Sewing Pattern Review:

Tilly & The Buttons Pearl Cardigan

About the Pattern

The Pearl Cardigan Sewing Pattern 

The pearl cardigan is a not a new pattern and although it has been on my radar for a while now, it never quite made it to the top of my priority. That was until this cotton Terry fabric came along and I felt it was an instant project match!

Tilly & The Buttons describe the Pearl as elevated knitwear and I agree with them as this pattern allows us to turn what would otherwise be hoody and sweatshirt fabric into something that can be much smarter.

The Peal is a V neck wrap cardigan with a deep hem band and a cropped-waistline height finish. It has two views, straight sleeves or balloon sleeves and it fastens with waist tie. It has a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders.


Tilly & The Buttons

Fabric Type


Recommended for:

Confident beginner

Tilly & The Buttons Pattern flats
Tilly & The Buttons  Pearl Cardigan - official photos

Supplies you’ll need

  • 1.7m iron on seam tape of equivalent strips of iron on interfacing.
  • Matching thread
  • A machine that can zig-zag or lightning bolt stitch, or an overlocker
  • Fabric 140cm wide:
  • size 1-5 – 1.9m
  • Size 6-11 – 2.1m 
  • Size 11-15 – 2.3m
Tilly & The Buttons Pearl Wrap Cardigan Pattern

Sizing & Fit

Expanded Size Range up t0 61″ Hip

This is one of the TATB patterns that is available with a more inclusive size range, and the pattern images feature a variety of models, including those of both smaller and larger sizes. The pattern itself is graded from a 6 to 34 which in measurement terms is a 30″ bust – 33″ hip to as 60″ bust – 61″ hip.

I found the sizing to be fairly straightfoward to select from, especially due to the nature of the design, the wrap and the knit fabric. I use my measurements to select a size 7 based on my full bust size. I could have graded to a smaller size at the shoulders and the hip, but with the drop-shoulders and wrap style, I just didn’t think I needed to… having said that, I did cut and sew out a wearable muslin before I cut into my really good fabric as I have had a shocker with an old TATB knit pattern in the past. 

Tilly & The Buttons Pearl Wrap Cardigan Pattern

Sewing it up

A great, quick and satisfying sew!

Having now made 2 of the Pearl cardigans, I can definitely vouch for the style. I have worn these a lot since making them and even though I was a little concerned the crop style might not work for me, I have found it to be a really flattering fit. The height of the wrap is spot on – not too high that it’s frumpy, but not too low that it’s revealing. 

The pattern itself is a really satisfying one to sew. I made mine completely on my overlocker, but you can make it all with a zig-zag on a standard machine too. 

The cardigan comes together really well and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. 

Pearl Cardigan Pattern 

What I love about this

I’ve been a bit surprised about just how much I have loved wearing this. There are a few things in particular that make this my current favourite cardi


The cropped bodice length has been the real surprise. I had plans to lengthen it, but once I’d worn my wearable muslin version I could see it was great for me as it was.


The style of the cardigan has allowed me to make a sweatshirt fabric into something that is smart enough for work – IMO this is like the secret pajamas of tops!


The fit on the wrap has been beautifully done – the neckline height is just spot on.

What I would change about this

This has turned out to be one of my surprise favourite makes of this Autumn, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t change a few things about the pattern.


The sleeves are really quite long on me. Sleeve shortening isn’t a standard fit change for me, but I do make it occassionally. I got away with this on my first version with the straight sleeve, but with the balloon sleeve it really is far too long. For now I have halved the height of the cuff so the gorgeous sleeve shape isn’t lost, but next time I will shorten properly.


The TATB instructions are well written and clear, but I do wish they would invest in better graphics. TATB instructions use photos rather than illustrations and these have really low contrast colours in them – a turquoise background and pink fabric. It’s a really poor choice as I don’t think these are as clear as they could otherwise be and this is an issue for all the TATB instructions.

Sewing the Pearl Cardigan 

There is no question, I will be sewing more of this pattern. If you are keen on it, here are a few links for the pattern and more inspo.

Buying the pattern 

You can get the Pearl Cardigan pattern in paper or PDF format from the following stores:

Pearl Cardigan at Tilly and the Buttons

Pearl Cardigan at The Fold Line

Fabric Used

The fabric I used for my floral version is a See U at Six Cotton Terry, and my blue version is made from a viscose Fleece. Both fabrics worked great for this.

Pearl Cardigan Inspo

I always look to other sewists makes for inspo on Instagram. You can find some beautiful examples of the Pearl here:


Tilly & The Buttons Pearl Wrap Cardigan Pattern
Tilly & The Buttons Pearl Wrap Cardigan Pattern
Tilly & The Buttons Pearl Wrap Cardigan Pattern

1 Comment

  1. Lou-ann

    I love reading your blog and am so glad you’re getting back into it. Thank you for all the work you must put into making it sharable with all of us. This cardigan looks great on you Great to try new styles and be surprised by them!


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