Come checkout how I modified a women’s pattern to fit me…

For those that don’t know my girl design patterns for Simplicity and she’s pretty damn good at it…lol! So I was going through some of her old patterns and saw one that I could see myself wearing if I made a few fit adjustments.

So we both ended up making them together and I was super impressed with the way mine came out. I styled my shawl cardigan with a semi-casual look thats comfortable and stylish.

shirt- Zara
cardigan- Simplicity Pattern 1283
pants- TopMan
shoes- TopMan


Pattern: Simplicity 1283
Pattern Description: Shawl Collar Cardigan
Pattern Sizing: 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the design of the shawl collar.
Fabric Used: Wool
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I modified the shoulders, the length of the sleeves, and lowered the belt loops.
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? Yes

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  • Reply
    January 13, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Love the cardi. I would make it for my guy sans loops and belt.

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      Norris Danta Ford
      January 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you!

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    February 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    So do you sale? Would love to buy some of this

    • Reply
      Norris Danta Ford
      February 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Hi – Thanks for you interest, but I do not sale any items at the moment. Stay updated because I will share as soon as I do.

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    October 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Hey Norris, this is AMAZING!!! Do you have any more info on how you altered? Would love to sew this one up for my husband.

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      Norris Danta Ford
      October 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. Sure I can give you some additional info. So I extended the shoulder of the front/back pieces as well as extending the length. I moved the belt loops lower closer to my waist. Depending on how much bigger your husband is you might have to add more room on the side seams of the front/back too. Well I hope this helps and if you have anymore questions feel free to email me at

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