The KAWARTHA Cardi Jacket is another PDF pattern included in the Sew News Capsule Studio: Plush. It's designed for shearling or a heavy knit. I choose to sew mine in this bright cotton candy pink shearling knit I purchased from Super Textiles (link to Etsy shop here).
The KAWARTHA jacket has a shawl collar, facings, and open front with a fur hook and eye closure. I added a patch pocket on the right side as I like having a place to tuck my phone.
The jacket is a pretty quick sew. After all, there are very few pattern pieces. The recommendation is to choose this pattern by your bust measurement. I choose to sew a large based on my full bust measurement. I didn't do a full bust adjustment and had plenty of room in the bust. However, the hip area flares out, and I'm not sure if that was an intentional design feature or not.
Here's the back view. I like that it covers my rear :-)
The designer rated this one as an intermediate skill level, and I'm guessing that is because of the construction of the shawl collar. If you've never sewn one before the instructions might seem confusing. One thing I added was to zigzag together the inside seam that attaches the back and collar necklines. I think it helps to keep that shawl collar in place.
I also choose to lightly hand stitch in place the front facing. I found the facing wanted to flip out and needed to be secured. The fabric has so much texture you can't see the small stitches.
I'd suggest printing, tiling, and tracing your pattern in the size you need before purchasing fabric. This called for three yards of fabric, which is what I purchased. I only used two yards so I could have saved myself $13. Although I now have a yard of cuddly cotton pink knit to make myself a cozy infinity scarf so I'd say it actually worked out pretty well!
However, I did make a small change to make the layout more efficient. The jacket and sleeve is one piece (no armhole seam) which takes a lot of fabric when you're laying this out. I shortened the sleeve by a few inches and added a cuff at the bottom. That may or may not work for you depending on the size you sew. That line you see at the bottom of the sleeve is the seamline where I added the "cuff", not topstitching.
The cardi jacket closes with one fur hook and eye. You put the jacket on and determine the placement that works best for you.
As I write this post the temps have dipped to below 60s and this cardi jacket is the perfect weight! I think it will get a lot of wear during the daily dog walking excursions. Not too heavy with a pocket for my phone. Perfect!
As I mentioned in my previous post reviewing the Bala Wrap Top and Tremblant Pants, this collection is a "textured inspired cozy pattern
collection". Perfect for the lifestyle I'm leading right now...casual.
This collection includes six PDF patterns, each
available in sizes XS (bust 33", waist 24-1/2", hip 35") to 7X (bust
58", waist 49-1/2", hip 60").
I'll have a review of the BANFF Dolman Sweater and MOONSTONE Jumpsuit in the next few days.
I did do a video review on my YouTube channel of all of the pieces.
Sew News is offering a savings of 15% on the Plush PDF pattern collection by using the code PLUSH15 (expires on Oct. 30, 2020).