I have grown to love cardigans. It’s not that I haven’t always liked them, it’s more that I didn’t know how to rock one. In the corporate world, I was more of a suit or dress and jacket kind of girl. If only I had owned this pattern then. Because a duster length cardigan over a dress is a great look!
I’ve made the GreenStyle Sunday Cardigan before, and I’ve even written about it in a previous post. I just keep on making them because I love the look. The pattern has several options: knee length; duster length; sleeveless; cuffs, lace-up sleeve cuffs; two sizes of pockets; and a hood. You can get so many different looks with this pattern. But I have to admit that I keep making the duster length because I just love the simple drama of it.
I live in a state without a real winter, am “of a mature age” and easily overheat, so I have no need for a hood. But the hooded version made in a soft hacci would look so cute on my daughter, who lives where it still snows.
I remember reading a discussion on the GreenStyle Facebook group page about whether you can rock a long cardigan with shorts. The answer is yes, you absolutely can! I think the key is using a lightweight fabric to keep it flowy and seasonally appropriate. I used a fun purple waffle mesh from Phee Fabrics for my latest cardigan. I purchased the fabric late last year knowing that I wanted to make this cardigan with it. (The purple is no longer available, but there is some magenta left in the last chance section!)
A sweater knit version would look great with jeans or pants. You could rock it with boots or flats. I wear my navy rayon spandex Sunday Cardigan with dresses, or thrown over my workout wear if it’s chilly on my way to yoga class.
Other than workout wear, dresses are a big part of my wardrobe, and I like the duster length because it looks great with any length dress. Longer dresses, short dresses, even a high-low hemline. I can rock them all with this cardigan! This foil-print fabric was a JoAnn clearance rack find last Spring. It may be a little dramatic and over-the-top, but sparkly is in, right?
I can’t control the wind, but at least I can look cute in my cardigans! Even when I use the same version of the pattern, I end up with a new look every time because I’ve used different fabrics.
My husband commented that I was looking a little slimmer (thank you yoga class and power walks!) so I cut my pattern down a size and I love the slightly more fitted look even more! I may have to change the title of this post and add another “and again” because I know I’ll be making more. What fabric should I use for my next one?
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