Friday, April 5, 2013

Shopping My Closet: Colorblock Cardi Refashion

This cardi started out life as an all-pink concoction with ruffles down the button placket, from AT Loft.  It's several years old and I never wear it.  The fit is just kind of awkward, slightly short and too crew-necked:

I've honestly never been a huge fan of the color-blocked look, but I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out. It's not going to be my favorite sweater, but the length is great and it will definitely get more wear that it used to.  I had to go online to find some color-blocking inspiration...


wet seal
Then I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to slice 'er up.  I also used them to cut the black and white panels, and I think the final product turned out a lot more neatly because of the nice straight lines I got...cutting knits can be a challenge!

I had a little trouble with buttonholes, and I found that putting tissue paper (just ordinary stuff left over from gift bags) on top and bottom of the material while making my buttonholes helped the fabric to not stretch.  

Top two are done with tissue: nice and tidy.  Bottom two hack jobs done without, and the presser foot really stretched the fabric out of shape.

The breakdown:

pink cardi: from my closet, free
Black patterned sweater knit: $8 from
buttons: $11 from Jo-Anns
Total: $19

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