Embellish Knit Month: Day 17

November 24, 2010

I saw SUPER cute sweater on WWEPW. It's a Kate Spade Cardigan that you can buy on eBay for $200. Love it....but no thanks. On the other hand, I knew what my next sweater would bee:) Oh and BTW, What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear is THE BEST place for cardigan inspiration.
I took a plain black sweater that I bought at Community Aid for $1.50. See before. First off, I liked the Kate Spade version but I wanted to add a little of my own flair. So I added a scoop neck peter pan collar and cute yellow mini knob buttons.
I think the idea is so whimsical. When paired with a black and white skirt and yellow and white ruffled undershirt (which I bought at the Sal Val or $2) it looks really neat. The skirt is from H&M. I bought it for $12.99. And last night I bought a pair of black chevron over the knee tights online to wear with this outfit. For now the plain black nylon thigh highs will do. And I WILL be wearing this ensemble for Thanksgiving dinner. It's just too cute:
The yellow balloon was the most expensive part of the outfit! But wasn't it worth it?! I bought it at a party store down the street from my home for $15+tax. It's 3' wide and blows up to be a perfect circle. So lovely. I took it home where it was promptly popped by Molly within 5 minutes. We were all sad. But I'll be keeping the big round balloon idea in my back pocket for later.I know I'm sort of behind this month but don't worry, I'll probably be extending into December until I get to 30. Actually I'm really kinda liking having all these new sweaters. My daily wardrobe decisions have exploded!

Step 1: First I made the sweater into a cardigan. See day 6 for details on how to do that. Then I cut a scoop neck out of the front of your sweater. To do this I cut one side then folded it over and used the cut out piece to cut the other side so they matched.
Step 2: Cut the back of the neckline just below the ribbing of the neck.
Step 3: I took an existing scoop neck peter pan collar front pattern and cut out my pieces from another old white sweater. Four pieces total. If you don't have one I would recommend using a piece of scrap fabric and placing it on top of your sweater and then cutting it in the shape of a peter pan scoop neck collar plus 5/8" allowance on all sides. Then use that as your pattern template.

4. Cut two pieces of white sweater fabric around the back of the neckline. To do this using a piece of scrap fabric and placing it on top of the back of the sweater and ON ONE SIDE ONLY cut in the shape you would like plus 5/8" allowance. Place the template on the fold of your sweater fabric and cut. Do this twice for two pieces.
5. Sew the pieces right sides together leaving the inside unsewn.
6. Sew to sweater, right sides together. Then topstitch around neckline edges to secure the collar down.
7. Cut pieces of yellow, white and black fabric to make a felt bee.
8. Then super glue together.
9. Sew to sweater in desired position.
 10. Then I sewed on the buttons.

11. Using a tapestry needle I threaded a silk cord into a swirly pattern on the sweater that led to the bee.

43 {comments}:

Lilly said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so pretty and fun! Definitely a gorgeous cardi!

Katie M said... Best Blogger Tips

I like your version so much more than the Kate Spade!

pam said... Best Blogger Tips

i just discovered your blog. i am in love! thanks for the inspiration. i'm going thrifting right after work.

Red de rOuge said... Best Blogger Tips

Very very pretty!!!
I love!

lap said... Best Blogger Tips

The whimsy of this makes it my absolute favorite of the month! I'm going to try a ladybug variation I think for Christmas presents, since Ladybugs are a family power animal.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

i love it....my favorite, and how funny that i was about to try to recreate the same kate spade cardigan..i did not think to add the collar but i will now, glad i waited!!!

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

Yours is so much better! I love the collar!

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely sweater, and lovely photos!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I Am madly,madly, madly in love with this sweater. I want to give making a similar one myself. I enjoy your blog and appreciate your tutorials and super clear instructions. Danke. Heather

Libby said... Best Blogger Tips

Would not pay the $200 price tag for the actual Kate Spade version. But yours is MUCH MUCH cuter and more worth the price. Thanks for the inspiration! You are amazingly talented!!!

