Who doesn’t love a great cardigan sweater? Since my work no longer requires professional business attire, I wear a skirt or pants + a woven or knit top + a cardigan sweater most days. And since my business is all sewing all the time, I try to wear mostly me-made clothes. Because those kids ask me every day if I made what I am wearing! 😉
Check out this stinkin’ cute Cool Cardigan – Draped Front by Pamela’s Patterns. The fabric I used was a tissue-thin sweater knit in a quiet little cheetah print. Nothing over the top for me! Since I have not been so successful with mesh and other featherweight knits in the past, I was
very hesitantscared to death to sew it up despite loving the print.
By George, I think I’ve got it now. A better fitting pattern, a little less volume in the completed garment, a few construction tips from Pamela Leggett, and my sweater happiness quotient is up, up, way up!
I completed most of this sweater last weekend during the Seattle ASG Spring Educational event with Pamela Leggett. Surprisingly, the fabric really did not torture me too much. I wouldn’t say it was exactly easy, but it was manageable. Increasing the differential feed on my serged seams to 1.5 helped, and maybe the fabric was just afraid to act out in front of Pamela. It must have been smart enough to realize the big guns were on deck last Sunday. 😉
After wearing my new sweater for a bit, I decided to ruche the sleeves up so they are more of a 3/4 length. Long sleeves bug the heck out of me, so I don’t know why I even cut the long-sleeve version of this pattern. Besides, the ruched sleeves and the ruching at the back neckline on this sweater make me feel all girly and feminine when I wear it.
I would give Cool Cardigan – Draped Front an A. Give this easy pattern a try and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you!