 you could also use a sewing machine (obviously!).
Fabric for the Julia Sweater
When I first found this sewing pattern, I immediately knew that I wanted to use this rose/cream coloured striped jersey fabric from Backstitch (one of my favourite online sewing stores!) that I’ve been saving 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 nice lady from the fabric store gave me only 0.5 m instead of the required 0.7 m of fabric for the cuffs and waistband. I only noticed at home but decided to start sewing anyway as I didn’t want to go back to the store.
I ended up making the cuffs slightly smaller than a size 12y and it turned out that I was concerned for no reason. The cuffs fit me just fine. For the waistband, I used the recommended amount of fabric but would probably reduce it just a little as well for my next Julia Sweater. 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.
One more thing, as you can see in the pictures, I made the basic sweater (instead of the split sweater) and ended up with horizontal and vertical stripes. I gave it some thought beforehand whether I was ok with it but decided to go ahead since I kind of liked the look. If you are also planning on sewing the basic sweater with stripes, make sure to cut your fabric carefully and match the stripes perfectly.
Final Thoughts on the Julia Sweater
What do I love about the Julia Sweater by Compagnie M. (gosh, where do I start?!)? Well, I do not only love that it’s a quick and easy sewing project but I also love the finished look of the sweater. I think the pattern design is perfect. It’s super comfy yet stylish (I’m wearing it all the time!). Although it’s a slightly wider sweater, it is still nicely fitted (yay!). I will definitely make this sweater again but first I’m going to sew one of the other patterns by Compagnie M. (just need to decide which one – stay tuned!).