Mrs Chronic-Shock said... Best Blogger Tips

That is adorable! I think I'm going to use the inspiration and make a ladybug cardi :)

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for doing a knock off of this caridgan. I have been salivating over it for months and I just saw it on a blogger today. And, I love your bee much better than kate spades.

tu-ki-mu said... Best Blogger Tips

you are talented.17 works with 3 children are amazing for 24 days. you are superb crafter!

MJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this!!! Think might copy this :)

Chrissy said... Best Blogger Tips

You have inspired me to try a new project! I love looking at all your tutorials, hopefully after a little practice I'll be making cute sweaters as well :) By the way, if you haven't found them yet, Sock Dreams has the cutest selection of socks and tights.

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

really pretty! I just saw a cardi on anthro and thought of you! I am in loooove with it and bet you would rock it!

Tanya-Yanata said... Best Blogger Tips

one of my favorute so far.nice job!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This one is my favorite so far! Definitely putting this one on my "to make" list.

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

Yours is so much cuter than the Kate Spade! Loooooooooove it!

The Sew Convert said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh! This is too cute! Love it!

fabricmanic said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen you rock! I like your version better than the original. I hope your sweater series is still on your web by the time it is autumn here. (I live in Australia and we're just about to go into summer). ps will the bumblee hold up with the superglue when you wash it?

Author said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a question: what kind of dressform do you use? I'm looking around for one, but I'm not really sure what the good ones are or even what makes a dressform good.

Yannie said... Best Blogger Tips

I fell in love with your blog the first time I came here. Pretty neat, so cool. Your ideas are exactly what I need to redo my old stuffs.

Thanks a bunch!

Sarah O. said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I have a new favorite Embellishment Knit! Seriously, I'm in love!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been following your blog for a while, first of all: You're SO talented! and then... I can't get over the cuteness of this cardi! Will shamelessly copy it :)

Sandra Toro said... Best Blogger Tips

is so beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm actually not sure if it will hold up. I've never tried. What I would do would be to wash it on the delicate cycle then air dry. OR just sew the felt together. I used the lazy way and hot glued. But sewing works better:)

Miss Missy,
It depends. Are you looking for a dress form to sew with or show off clothing with? If you are looking for one to sew with I recommend a dritz. I believe they sell them at JoAnn's and they frequently have sales. You might even be able to use one of their coupons toward it but don't quote me on that. If you are looking for one to show off clothing I recommend looking on ebay and use the words "dress form". A TON of things will show up. You shouldn't pay more than $75 for one that includes the shipping. That's all I paid for mine.

Hope that helps guys! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this one. You look so, so cute! Happy Thanksgiving!

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Love, love, LOVE!! I checked out your inspiration sweater, and I have to say that your version is waaaay cuter!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Tea said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This is so bee-autiful! I too like your version more than the original! And I love the whole outfit you put together!

Carolina Bernardo said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet story ***

Irene said... Best Blogger Tips

Your version is SO much more cute!

gretchen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so darn cute! I just may have to try a version of it myself.

banclothing said... Best Blogger Tips

You are a creative genius; I hope you know that.

astrid said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutely cute! love it! will reproduce it =)

Çoko Prenses said... Best Blogger Tips

So sweet!!!!!! I like bees and in my opinion the way(?) is very cute :)
But but but the best thing on this post is your photos with your cardigan :)
I shared your post in my blog -I have to traslated to Turkish because I am from Turkey- and ofcourse I wrote your blog's adress. You can check it on 11/28/2010.
If you want I will translate what I have written to you :)
And one more thing if you do not want to this -sharing- I will delete my post.
Thanks :)

PinkGranny said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a very cute sweater! Congratulations on your terrific sense of creativity and your talent to put it to good use.

chiiiiing said... Best Blogger Tips

yours is a million times cuter and more whimsical than the kate spade one. YUMMYYY!!!

melina bee said... Best Blogger Tips

love this! going to have to put felt bees on all my stuff from now on, uh oh. the little flying away stitches and collar are the perfect extra touches.

Author said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Kathleen! That does help.

dreamalittle said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great idea and I love the bee! :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for all of the inspiration - I can't really sew, but my thrift store finds could certainly be embellished!

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