Cardigan Revolution and My Very First Patrones

I think EVERYONE owns at least one of those classic cardigans that all the ready-to-wear chain stores provide us in all the shades of the current season. An example by Zara here:

I have similar ones in light pink, navy, dark teal, brown, black and maybe some more colours.

This spring I felt that I kind of had enough of the same style all over, although I have to admit that they are an easy and affordable way to add a spot of colour to the wardrobe, plus they are easy to carry around and stuff into my handbag, when not needed.

As I was wandering around in Athens´ fabric stores, I found a really nice knit fabric that they had in various shades, but I went for a darker fuchsia to try it with Simplicity 2560 cardigan pattern:

I went for view A, because I wanted it with sleeves, but without those fluffy additions of views B and C!

The pattern was fun to work with, simple and complication-free, as was the fabric I had chosen. I am thinking that the next time I might make it just a little tighter over the chest, taking in the side seams a bit.

Right now I would not wear it without a belt, because it is loose-fitting and I don´t find it very flattering on me.

This is what I made, worn with the black obi-belt I also made myself:

The shoes that I am wearing are my super-comfortable Hush Puppies Seleste from Amazon.co.uk, from last summer:

This years summer in Estonia has been quite rainy and moody so far, but as you can see in the photos, the wind was playing around with my cardigan very nicely.

After taking these photos I went downtown to meet my dear friend Liise:

She has actually been living in Spain for the past 6 years and the last time we met was 4 years ago in Athens, where she came to visit me! But as we keep comtact over the internet and speak on the phone, it never really feels that we are so far away from each other. We were lucky to happen to visit Estonia at the same time this year and have been hanging out nearly every day here. I am saying all this, because thanks to her, I got my hands on the first Patrones magazine I have seen in real life 😀

This issue has lots of simple dresses and lots of loose-fitting floral blouses, a few shorts and two quite interesting patterns for trousers (there are more, but unispiring). Out of all the dresses I found these three to be the most interesting, especially the white one on the right:

It was a little surprising that Patrones has only three European sizes, 40-44-48, and anyone in between these, has to trace the patterns by drawing the cutting lines between the smaller and bigger sizes. At first glance I must be their 42, so I will have some “interesting” drawing time with their patterns, in addition to having to brush up my Spanish!

The trousers I liked are here:

Another little piece of news is that I will spend a few days in Copenhagen this week and I already looked up some fabric stores to visit. It will not be many because I don´t want my friends to get bored with all this. But still, I am curious to see what I will find. And if I will be able to afford it, having heard how pricey Copenhagen is!

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