Do you have a few minutes to spare for a day? Do you like commenting on contributors' posts? The Refashion Coop needs two volunteer Editors on Duty (EOD for short) to make sure the site is running smoothly. Interested? Have questions? Please contact Jennifer Elliott at Thank you!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vest and Cardigan

The cardigan and vest below started as three new, very small, discounted Ralph Lauren cardigans.         They were in my stash of holiday/travel clothing waiting for refashion.
Goal: Enlarge Cardigans # 1, 2 on sides and in arms.
  • Enlarge #1,2 with fabric cut from #3. 
  • Open sides and sleeves of all cardigans. Remove sleeves from #2 which later becomes a vest.
  • Cut, serge, stitch fabric strips from #3 to the sides and arms of #1,2. 
  • Machine baste helps prevent runs in knit. Zig zag over serging may be needed.
  • Hand stitch as needed to secure.

Before: 3 small gold cardigans.

My goal is to refashion, organize, and inventory my wardrobe.
  • Problem: I want to track out of season clothing. Out of sight = out of mind.
  • Problem: I want to track refashions as they re-enter the wardrobe.
  • Solution: StyleBook app, low price, lots of options, low entry level learning curve.
  • Outcome: I entered items into categories and made outfits.  I found duplicates and holes in the wardrobe. This should curtail impulse buying and make re-fashions/purchases/sewing more effective.
The refashion above is part of my travel/holiday capsule and stored in tubs till needed. Before I had to dump and dig. Now I scroll through my Stylebook inventory.
Before: Dump it out and dig.
After: StyleBook tracks Holiday/Travel Capsule.


Elizabeth Hill said...

I'm getting more and more excited about my fall projects as I look at your sweater refashions! Thanks for the inspiration!

- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

RenataLaura said...

I love this, cardigans do not look flattering unless the heavyweight kind in my opinion. Your vest has a kindof 60s vibe which is in fashion at the moment.. infact, sleeveless coats were on the runway!

Refashion said...

I like the idea of sleeveless coats.
I have several older coats that could do this well. Even a leather jacket.