Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pattern Review: McCall's 5241 Knit Cozy

So I know you all made this like one or two years ago but I'm finally catching up on the trends...

Pattern Description: Misses' cardigan in three lengths: flared open front cardigan has irregular hem. I made C, the longest length.

Pattern Sizing: This pattern is available in sizes x-small to xx-large. I made a large (16-18).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were very easy. This wasn't quite a one hour pattern. I would say sewing time took two hours, with the hemming taking the longest amount of time. In the future, I may try cutting this out with a rotary cutter and leaving the raw edges un-hemmed, as others have suggested.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how easy this went together. There were no side seams. Simply set the sleeves in and hem the edges! As others have mentioned, one might have to adjust the pattern piece for the width between the sleeves before cutting out, since there is no side seams.

Of course I like how this cardigan can be worn in endless different ways. Check out the DKNY website for ideas.

Fabric Used: Rayon jersey from fabric.com. This only cost me $9.96!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As you can see from the photo- I am very pregnant, almost 8 months. However, I made no adjustments.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I might sew this one again. It's a versatile piece that will travel well too.

Conclusion: I plan on wearing this one after having the baby too. With my large belly, I can't tie the ends in all the fancy ways. It really only fits with the ends hanging or wrapped around the shoulders. However, I am looking forward to wearing the cardigan in many different ways once Baby has been born!



  1. Very cute! It's a nice piece that you can wear during your pregnancy and after your baby comes.

  2. I love this cardi on you. It looks great NOW and will be fun when the baby comes too.

  3. Girl, you didn't miss the trend, this is totally still in style!