Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan

As far as I’m concerned, all winter long, the only thing better that a warm, cozy sweater is a warm cozy cardigan that is also shaped and flattering.

Winter where I live has me bundling up and layering like crazy, so I was very excited when Itch to Stitch put out a testing call for their new cardigan. Not only could I make it in a cozy fleece fabric with very little stretch, but with the waistband and the front and back pleats, I knew it would be flattering to my full hourglass shape.

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The Paro Cardigan from Itch to Stitch Patterns released today. It comes in sizes 00 – 20, and as with all Itch to Stitch patterns, it has clear instructions and perfect drafting. This pattern is priced regularly at $10USD, but for the next week it is 20% off.

Disclaimer: I received the Paro Cardigan pattern for free as part of the testing process. This post also contains affiliate links. You are in no way obligated to use them, but if you do, I appreciate you supporting my sewing & blogging habits.

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The shoulder seam is meant to sit wide on your shoulders to allow for layering underneath, which again – is perfect for my cold climate. Although we are having a bit of an odd January so far… It was nasty cold for two weeks there, but when I took these photos, it was -5C, and now we’re looking at positive temperatures for the next couple days. Which just means I don’t have to wear my winter coat over top of this cardigan, and I can show it off to the world.

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Since it was so nice out when we photographed it, we decided to take the photos at the dog park. Let the dogs run off their pent-up energy while we kept an eye on them and took our photos. As you can see above, my senior dog Piper loves the snow. Hahaha. This must be her favourite weather – warm enough to play outside, but still cold enough for snow.

I should note that I accidentally serged the front pleats down backwards. I had a bit of a blonde moment, and didn’t realise until my fancy new serger made it nearly impossible for me to fix my mistake. Ah well, I love it anyways. I really love the pleats and shaping in the back – often the big warm cardigans leave me feeling shapeless, but not this one.

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There is an option for a button in the center of the front waistband. Of course, you can omit this, or use a big statement button, or even a couple of snaps. I dug out a pearly-coloured button from the small tin of my grandmother’s buttons that my mom recently gave me. My grandmother passed away 10 years before I was even born, so since I never had the chance to get to know her, I absolutely love those little things, like using one of her old uniform buttons on a sweater. She taught my mom to sew, who then taught me to sew, so I do like to think my grandmother would be so proud if she could see how often I sew. πŸ™‚

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I’m wearing my Paro Cardigan with a Mila Shirt, also from Itch to Stitch. I found this super lightweight navy gingham at a thrift store, so this shirt kept a little bit of textiles from the landfill. πŸ™‚ I like the style of this one. The shirting gives it a menswear-inspired look, but the front yoke gather and back yoke pleat give it a feminine shape. This pattern comes with 5 different cup sizes for every size, so it’s easy to make a well-fitted shirt that doesn’t gape.

Disclaimer: I received the Paro Cardigan pattern for free as part of the testing process. This post also contains affiliate links. You are in no way obligated to use them, but if you do, I appreciate you supporting my sewing & blogging habits.

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6 thoughts on “Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan

  1. Both pieces are adorable and you look so cute and stylish in them! I LOVE that Paro cardi! Such a clever, feminine variation on the traditional “grandpa” cardigan, which as you said, often makes most of us curvy girls look rather shapeless. That gingham tunic is a great, versatile piece, too. Great job, glad I found your blog!

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