Sunday, October 09, 2016

A Girls Cardigan from FreeFleece.com

I found this free little girls cardigan somewhere on my internet travels and I decided I'd give it a try. I'm building a wardrobe for the granddaughters and wanted to add several different types of garments to it. Believe it or not, it's hard to find a basic cardigan in the Big 4 pattern catalogs...probably why I went looking for one.


This one works well for late summer/early fall but will need some updating to go into winter because I believe in long sleeves for winter. Also, I chose to make this version from ponte fabric. I wanted something to go over t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirt tops but will be current and a little funky!

One of the goals of sewing for my granddaughters is to give them not only a new wardrobe but to make it a little fashion forward. So I'm making fabric choices for them like I'd make for myself. That's why this cardigan was made with a solid navy ponte and a coordinating navy/white print. It's a little funky and fun and will work with most of the leggings and jeans that I made.

This pattern was easy to use and even though it's a pdf pattern, taping it together was quick. Little people mean little pieces meaning a small amount of paper needed to tape it together. I traced the pattern pieces off in a size 3 for Miss Lena, however, after trying it on her, I'm going up 2 sizes. This one will go to Sammy.


Originally I was going to only use this pattern for Lena because I thought it was a little too much for a 2.5 year old who is still rolling around the floor in temper tantrums. But Sammy tried it on during the fashion shoot and loved it. So this one and the other version I've cut out in chocolate ponte but haven't sewn yet will become Sammy's. I've also figured out how to lengthen the sleeves on the pattern so Lena's ponte versions will have long sleeves.  Now while Sammy loved it, I only photographed it on Lena.

Here are the pics ~


Lena is wearing the cardi with a white t-shirt and blue jeans   
made from a Kwik Sew pattern that's up next on the blog.


If you have a little girl that you sew for, I would recommend downloading the pattern and giving it a try. I really like this pattern and it's versatility!

...as always more later!



17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link! I'm loving your grand-sewing!

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  2. Carolyn, I admire your choice of fabrics. It's refreshing to see little girls in mature (dare I say serious?) colors and prints. It's wonderful how much their own personalities shine through because they are not overburdened or weighed down with overt cuteness in their clothing. And if they didn't like what you made them, I am sure they would let you know. I hope you are starting a trend here!

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  3. Very, very cute! You must be having so much fun sewing little people clothes. As I remember, they go together so quickly.

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    1. They sew up really quickly but fitting was easier when I didn't have to wait for my model to show up!

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  4. Nice find. It looks adorable on Lena. I'd like to sew a long sleeved one or two, so I hope you'll blog how you add the sleeves on your next one.

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    1. Dawn - I will. It was an easy sew and I plan on making more of them especially since I saw some cute ones in Old Navy.

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  5. Very, very cute Carolyn!! I love the color combination you selected and your granddaughter is absolutely adorable!!

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  6. Omigosh, what an adorable cardigan! And you're right, it's quite fashion forward - what lucky granddaughters!!

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  7. OMG your grandkids are so adorable! Nice pattern find. I have three girls, 8, 11 and 12, and they haven't worn anything they didn't like since they were about 1... Within reason (the 8 yo is dying for a belly top!!) I'm fine with that.

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  8. I like the idea of navy blue on youngsters. Dressed my (very pale, blonde) child in darks and brights when she was a tot. Best color on her of all? Charcoal gray.

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  9. Perfect little cardigan, and a perfect little model.

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  10. Oh my goodness, that child! What a blessing!

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  11. Almost too adorable for words!! What a fabulously practical and stylish cardigan. She looks so happy to be wrapped in love and you must enjoy them so much.

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  12. Your grandchildren are all adorable and so are the clothes you are making. Good job.

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  13. This pattern is so cute!! Thanks, I'll be off making several of them now. :-)

    Your grandkids some of the most adorable kids on the internet. I always love seeing them, and seeing them in clothes you made! <3

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  14. That's beautiful, Carolyn!!

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