My daughter has been all about cheetah print since starting Kindergarten this fall. Her school’s mascot is the cheetah and she now loves all things cheetah print! When she found this fabric at Hobby Lobby, she begged for me to make something out of it. I couldn’t refuse and decided to join on the cheetah print trend too (although I think this is technically leopard print)!
The fabric is a sweater knit, perfect for making cardigans. I snagged the Harper Cardigan from Sinclair Patterns earlier this year when it was featured as a free pattern and have been waiting for an oppurtunity to sew it up. For my daughter’s sweater, I used the CPT. Mack’s Cardigan from Patterns for Pirates, since it was a close match to my pattern.
For my cardigan, I used the petite size, which I LOVE. Sinclair patterns is one of the few designers that includes petite, standard, and tall pattern files. It was so nice not having to make any adjustments for my short height and the arm length is perfect! I usually have to take sleeves up at least 2″. I used the longer length line for both cardigans and added pockets. Both were quick and easy to sew up, and would be even quicker without any pockets. After making mine, I made two Harper cardigans for Christmas gifts without pockets and they came together very fast. The Harper Cardigan pattern is still free, so be sure to grab it!
I made my daughter’s cardigan a size bigger so she can wear it longer. She grows so fast and I didn’t want her to outgrow it anytime soon! And despite her lack of smiles in the pictures, I can assure you she loves it!
This was actually my first mommy and me matching set I’ve made, I’m surprised I haven’t done it sooner. My daughter loves matching me and it’s just so cute!