I’ve been meaning to make a cropped cardigan since I started sewing 3 years ago. I actually bought Butterick 5529 way back when for that exact purpose. I couldn’t quite place in my head what I wanted the crop cardigan to look like, I just knew all my long cardi’s looked a bit silly with my full skirts and dresses.
I wouldn’t say I’ve given up on trying that pattern but I was more drawn to Simplicity 8849 view A this time. I liked the clean look of the front and where the cropped ends. I wanted something a bit fitted as it’s meant to pair with something that has a full bottom.
There are a few things I don’t love about this make, if I’m being honest. It mostly boils down to the sleeves. I feel like there is too much fabric in the bicep area, giving off a baggy look. I also didn’t realize it was a cropped length, I thought it was a full long sleeve, so I added my standard 1.5″ length to the sleeves. I didn’t like it, so I folded up a cuff and tacked it down. I’ve also come to the realization that I’m not a fan of raglan sleeves. I’ve actually made 2 things with raglan sleeves this month (one for Minerva coming to their blog in the new year). I’m not a fan of the dart at the top of the sleeve and I just think I prefer set-in sleeves.
This make will get a lot of wear in my wardrobe to pair with cami’s/full skirts to make work appropriate. I think this pattern has a really cute dress I’d like to try, but rather than making sleeve adjustments, I think I’d go with another pattern. I think I would hack the blackwood cardi into a cropped.
I did make a small bust adjustment. I’m not sure how necessary that was, but I do like the fit of the front. It is a one yard wonder. I only bought a yard of ponte and even had some leftover so it could be a good scrap buster.
Pattern: Simplicity 8849 View A
Fabric: Ponte De Roma from fabric.com
Alterations: small bust adjustment, 1.5″ length added to sleeve
Overall: It’s not a fail by any means but not a full on success. I would opt for a different pattern next time. I love the fabric.