Embellish Knit Month: Day 12

November 15, 2010

I found this boring oversized sweater at Community Aid for $2. See the before. It had a faux undershirt sewn into it which gave me a great opportunity to use that extra material for matching embellishment.
Sorry for all the fall leave shoots. Doing a sweater everyday takes up more time than making a dress per week so I have far less time to plan and travel to another location. BUT isn't it the best time of year to have to photograph outdoors?! I lucked out.
To make this sweater I cut up the faux undershirt and sewed the pieces into one long strip then gathered it at the sides and middle then sewed it to the shirt. I also added these really neat frog enclosures at the front. They are wire encased in navy woven nylon rope. Just the right finishing touch.

1. First I cut out the faux undershirt.
 2. Then I took that piece and cut it into 4" wide strips.
3. I then sewed the strips together. To make one long strip.
4. I then gathered the right side.
5. Then I gathered the left side.
6. Then I gathered the middle.
7. I pinned it to the sweater.
8. And sewed it on either side of the ruffle.
9. Then I sewed the frogs on.

39 {comments}:

Lydia said... Best Blogger Tips


Katrine said... Best Blogger Tips

oooh, pretty! I think this one is my favorite so far!

Carolina Bernardo said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your new project. Adorable!
I wish I had more time to invest in new projects, maybe at spring time!!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said... Best Blogger Tips

That is seriously cute! Love the frog closures. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for one of these double sweaters!

Joanie Coyote said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm loving your sweater refashions. I can't believe you're knocking them out so fast. I will be tackling some of my projects starting this week and I definitely want to do some sweaters now. Thank you and keep 'em coming. :)

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, I can't keep up. Another amazing sweater. I like the frogs. I also like all the photos you have been taking outside. Looks like you live in a very beautiful place.

Sheila said... Best Blogger Tips

Umm...hold on a second. I'm going to need a close-up of those super cute shoes.
Great sweater!

grim said... Best Blogger Tips

i love how you turn blerg into OMG WANT with these sweaters. this blog has cut my clothing purchases down by 90% - now I just figure out a way to make what i want. merci mille fois!

grim said... Best Blogger Tips

i love how you turn blerg into OMG WANT with these sweaters. this blog has cut my clothing purchases down by 90% - now I just figure out a way to make what i want. merci mille fois!

Ribbons Undone said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow--I'm pretty new to sewing. So scared to try any of your projects! You make everything look so easy. Or is that sew easy?!

Sabr said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This is my favorite so far. The before to after transformation are miles apart, stylewise. So glad you're sharing all these ideas this month!!!

Darci said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE that! It's got a "marching band" vibe that's so fun!

Jessica Peck said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm in love with this series! I can't wait until the holiday season slows down for me so I can sew some sweaters for myself! Good thing I live in Wisconsin and we have cold weather until March :) Thank you!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen....can I just buy it off you?!? Mine don't seem to turn out as wonderful as yours! I love it! Putting a new project on my list...

MMIMS said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this sweater. The frog closure looks amazing with it. Another wonderful refashion.

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I know! I got them at Gabriel Brother for only $4! I posted an instagram on Twitter:

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

You seriously have vision!

jhelene said... Best Blogger Tips


Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

I look forward to your posts everyday. I really wish I was this talented to even transform one sweater. Everything is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Reyna Meinhardt said... Best Blogger Tips

This one is beautiful! Very creative, I think it's my favorite one that you've done so far!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this Kathleen, it would look super expensive if you used a sheer or silky material for the embellishment. Can't wait to try this, my favorite so far!

Jenn A said... Best Blogger Tips

Everything you've done is so amazing! I am totally impressed with each and every one of these transformations. They are beautiful!

Lynda said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! This is such a great idea. I get sooo excited to check your blog every day!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite so far!

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

These have all been so fabulous! Don't apologize for the leaf pics, I think they're great. I am curious about one thing though...would you recommend dry cleaning or do you think they would hold up in the wash? I say "they" but I know it depends upon each sweater and how you've embellished it. I guess I'm asking about this one in particular because of the two sides of the new gathered front.

The Little Red Shop said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! Great job!!!

: )

Julie M.

Aubree said... Best Blogger Tips

I just can't even handle the creativity! I teach a crafts class at a junior high and showed my girls your website today. They were positively drooling over your sweaters!I think a few are going to be trying some refashions. I know I am! Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas.

Are you going to sell any of these sweaters? I think we look about the same size...

Sally said... Best Blogger Tips

Definitely my favorite! I am in awe that you could look at that before sweater and come up with that gorgeous after! Wow! Brilliant!

Alice Barton said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so thankful to you for this challenge!!!
Soooo inspiring!!
it is just amazing!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!

magdamagda said... Best Blogger Tips

totally taken aback! it's so much fun that I can't focus on the details, it's just one whole piece! the stripes give it a sporty flair, the front elements seem like a victorian trip in time and a chinese trip in space;) or at least it makes me think abt those... and all that with knits, wow, congrats!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Every time you use frog closures, I adore them. I'm going to have to put something together with the things.

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

I have loved all of them but this might be my very favorite ever!

jayayceeblog said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a fantastic transformation. Nicely done! Love the matching blue tights. =D

Kylar said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my laws, definitely my favorite one so far! I absolutely adore this!

Brigg said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my god! i love it!

Tamsin said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing! Where do you get all your ideas from? Did you do lots of research before you started the month? It would take me forever to even get the right idea for each piece!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I just want to thank you for sharing all your wonderful info! I never though you could take in a sweater or turn a pullover into a cardigan!
I've learned how to do both thanks to you.
You're a great teacher!

mommy Orkid Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

This one is my favorite! Hmmm.. I am going to another rummage sale tomorrow and now I have some great ideas from you. Thank you so much!

Adin B

Yin said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome sweater! I agree with all the comments: I can't wait to try this.

Did you resize this sweater too? Do you resize all of them? Do you resize the arms too, or just the waist?


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