So, when the awesome Shauna of Shwin & Shwin asked me to test this cute little Paperback Writer Cardigan, I knew which size to choose - the one of my mature tween.
The styling on this cardigan is slouchy and relaxed, and according to my daughter, "Super crazy comfy!" Which I guess means she loves it.
The shawl collar and optional pocket give it really cute style. I've got one cut out for my 6 year old with a contrasting collar and trim, which I think will be really fun!
As you can see, the Paperback Writer looks great with leggings (yep, another pattern review, which will be out soon!), but I think it would also look great with some skinny jeans and boots.
I made this version with a really soft sweater knit from Joann. I thought the silver dots on the black background were great for a younger kid, but also mature enough for someone older and more worldly. Ahem.
The best news: Shauna is working on an ADULT version of this pattern! Hurrah! Really, the size 8 just about fit me, aside from needing to lengthen the arms a tad. But for those of you who are not vertically challenged like myself, just be patient and wait a few weeks for the grown up version ;-).
I'm going to offer these in the shop as well - so if you'd like your own, please let me know!
Size Tested: 8
Fabric Used: black with silver polka dots from Joann's fall fashion line. This fabric has a great drape and was the perfect choice.
Verdict: The slouchy style is adorable on younger kids, but perfect for older kids! This pattern came together really quickly - the instructions are great and very detailed.