Finished: Blue Ginger Doll Bonnie

9 Dec

Over the last year or so, I’ve ended up buying quite a few jumpers, as it seems I had a bit of a hole in my wardrobe. While I haven’t bought many RTW clothes since I started sewing, I don’t mind these ones too much – they are all cashmere ones that I got from a couple of awesome stalls at the market in Oxford for ridiculously cheap prices – 5 cashmere jumpers for £20 anyone? They are all lovely, and so warm and cosy! But I did want to make an effort to add some jumpers to my handmade wardrobe as well. I have started knitting a jumper, but that is hardly a quick way to make additions to my wardrobe!


When I saw Marie’s version of Blue Ginger Doll’s Bonnie pattern, I knew this would fill a hole in my wardrobe. When Abby announced the sewalong, (you can see the sewalong entries and cast your vote here) that was the push I needed to actually get on and sew one up!


The fabric is a…I want to say sweater knit, but I have to say, I’m not particularly up on my knit fabric types, and often have difficulties deciding what kind of knit they actually are! Regardless of what it it, it’s a gorgeous fabric – it’s a nice weight – just thick enough for something like Bonnie, without being too bulky, and it feels quite stable. It came from the Fancy Silk Store in Birmingham when I was up there for the SewBrum meet up. I just checked back on my post about that meet up, and I helpfully didn’t mention how much it cost, and of course now I can’t remember! I think it was about £6/m, maybe £5. If it was any less than that, I’d have bought more than 2m, and I don’t think it was any more. It was originally destined to become a Renfrew, but when Bonnie appeared on the scene, I thought it would be perfect for that.


I went for pretty much the same options on my Bonnie as Marie’s original one that had inspired me – the cropped length with a waistband, and boat neck. I considered going for the 3/4 length sleeves to match the cropped length of the jumper, but decided in the end to go for long sleeves, as I thought I’g get more use out of it, what with it being cold and all! I’m glad I did, as I really like the way the long sleeves look with the cropped body.


My jumper is actually a bit more cropped than the original pattern – I made it up as per the pattern, but it was just a bit too long – it ended up sitting a bit below my natural waist, but wasn’t wide enough to sit comfortably over my hips, so it bunched up a bit. I shortened it just by running my overlocker around the waistline seam again…and then again. I think I took about 4cm off the seam in total, so about 8cm off the overall length, and I’m much happier with how it sits now. I could probably do with taking a smidgen more off, but I didn’t want to make the waistband too narrow by taking more off the seam.


The other change I made to the pattern was to add cuffs onto the sleeves. This was partly because I thought they would look nice and complement the waistband nicely, and partly because I managed to break the only twin needle I had when I was setting it up to do the neckline. And then managed to drop the broken piece inside my sewing machine and had to dismantle a bit (and turn upside down and shake) to get it out again! I used a zigzag stitch do to the neckline, but I didn’t really want to do that on the sleeves, so the cuffs provided a good alternative. I basically just guesstimated the size of the pattern pieces for the cuffs, and I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out – I like the look!


I love how flat the neckline is sitting – I’m always worried with knits that it might stretch out when I’m sewing it, but this one held its shape beautifully. Next time I’m going to sew a little piece of ribbon into the back neckline when I sew it though, as I can’t really tell the front from the back of this sweater when I look at it! Luckily (it turns out), when I started sewing the neckline, I inadvertently had a pin stuck under my presser foot, which stopped the fabric from going through, and so there’s a patch of very condensed zigzag stitches on the back neckline, which is the only way I can tell which side is the back!


I think what I like most about this jumper is the mix of a vintage-style pattern – the cropped length and gathered sleeve heads definitely lend a vintage feel to it – alongside the more contemporary print of the fabric. I get the cute vintage features without the risk of it being too ‘twee’. Although that’s not to say that a floral version won’t be in my future ;)


After I’d made this, I suddenly have a moment of wondering what I was going to wear it with. It will look great with dresses that have a fitted bodice and full skirt, but it turns out those are the things that I always want to sew but often get pushed down the list in favour of more practical everyday things! But now I have the excuse I need to sew more pretty dresses ;)


I thought I’d try it on with this denim pencil skirt I have, and I absolutely love this outfit! Again, I think it’s the fairly smart pencil skirt with the contrast of the slightly casual star print sweater – I just really like how they work together. I love wearing this skirt, but I don’t wear it much at the moment – I work in an office where there is no dress code, which is great if I’m feeling lazy and just want to pull on jeans and a jumper, but I actually like dressing up a bit smarter for work, and I feel a bit out of place if I’m too smart after being in jeans the day before! This sweater allows me to dress the skirt down a bit which is great. Especially as I seemingly have a continual desire to make pencil skirts, but worry how much use they’ll get.


