Cardigans have always been staples in my wardrobe, but I only had two that fit - one a heavier wool one with a hole in it, and the other a light pink one that is a bit dressy. The latter is also too light in color to wear daily - at least, that is the case when one has prodigiously stain-producing children who manage to stain your clothes more often than they stain their own. So there was a Lisbon-shaped hole in my closet and it had to be filled.
Based on the size chart, I cut a 12 in the shoulders, bust and waist, grading out to a 14 in the hips. I was really tempted to size down, but kept reminding myself that this is a cardigan, meant to be worn over shirts, so I restrained myself.
I found the pattern very well drafted. Everything matches up, and the instructions are clear and thorough. I did find that I had to stretch my neckband absolutely as far as it would go and only then would it juuuuust fit the bodice. My fabric had about 70 percent stretch (the pattern recommends 50 percent), so I might in the future cut a slightly longer neckband to give myself wiggle room.
I also had a little bit of trouble fitting the button bands to the front bodice. I believe this had to do with the drapiness and stretchiness of the bodice fabric, and the non-drapiness and non-stretchiness of the interfaced button band. I used knit fusible interfacing, however, the pattern piece instructs you to cut it so that the stretch runs horizontally. If I had cut it so that the stretch ran vertically, I would have had a little more wiggle room. So I ended up having to ease the bodice into the front band, which proved impossible with this stretchy, drapey fabric. I did my best, but still ended up with a few tiny tucks in the bodice where it attaches to the button band.
I used a stashed rayon/lycra French terry bought last year from Fabricmart. This stuff is so soft and squishy. It is super-drapey and has a heavy feel to it when the fabric is just in your hands. But it doesn't feel heavy when it's on, at all. It feels light but cozy. And I think I have enough left for a pair of the coziest little girl leggings ever.
We have had uncharacteristically dreary weather for nearly two weeks now and this cardigan has been worn almost every day since its creation, including in the evening over pjs! It is that comfortable.
I do want to make another one (or two) but my sew-jo is on fire right now, and I have tons of other plans in the works! Love it when that happens.