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.
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.
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.
|Pattern:||Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin|
|Notes & Modification:||Cropped the bodice to 2 inches from the lengthen/shorten line and added ruffled cuffs|
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.
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.
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.
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 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?