This is the second version I made of the Pattern Emporium Grab A Cuppa Cardi as part of the pattern test. For this one I went much sportier than the last and I love how the look turned out. This is the kinda stuff I live in around the house so I know it’s going to see a lot of wear.
I paired it with a pair of Pattern Emporium Foxy Legs which I will post soon and my Hugs & Kisses Cami of a couple posts back. The pants are not a new pattern from them; just new to me. But this post is about the cardigan. This version (as compared to the gray version) is in a size 4, cropped with the tighter hem band to bring it in a bit more and of course buttons. It’s made out of a deliciously soft organic French terry from Califabrics. I had bought it intending to make some pants like these and just bought whatever they had so I had plenty to make the entire ensemble.
It should be noted that I measure at a size 8, but I made a size 4 here. This is an oversized cardigan. That’s the look, but I like a closer fit. The other one I made a size 6 knowing I’d want to size down and after that I made this one and decided to sized down further. It really depends on your fabric. In a very drapey thinner fabric like double brushed poly or cotton spandex, I would do a larger size since it would hang nicely without adding bulk. But in a thicker fabric like this one, I wanted more of a sweatshirt feel without as much bulk. You can’t really go wrong with the size you measure or up to two sizes smaller! It’s a very forgiving pattern.
The buttons are from Tabitha Sewer and I got them when she first opened and I’m glad I bought 2 sets. I don’t see the stars on her website any more, but she has tons of other cool buttons and so many super sparkly ones. Perfect for adding just an extra pop to an outfit.
The only thing I’m a little bummed about is that I did the buttonholes horizontal. The buttonholes were in development when I added mine so there were no instructions, but in the final version of the pattern the holes are vertical which I think looks a lot better (and I’m not sure why I didn’t think to do that in the first place). It’s not too noticeable and I’ll probably wear it open a lot of the time so not really an issue, but I would have preferred the symmetry of having the buttonhole centered on the placket. I suppose I could always make myself another one — I do have enough fabric — but there are so many other patterns to make first!