I’ve finished my second top (and third, including the shell) for Faye’s sew along. The outfit shown is all me-made (except for the belt). The skirt is McCall’s 3830 in black gabardine (haven’t blogged about it yet), the shell is Kwik Sew 3740, and the cardi is Pamela’s Patterns #111 Cool Cardigans - Banded Front. I picked up the cardigan pattern the last time I was at Stonemountain and Daughter, and I'm really glad I did!
I wasn’t sure about sizing on this pattern, so I decided to make a muslin. The black and white print is a poly lycra knit from www.fabric.com that has been aging in my stash since September 2011. This cardigan has great lines, and gives what Pamela calls, "essence of waist." I shortened the sleeves to ¾ length and wound up taking several inches off the lower part of the sleeve seams to narrow them. I used the sewing machine and serger on all seams, and hemmed the bottom and the sleeves with the coverstitch.
I added 5” to the length because I’m quite tall and I wanted the cardigan to completely cover my bottom. It feels great on, and I got a number of compliments when I wore it yesterday. Win! This is really a very wearable muslin.
Pamela’s Patterns has videos of some of the construction techniques used in the patterns. I viewed this video about attaching the banded front piece.
I love this cardigan and plan to make a lot more!
BTW, I’ve made the KS 3740 dozens of times. This version is made from a remnant of fabric so old that I can’t remember where I got it. The neck and armscyes are finished with self-binding and the coverstitch; the hem is also finished with the coverstitch.
I’m heading over to Faye’s blog now to look at all the tops made so far! If you want to check it out, this link will take you to the collection of tops sewn for the sew along.
What are you working on now? I’d love to see!! In the meantime, happy sewing!