I have a cardigan problem. That cardigan problem is that the long, often flowing cardigans that have been all the rage in recent years don’t often look great on my 5’2″ frame, from a proportion standpoint. Even when I’ve bought more retro-style cardigans in RTW (e.g. the Charter School cardigan from ModCloth), they still tend to hit me at the low hip, which isn’t always the look that I’m going for, as I wear a lot of fit-and-flare and A-line dresses and longer cardigans tend to obscure those skirt/dress shapes.
When the group of Curvy Sewing Collective editors decided to plan for a Curvy Year of Sewing, with one of the challenge themes being “kimonos and cardigans”, I decided to finally sew up one of the two hip-length cardigan patterns that I’ve had in my pattern stash for years–either the SBCC Cabernet Cardigan or the Muse Jenna cardigan. I ended up going with the SBCC Cabernet because I figured that I’d need fewer fitting adjustments with the Cabernet, given that it’s drafted for petite women, while Muse’s pattern block is based on a much taller woman.
This is one of those cases where I wanted to smack my forehead and groan, “Why didn’t I sew this pattern up years ago?” The Cabernet is an easy sew that goes together quickly, fixes the issues that I have as a short woman with most RTW cardigans, and even has pockets. I think I’ve found my go-to cardigan pattern.
Pattern description from the SBCC website: