Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More Than One Way to Wear It

Whenever my friend's daughter is cleaning out her closet, I can't resist rushing over to her house (like I really need more refashioning projects?). On a recent trip, I got two tops, a dress, some pants, and a long cardigan.
love horizontal stripes, even though they’re not the most flattering for my body, but, oh well…….So, naturally, the item that jumped out at me for the first restyle was a long red/navy striped cardigan.

I wanted to leave it long-sleeved, to keep the contrast between the wide and narrow stripes. I cut a big chunk off the body length, to make it waist length.
Oops...then I recut it straight :)

I decided to reverse the cardigan, and wear it backwards – something I often used to do with thrifted 50s cardigans in my college days.
Of course, wearing things backwards often looks like you’re wearing things backwards (duh!), so I lowered the front neck a bit. (I wish I had lowered it a little more but it’s OK.)
I had cut the rib edge off when I lowered the neckline. A more open neckline meant the original edging was too short, so I used a navy stripe (from the chopped off body) as a new neck trim. I also had to be a little creative at the shoulders, using some hand-stitching and buttons.
I reattached the original rib at the new shorter hem, and stitched up the back, leaving the (formerly plastic/now metal) buttons just as a detail, not functional. I used some of the spare fabric to make two thin ties for the V-back…..and done! 
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whatthesew said...

I think a lot of refashioners could be described as fabric hoarders. The back looks good as the front of this cardigan.

Rhonda Buss said...

And it's a fun way to show off that cute little tattoo ;)

Chickie Walsh said...

So cute!

jennifer elliott said...

Nice job.

Jennifer, EOD

Marisa Glied said...

Love the back! Great idea!