I opted for the Hélène, a great basic open-front cardigan with a few fun and thoughtful details: horizontal in-seam pockets, a lower back panel that flares out ever-so-slightly, and a high back neck to keep you warm.
Those details are what really make the cardigan shine! The pockets are cool looking, but are also quite practical because they are anchored into the side seams so they don’t flop around. A small, but clever detail!
Similarly, another small detail in the Hélène pattern makes a big difference: the shaped lower back panel. Rather than just taking the easy route with a rectangular lower back piece, the designers at Jalie have given it a slightly curved shaped, almost like a quarter circle skirt. This little detail allows the back of the cardigan to hang smoothly over your bum!
Size-wise, I went with an AA graded to BB at the hip. Also, after a quick tissue fit of the sleeve, I decided to do a 1” full bicep adjustment to ensure I could wear the cardigan over another long-sleeved shirt. Those were some slim sleeves! It all worked out well, though. The cardigan is perfect for layering!
The Blake cotton jersey fabric worked quite well with this pattern. This jersey takes a press quite impressively, which is unusual for jersey. I was able to get really crisp edges on the pockets and the hems, which is important because not only are the bottom of the cardigan and sleeves hemmed, but also all the way up the front and around the neckline. I just used a zig zag stitch for my hems, which worked perfectly and blended right into the print.
I’m really happy with how this Hélène turned out! It will work easily with many other pieces in my wardrobe and is the perfect transition piece for fall. It will help you get another month of wear out of your summer dresses (it looks pretty fabulous with my True Bias Lodo dress) or wear it with jeans and a t-shirt as I did here (my Union Street Tee and skinny-fied Birkin Flares).