Today Sabra is sharing her modified Ruffled Cardigan – and I LOVE how she changed it up! Plus, she’s got a FREE pattern and tutorial for the accessories she made her daughter, so make sure to read the whole post to find that.
I’ve been wanting to make Ivy a dress coat for a while now. Fully lined, with just the right amount of girly details, I only had to make a couple very minor, and very easy changes to the Ruffled Cardigan pattern to take it from an adorable layering piece to beautiful, functional outwear.
Though it’s a fairly easy sew, the all-around ruffles and the belt make the Ruffled Cardigan (or coat!) sweet and interesting from every angle.
The cardigan is fully lined, which I love. There are no exposed seams inside or out, which makes things look so professional and polished inside and out. Also, it allows for you to make the cardigan reversible really easily, if you wanted. The pattern calls for knit fabrics, but I used wovens. I went up a size for my daughter to accommodate for the fabric change, and the fit is great. The fabrics I used are a fabulous velvet damaske print from Moda paired with a poly from Jo-Ann Stores for the lining, ruffles and belt.
The pattern is so easy to sew, with a sweet little belt closure. I did the belt just a bit different than the pattern suggested, and I also lengthened the cardigan to make a dress coat for my three year old.
Lengthening the Ruffled Cardigan is simple. I cut the front pattern piece right at the stretch direction arrow printed on the pattern. I measured my daughter from top of shoulder to just below the knee, because I wanted the coat to hit right at her knee and needed to add a bit for seam allowance. Then I used that measurement to know where to place the two halves of the front pattern piece on the fabric, using a ruler to make sure the straight edges were lined up.
After cutting out the front piece, I used that cut piece to help me cut out the back of the jacket. Then cut the lining from the cut front and back pieces. The rest of the sewing was according to the pattern directions, mostly, and so quick. I did do the lining just a bit differently, since I didn’t want stitch lines at the cuffs.
And then I did the belt slightly different, too. The pattern calls for a simple ribbon belt, that you tie in the front. Ivy had found this metal bow closure at the fabric shop, though, and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be darling with this jacket. So I made a tube from the lining/ruffles fabric, threaded some elastic through the tube, sewed it off at both ends, and added the bow buckle closure. Same basic idea as the pattern’s ribbon belt, but a bit more fancy and fun.
I paired the jacket with a fuzzy lined hat and handwarmer. I watched the entire fifth season of Downtown Abby the week I made everything, and was heavily inspired by the fashions in the show. The hat and handwarmer just seemed the right thing to do to bring the classic, feminine winter look together. And they keep Ivy warm. She lasted much longer on our photo shoot than I did, cozy in her fancy coat and accessories. I have the free pattern and tutorial for the hat and handwarmer HERE
I am so pleased with how my version of the Ruffled Cardigan turned out. I love the feminine lines, with the curves and ruffles of the design. Fully lined, you can work with all kinds of fabric possibilities for every season and every outfit. And the belt closure makes the sewing easy and straight forward with no zippers or buttons to fuss over. The Ruffled Cardigan is an absolute staple to any little girl pattern collection. And it’s fun to sew. Get the Ruffled Cardigan from the Blank Slate Pattern Shop HERE