Catherine cardigan

Autumn is here. A season of long walks, crunchy leaves and comfy cardigans. OK it is only the second day of Autumn, and it doesn't even feel like Autumn yet, however I decided to be organised and made a Catherine cardigan for Miss L.

The Catherine cardigan pattern is the new release from my friend Suz of Sewpony. As always with Sewpony patterns, this pattern offers a number of very clever options that make is perfect for any season and occasion.

My plan was to make a cardi that my little love would be able to wear when one needs an extra layer, but nothing heavy or overly warm. 

I originally was going to make a cardigan with long sleeves with cuffs, but then decided to skip the cuffs and shorten the sleeve by 2 cm so they look more like 7/8 length rather than long sleeves.

I couldn't decide if I wanted buttons to go all the way down the placket or just a couple at the top. I pulled out a few buttons that I thought would go nice with the cardi, and noticed a wooden button of a perfect shape and size. It has a natural stain on a side which gives it so much character! I had a perfect button, only one button, so that's what I went with.

I used a small piece of french terry I adopted from a remnant bin at my local Spotlight a few years ago for this cardigan. French terry is very easy to sew and comfy to wear. I love the colour of this fabric. It is neutral enough to go with many pieces in Miss L's wardrobe.

It was very windy while we were taking photos. I was lucky to capture a peek of a dress Miss L wore that day. It is Debbie's Birthday dress I made for my big girlie, Miss R, when she just turned three years old. This dress marked the beginning of Suz's pattern making adventure and my love for her designs. The pattern is not available for sale presently. 

That dress was loved by my big girlie, and I am pleased to report her little sister loves it just as much. I have sewn every Sewpony pattern since this dress. I feel honoured to be chosen to be on the Sewpony Team this year. I am looking forward to sharing a few things I am planning to make over the coming months and I can barely wait to see what the other ladies are going to create!

Back to the Catherine cardi though. It was such a fun project! This pattern has sweet details like gentle gathers on the back which allow for freedom of movement, gathered sleeves and I just love the shape of the neckline. I think this cardi will look great on small kids like my little mischief as well as older girls. Tinne, one of the blog tour participants, hacked this pattern to make a cardi for her son! Check it out here. This pattern conveniently goes from size 12 months to 12 years. 

It feels so good to be more organised this year with one of the items from my Autumn sewing list ticked off already! I am pretty sure this is not the only time you will see one of my girls in a Catherine cardigan ;)

During the blog tour Suz offers a 15% discount on the Catherine cardigan pattern with the code CATHERINE15. The pattern is available in English and Dutch, and can be purchased HERE.

A group of very talented ladies are also participating in the tour. Please visit them to see their take on the Catherine cardigan pattern. Blog tours provide a great opportunity to see a pattern sewn in different sizes and various fabrics. So enjoy browsing and happy sewing!


  1. Super cute! Such a versatile piece that can be worn with pretty much anything! Perfect!

    1. Thank you Olga. I love it, but what is more important my little rascal loves it!

  2. Gorgeous, Jenya. I love French terry for cardigans!

    1. Thank you Marisa. I will need to make a cardi in French Terry for myself!

  3. Женечка,любимая!Какая ты молодец!!!Такие красивые вещи шьешь для наших красавиц! Горжусь тобой!! Люблю!!! Целую!!!!

  4. This is such a sweet version of the cardi. I love it with that one perfect button. (I guess I am Team Buttons, after all.) And the color is so lovely. I am looking forward to seeing all of your makes this year - congratulations on becoming a member of the Sewpony Team!

  5. This is the cutest Catherine I've seen so far! Though that may have a lot to do with little Miss L ;-)


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