This is actually the first Blue Ginger Doll pattern I’ve made. I bought Stella ages ago, and had an attempt at fitting it (it was just after I’d done my fitting course), but struggled a bit and it got put aside. I really need to go back to that though as I love that top. I really like this pattern, and the instructions were easy to follow – I had it all sewn up from putting pattern together to finishing the top in an afternoon, although I found the PDF a little tricky to line up in places.


I’m loving the quick wins in my sewing lately – I got one top sewn up on Saturday afternoon and this one on Sunday, and it makes for a very satisfying weekend! Given that I had a nasty cold all weekend, I’m pleased I had some simple sewing that I could manage! I can definitely see more Bonnies in my future, I want to try out some of the other variations!


I’ve actually been really productive with my sewing recently, and have a whole host of makes to show you. The thing that’s holding them up is being able to get photos when it’s dark so much of the time! I took these before work this morning and man was it cold out there! 0°C according to our sensor – chilly! The things I put myself through for my blog ;)

If you’re interested in making your own Bonnie, Abby currently has 30% off all her patterns (until 19th December!).




19 Responses to “Finished: Blue Ginger Doll Bonnie”

  1. Jen December 9, 2014 at 18:07 #

    This is so lovely Kelly! The cropped length is so flattering. Reckon I need to get Bonnie now! X

    • Kelly December 9, 2014 at 18:47 #

      Thanks Jen! I wasn’t sure about the cropped length initially, but I actually really love it – it saves having it bunched up over the top of the skirt. Yes, you should totally make one :) x

  2. Beth December 9, 2014 at 18:44 #

    I love this!! It looks really cute and the fabric is perfect for it. The cuffs are one of the things I really like about it so that was a good choice :)

    • Kelly December 9, 2014 at 18:48 #

      Thanks Beth :) I’m really happy with my decision to use this fabric for this – I love it! And after wearing it all day I’m an even bigger fan of the fabric quality and I want more! I’m glad you like the cuffs – I’m not very good at branching out from the pattern normally but they just felt right!

  3. fionaparker17 December 9, 2014 at 18:54 #

    This is so flattering Kelly! You’ve done a great job and I’d say the length looks spot on perfect. I find it difficult to find/make jumpers/sweaters that I feel don’t swamp me or hide any semblance of a figure but this looks great! I might have to give it a whirl…

    • Kelly December 9, 2014 at 19:32 #

      Thank you Fiona :) I agree – lots of sweatshirt patterns are just a bit loose for my liking, although I have come round to the idea of a slightly baggy jumper with skinny jeans. This one is definitely a nice change from that though, the more I look at the photos, the more I like it! I think you should definitely give it a go, it would look great on you!

  4. SewSouthLondon December 9, 2014 at 19:45 #

    I am really admiring this make. I love the fabric and the fit, as it looks so much smarter than a looser cut. Lovely job!

    • Kelly December 10, 2014 at 20:45 #

      Thanks Rachel! The more I look at the photos, the more I love it! The fit has turned out even better than I expected – I do like a good nicely fitting top!

  5. bedlamandbird December 10, 2014 at 09:40 #

    Great Job, it looks so good, you’ve definitely sold me on the Bonnie!!

    • Kelly December 10, 2014 at 20:48 #

      Thanks Sandesh :) Judging by these comments, I reckon I should be on commission ;) always happy to spread the Indie pattern love!

  6. seamsoddlouise December 10, 2014 at 14:45 #

    The Bonnie really suits you, I like that shorter length it is very flattering. I may have to put this pattern on my want list now!

    • Kelly December 10, 2014 at 20:49 #

      Thanks Louise! I wasn’t sure about the length, but I’m so glad I gave it a go! Well if you want it, 30% off…annoyingly I had already bought mine (and not yet done anything with it!) by the time the sale was announced, always the way!

  7. Vairë Gwîr December 10, 2014 at 18:25 #

    You look fab! It is great to go for casual garments that you know you are going to wear lots, but I’d say go for a fancy dress if you’d like to make one! No chance of wearing it? Well, who cares! Go for whatever makes you happy =)

    • Kelly December 10, 2014 at 20:50 #

      Thank you lovely :) I reckon a good mix of casual everyday wear and pretty dresses is the way to go! You may get to meet Bonnie in person tomorrow…looking forward to seeing you!

  8. Jane December 12, 2014 at 15:25 #

    Ooh this is a lovely version, the fit is so flattering! I’ve just made a Bonnie sweater too, (unblogged as yet), I need to fish out all my high waisted things to wear it with! x

    • Kelly December 12, 2014 at 15:34 #

      Thanks Jane! Yes, the fit is great, and I did nothing at all to alter it – so pleased! I’m looking forward to seeing yours :) and yes, I need to find some more high waisted things to go with it! x

  9. owllaughing April 2, 2015 at 17:21 #

    Your sweater looks lovely! Can I ask what size you made? I’m thinking of making a Bonnie, but I’m a little confused by the finished measurements chart. How did you find the sizing of this pattern?


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