Stormy Weather Cardigan

I needed a break from the reconstructions from my closet, so I have two thrift store finds for the next two posts.

The first project was this weird two-in-one sweater/cardigan thingy.

The sweater was horribly unflattering in the state I found it, but I loved the soft, warm material and the pattern.

My plan was to turn it into a basic cardigan. So, the first step was to remove the faux undershirt piece.

Once I began this procedure, I discovered the project was going to require a bit more work than I’d anticipated. All of the pieces were connected at the shoulder, armhole and side seams.

At first, this seemed like an annoyance. But, I thought about it some more and concluded that taking the sweater completely apart would allow me to create a better fit.

The back piece, front pieces and sleeves detached from one another

I knew that I wanted it to fit snugger at the sides and in the sleeves. Originally I was simply going to sew the new side seam all the way up the sleeve, without making any shape/fit adjustments. However, to make it look more professional, I decided to reshape the armholes and shoulder seams.

Cutting a couple inches from each side, in preparation for reshaping the armholes and creating new shoulder seams

I also adjusted the sleeves.

Lining the sleeve up with the new armhole to determine what shape and size the new sleeve should be

I sewed the shoulder seams and reattached the smaller sleeves. Then, I stitched the new side seams, from the bottom of the cardigan to the wrists of the sleeves.

Almost complete

Using the strip scraps from one side of the sweater, I created a little bow to add below the shoulder on one side of the cardigan.

It's bow-time!

Once I attached the bow, the “Stormy Weather Cardigan” was ready for a stormy day.

Minus the sequins (which is the way I like it), this cardigan from Modcloth is pretty similar to my thrifted cardigan.

http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Tops/Sweaters/Bubbling+With+Beauty+Cardigan+in+Grey

http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Tops/Sweaters/Bubbling+With+Beauty+Cardigan+in+Grey

I’ve been looking for a nice grey cardigan for a while. The color is very versatile, and the little bow makes the outfit fun.

Instead of $43 plus shipping, I paid $1, some thread and time. Needless to say, I’m a happy girl.

I’m also ecstatic about the cooler temperatures that have finally made an appearance here in SoCal. So, I actually got to wear this ensemble to the grocery store today. Well, sort of… I didn’t actually wear the cardigan. I still have the blood of an Idahoan, and 60˚ is not cool enough for me to wear a cardigan. But, I did have it just in case I needed it. 😉

I even had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season in celebration of the hint of fall.

Update:

Both of my entries into the Burdastyle remake contest made it into the top 50. Now, the winner will be chosen by member voting. There are a lot of fabulous entries. If you have a chance, take a look at all of the creativity. My entries are #2 and #36 in the photo slide-show.

Here’s a link to the slide-show: http://burdastyle.com/albums/186/images?page=36&size=small

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4 Responses to Stormy Weather Cardigan

  1. Love it! I love refitting/upcycling projects from thrift store finds better than any kind of project. 🙂

  2. Laurie Laffoon says:

    It is really cute! I really love the little bow!

  3. frk.bustad says:

    That’s such a great upcycling! I adore your new cardigan! I going straight to a charity shop now…

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