East Coast Cardi - Keeping Little Shoulders Warm

So Tie Dye Diva* have released a new bolero/shrug/cardigan pattern, and it's filled a gaping hole in my daughter's wardrobe.  She has so many pretty dresses, but when the weather's cooler, or it shifts from a sunny afternoon to a cool evening, I get chills just looking at her.

The East Coast Cardi is perfect for keeping those shoulders and arms warm. While still showing off the beautiful dresses underneath.

This version is the straight bolero. It just hangs about over her shoulders, and pairs nicely with her Lemon Drop dress (blog post here).  This style also has an option for ribbon ties at the front. But I didn't have the perfect ribbon in my stash, and I was too impatient to wait to sew it up (and I must admit, avoiding the fabric store is generally a good thing - I always find my way to the clearance table, and find something I just have to grab).

There are two other versions - a tie front (check it out below), and a hidden button/snap version (haven't tried this one yet).

Personally, I think the tie front works perfectly as a ballet shrug. But based on my daughter's evidence over the last week, it's also perfect for pairing with a tank top while climbing trees and doing acrobatics on the swing set. It's that versatile!

There are also options for sleeves - full length, mid length and a bell sleeve, with the further option for ruching on the long and mid length sleeves (like this one)

The pattern is for knit fabric, in a variety of weights - though you may need a sturdy lining fabric if your main is particularly drapey.  The bodice section is fully lined, with a beautiful seam free construction (it's always fun to feel like a magician when turning a project right side out).

I used a light weight cotton lycra for the bolero, and a very light, drapey and slubby poly knit for the tie front. The poly knit doesn't have fantastic recovery, so the ends of the ties have been 'growing' over the week (as she keeps retying it) - something to bear in mind when choosing fabrics.  I have some ruffle knit lined up for another one (that will have a plain jersey lining).

I finished the bolero on Friday, and the tie front version on Sunday. And she has worn either one after school just about every day this week. It's not-quite summer here (especially of an evening), and the extra warmth is just right.

The pattern is available in sizes 12 months to 9/10 years (my girl sat right in the zone for size 6). It's a really quick sew too. I was able to use the overlocker (serger) for all except the gathering and hems, which is always a plus.

To celebrate the release of the pattern (and cause it's that time of the year), Tie Dye Diva are having a Black Friday Sale, with 40% off all patterns in the store.

*this post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to yourself. The opinions and sewing are all my own - I can't take credit for the antics of my daughter 😁


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