I say Sew Long Summer by getting my cool weather clothes ready. For me, staying warm as it cools down is all about layers. I used to wear fleece vests around the house, but I’m replacing them with cardigans for a more put together look that I can wear out of the house too.
I dig a dolman sleeve because they don’t bunch up under my arms and an open front cardigan because I don’t have to fiddle with buttons. I’m not a big fan of the drappy front cardigans though, they just look a little too sloppy.
It’s almost like Zeirstoff Patterns made the Melissa Cardigan pattern for me. (We even share a name, just sayin’) I get a roomy cardigan that doesn’t look sloppy and feels great to wear.
I just love how this fits me. The only alteration needed was to shorten the sleeve by 3in, pretty typical for me. Since this is a pieced dolman, I removed 1.5in from the outer edge of the dolman and 1.5in from the top edge of the sleeve portion to keep the seam just below my elbow.
The gals at Zierstoff Patterns gave me a copy of the Melissa Cardigan last February to try out, but I had to put it aside until this fall. I liked it so much I asked them to be a Sew Long Summer sponsor. You can pick up a copy of the Melissa or another pattern from our sponsors using one of the discount codes below.
Fun discounts and coupon codes from our sponsors:
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