Dos de Tejas patterns
Nancy's patterns were more classic and suitable and I subscribed to her newsletter and fabric swatching service for years. Fashion Sewing Group patterns Other women had good results but I never had really success with her limited line of patterns because they were based on an early 90s design aesthetic of lower armholes which was quickly becoming passe. (And to be honest, even when viewing those who were thrilled with their results I saw the same shoulder/armhole folds that I disliked on my versions.) But her drawings and early internet devotees kept me trying yet without exciting successes.
Now I am a
#111 Cool Cardigan Banded Front
What I like is that Pamela has two front versions, one for B cup fronts and the other with either a dart or eased in dart space on the side seams....which is what this cardigan has. She has adjusted for a slightly rounded back and forward shoulders so I can almost fit this one straight out of the envelope. I do a slight 1 inch sway back adjustment, lengthen the sleeves and I am a happy girl in a short time.
This first one is the very same picture as my Jalie Eleonore pants. It's a very slinky like knit, from Fabric Mart, and packs without a wrinkle so will be so versatile for traveling.
|Cool Cardigan #111 Banded Front from Pamela's Patterns|
Since we are in southwest Florida for the month I have taken advantage of the weather to move the sewing room out to the back deck of our lovely rental condo.
so I could sew up this version of the same cardigan pattern:
It's a beefy, textured knit (yes, Fabric Mart) that has been aging. I think the tropical print is perfect for the environment, don't you?
|Vacation version of #111 Cool Cardigans Banded Front pattern by Pamela's Patterns|
My mock up revealed that yes, I will have to make a few pattern adjustments when I return to Baltimore: add a bust dart, raise that front slit 1 1/2 inches, eliminate back neck slit and button and add 1" length to the tunic. I see a few of these in my 2016 summer repertoire. For once I was not complaining about "wasting" time sewing a mock up since I got to do it in this beautiful setting.
|New Look 6414 mock up|
The bay itself is a little rough with a great deal of boat traffic in high season so we enjoy paddling up and down the many canals all over the area.
We ogle houses, fancy pools and boats of every condition while getting exercise and sunshine.
On our last excursion a woman came down to her dock area and asked if we wanted two chilled Le Croix waters. How unexpectedly thoughtful and I promised to pay it forward.
Here's hoping you find unexpected kindness in your life.