By Kate Hegedus- Sewing From Scratch
With the chilly spring we’ve been having here in Saskatchewan, winter jackets are still out in full force (you know, for those huge outings to the grocery store and stuff). But those odd days where the sun is shining enough for us to shed the parka, it’s still nice to have a cozy layer to block the infamous prairie wind. The Cozy Cardi is just perfect for this!
Version 1 – Knit
I made this version in a size medium with luxe french terry from The Fabric Snob. It’s beyond comfy and dreamy to wear! This one was a gift for my nurse cousin, but it almost didn’t make it to her! I’m not a huge cardigan person, myself, although this one may have converted me.
(Me wearing my cousin’s new cardigan – hehe)
I didn’t make a single modification to the pattern and I won’t for my next one, either! It is drafted beautifully and makes for a quick project and gift idea. I really like the unique front/back with the straight/curved hems.
Version 2 – Woven
I’ve been envisioning a light, flowy swimsuit cover-up to wear as I float ethereally down the beach this summer. We spend a lot of time at my parent’s cabin and recently acquired a “shared” motorhome of our own, so a functional and stylish summer wardrobe is an absolute must!
There were a few things I was looking for, in particular, on my search for the perfect cover-up pattern.
- Curved back hem
- Dolman/batwing sleeves
- Knee length or longer
The cozy cardi fits the bill! So I decided to go ahead and try it in a light woven cotton-ish fabric as a muslin for my dream garment.
The only thing I did to adapt the pattern was to size up to a large. Everything else stayed the same until it was time to fit. The sleeves were still quite tight, so I chopped 2” off each sleeve end. This allowed the sleeves to slide easily over my forearms and elbows, although they are still a bit restricting.
For my next version, I’ll do the following:
- Stick with the large as a base, but draft the arms larger in width at the hem
- Extend the front sides to curve nicely to mimic the back hem (maybe)
I think these modifications will give me the look I’ve been picturing and blend well with a super weightless fabric like chiffon or georgette. Can you picture it? I’d love to see yours!