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Cozy Cardi Challenge Pumpkin Cardi Reveal

When Amanda from I Sew A Lot, along with Nikki and Rachel from the Stitch Sisters, announced the second annual #CosyCardiChallenge.

Last year for the #CosyCardiChallenge I made the Slouchy Cardi from In the Folds patterns. I had so much fun with this challenge I was excited to join in the fun this year too. 

Review of my Cozy Cardi Challenge make, the In the Folds Slouch Cardigan a quick and easy pattern that also free.
This cardigan has ended up being my office cardi

The only question was what pattern would I use to make this year’s cozy cardi? 

Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Cardi  

Around the same time, I heard about the #CosyCardiChallenge I had just finished testing the Pumpkin dress and cardi pattern from Coco Wawa Crafts

I made the dress version for the test and loved it so much I knew that I wanted to eventually try my hand at making the cardi version. 

Sharing what's on the sewing table, my autumn 2018 sewing plans, which include a birthday dress, cozy cardi and vintage coat.
This yellow jersey seemed perfect for a cardigan

Pumpkin Cropped Hack

The Pumpkin cardigan pattern is more of a slouchy cardigan falling right at or just below the hipline.

I do like this look, but I have a lot of cardigans this style. What I was really wanting in my wardrobe was a cropped cardigan that hit me right at the waist. 

             
Sewing Summary
Date October 26 The big reveal of my #CosyCardiChallenge project and it's no suprise I made the #PumpkinCardi from Coco Wawa Crafts. See how I hacked this pattern to make a extra ruffly cropped version.
Pattern: Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin
Version: Cardigan
Size: Size 5
Notes & Modification: Cropped the bodice to 2 inches from the lengthen/shorten line and added ruffled cuffs
   
Difficulty: Intermediate Easy Rating:

In order to get the Pumpkin cardigan to fit me the way I wanted I did a bit of a hack. I simply measured myself and where I wanted the cardigan to set, just around my waistline. 

Then I measured the bodice pattern pieces. I determined for my cropped version cutting the pattern 2 inches below the lengthen and shorten line would be the exact look I was going for. 

I also choose to use the ruffled hem band on the cardigan version. Since I altered the circumference of the hem by cropping the bodice I had to remeasure the bottom hem. 

The big reveal of my #CozyCardiChallenge project and it's no suprise I made the #PumpkinCardi from Coco Wawa Crafts. See how I hacked this pattern to make a extra ruffly cropped version.
Cropping this cardigan made it the exact look I was wanting

After getting the new bottom hem measurement I went back to the original pattern piece and checked to see if any of the smaller sizes had the original hem the same size. 

As it turns out size 1 was the close enough to the size of my new hem size, I decided just to cut the ruffle band pieces for size 1 and use them. 

The big reveal of my #CozyCardiChallenge project and it's no suprise I made the #PumpkinCardi from Coco Wawa Crafts. See how I hacked this pattern to make a extra ruffly cropped version.
Who doesn’t love a good ruffle?

Lastly to give the cardigan extra ruffles, because hey who doesn’t love a ruffle? I added 3 inches to the cuff pieces so that I could ruffle them too. 

My Cozy Cardi

The intention was to have a cute frilly cardigan to wear with my dresses this autumn and hopefully spring as well. 

I think I totally managed to pull off a super frilly and cute cardigan that I know that I will get a ton of wear out of. 

The big reveal of my #CozyCardiChallenge project and it's no suprise I made the #PumpkinCardi from Coco Wawa Crafts. See how I hacked this pattern to make a extra ruffly cropped version.
I adore the look of this cardigan

At first, I was worried that the bright yellow color of the cardigan would lend itself more to spring than autumn. But once I paired it with some of my autumn brochures I found that they complemented it nicely. 

The big reveal of my #CozyCardiChallenge project and it's no suprise I made the #PumpkinCardi from Coco Wawa Crafts. See how I hacked this pattern to make a extra ruffly cropped version.
Yellow isn’t just for spring, looks good in autumn too

The pumpkin patter is so versatile because you can make in various styles, plus with a few minor hacks, you can even get more out of it. 

Rarely do projects come out exactly how you conceived them in your head but this one was exactly that. I can’t say enough about how much I love this cardigan.

I’d love to hear in the comments below if you are joining in the #CosyCardiChallenge and what you plan to make? 

The big reveal of my #CozyCardiChallenge project and it's no suprise I made the #PumpkinCardi from Coco Wawa Crafts. See how I hacked this pattern to make a extra ruffly cropped version.

 

 

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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