Today I found this Wet Seal sweater for $1.50 at Community Aid. I liked the stripes and the colors used. It was soft and had some nice ribbing around the cuffs and waist but it was just a little too short as a sweater. I thought paired with a tank top or camisole and jeans it could look tastefully sporty. Some things just look better in layers.
So I turned it into a cardigan. See an in depth tutorial below. And please refer to this day whenever you want to turn a sweater into a cardigan.
1. Measure the middle of the sweater and cut from waist to neckline.
2. Take double folded bias tape that either compliments or matches the color of your sweater. And cut a piece two inches longer than the measurement from the neck to the waist.
3. Fold the raw edge of either new opening to the wrong side of your sweater.
4. Place the raw edge inside the folded bias tape.
5. Sew the bias tape down the middle. Make sure you catch the sweater in the middle of the bias tape.
6. When you get to the end (and for the beginning) to prevent fraying take your extra inch of bias tape....
7. And fold it back, under the bias tape....
8. And continue to sew down the middle to the end.
9. Done. Now if you want to add buttons. Just space them equally down the sweater and mark where each will be sewn. Then sew them to the sweater. Use this tutorial to do it quick and easy.Then use this tutorial to help you make them easily.
To make corresponding button holes mark on the opposite side where the button holes will need to be.