My sister is expecting the first Robinson grandbaby/neice-or-nephew in March and I had to cook her up a few special things! Mandy is a J-Crew loving fashionista so I wanted to do something preppy/nautical and this V-Neck Cardigan pattern by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop (affiliate links) did the trick! Upon purchasing it, I discovered two pretty cool things:
1) The Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook group. If you love sewing, I encourage you to join this great community of sewists where people share projects, ask and offer advice, and where Amy, the pattern creator, keeps you updated on new patterns!
2) I found out Amy was hosting a Sew-Along for the V-Neck Cardigan the following week. Done. Just the motivation I needed.
The next week, I participated in the Sew-Along and was SO EXCITED (seriously, ask Nate, I was pumped) when I found out I was one of three winners! Holy sweetness. Check out the other entries for the sew-along here, because there were some incredibly creative ones! Who knew you could do so many different things with one pattern?
There are a couple things I love about this pattern: Firstly, I appreciate the fact that it is a gender neutral pattern, which means I will get a lot of use out of it. It is great for baby shower gifts, but it also goes up to size 12 (!) and we all know cardigans aren't going out of style any time soon. Secondly, this pattern is a cinch, and the hardest part was deciding what kind of buttons or snaps I wanted to use :) This was my first experiment with snaps (I used Snap Source snaps, size 20, that I purchased from Field's Fabrics) and I'm pretty proud about how they turned out.
Lastly, during the sew-along, Amy did a tutorial to show how to modify the pattern so you can up-cycle an old sweater into a pull-over. She really does go above and beyond. I enjoy the community aspect that she has brought to PAB through the Facebook group, and the fact that the people involved with it are helpful and innovative. There is a lot of inspiration to be found there!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at this little gem, I had so much fun constructing a little somethin'-somethin' for my almost-here niece/nephew. I put a little extra Aunt-love into it. Can't wait to meet you Baby Reese! Can anyone tell that being an aunt is clearly the best thing ever?!