Embellish Knit Month: Day 20

November 30, 2010

I saw this cardigan on WWEPW and loved it. So Emma. Just neat and tidy.

So I took a yellow cardigan that I bought at Community Aid for $1.50 and worked my magic. See the before.
Instead of white bias tape I used white rickrack to line the edges. Then I found a really cute yellow and white trim at my local fabric outlet. The entire spool was only $2.95. I'll have enough to last me a lifetime. But also enough to make these variegating flowers for the front.
Finally I liked the white tied blouse that Emma had underneath her sweater but I don't have one of those in my closet. So I took a scrap piece of sheer fabric and made my own faux necktie blouse and hand sewed it into the sweater.
1. I used a disappearing marker and measuring tape and drew a guide for where I'd be sewing my white rickrack. I drew an inch from the the edges and an inch and a half from the bottom.
2. Then I sewed the rickrack using the disappearing marker as a guide.
3. Then I made another guide next to my rickrack an inch and three fourths away. Then sewed another line of rickrack using the guide.
4. To make the flowers I used a yellow and white scalloped trim and felt circle. I hot glued the trim around the circumference of the circle.
5. And gradually spiraled it into the center. Then I attached the flowers by sewing them on. But you can also use hot glue.
6. To make the faux tie, I took a piece of sheer fabric 3 yards long and four inches wide and sewed it lengthwise and then turned it inside out. Then turned in the ends toward the inside and sewed shut.
7. Then I pinned it to the collar.
8. And hand sewed it to the sweater so that the thread went through one side of the collar ribbing and not the outside so that the threads would not show.


38 {comments}:

Darci said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this might be the cutest sweater yet! And adding the faux tie blouse is GENIUS. Love it!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

This one has moved to the front as my favorite so far! I am such a sucker for yellow and I LOVE the added tie.

BridgetJordan said... Best Blogger Tips

This is SO pretty - thank you for the inspiring ideas!

Carolee479 said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! I'm so glad you're planning to continue into December, I'm really enjoying this series!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

yeah this is my favorite too!!

Amy Menges said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this is my favorite. And your photos make everything look stunning. It's been fun keeping up with your sweater month, thanks!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips


Must. Make. This.


Nnenna said... Best Blogger Tips

I love love love embellished knits month- I'm so impressed by all the sweaters you've refashioned!

I don't have your skills, but I'd like to try my hand at one of these :)

Lindsay @ 402CenterStreet.blogspot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Gorgeous! I really love this one.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

would you be willing to sell me some yardage of the trim.. enough to make the flowers...i can send you a chek or pay pal you??? i don't have a store heres that would have anything similar, and i have the sweater already that i can use??? let me know!

banclothing said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my favorite sweater yet. Lovely and the yellow is so refreshing this time of year.

Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

They just keep getting better and better. I want every sweater you have made so far!

mommy Orkid Belle said... Best Blogger Tips

That is just gorgeous! I love yellow! :)

Adin B

Kate said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE this one! Just started following WWEPW, along with your site.

Also, how does disappearing ink work? I realize the name is self-explanatory... yet this Type A personality needs to know more! Do you have to wash it out, or will it fade on its own? Thanks!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the neck tie! Now I need to go find a sweater that I can add that to!

Modavesaire said... Best Blogger Tips

ooo.. you are wonderfull:))

Alison said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my fave yet. I so want to do this - maybe it will be my Christmas present to myself. :)

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE every single one of the sweaters you've redone :o)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

That is soo cute!! You're amazing! :)

The Fear Fam said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Emma and love this cardigan! Amazing! Adding the faux blouse underneath was shear brilliance.

Jolene said... Best Blogger Tips

This one made me exclaim out loud - even though I'm in the house by myself! I love it!

Kym said... Best Blogger Tips

Definitely my favourite so far...LOVE IT!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this one! It's my new favorite!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Every time I think I've seen my favorite embellished knit for the month, you come out with something even better. Gorgeous!

Jessica Peck said... Best Blogger Tips

like lemon meringue pie! i love this sweater so much :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all of these posts! Always looking for ways to make thrifted sweaters look more fun.

Casey said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this is perhaps my favorite redo yet! I really love the addition to the rick rack--and it's such a pretty color. Yet another inspiration piece to add to my to-do list! ;)

♥ Casey | blog

A.J.A. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is gorgeous! Did you add the pocket and cuff detail too? I don't see them on the before sweater. I really love the cuff detail and would love to know how you did that! You are so creative!

Eric and Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE this! You are so talented! I think I might like it even better than the inspiration!

Yannie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the transformation. My mind is busy reviewing what's in my closet that I can transform such a lovely dress.

Margo said... Best Blogger Tips

adorable! and that neck-tie is genius.
can you wash it? I mean, can you wash something that has been hot-glued on?

emily b said... Best Blogger Tips

I am SO going to miss Embellish Knit Month! You are brilliant and completely inspiring.

Sue W said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this sweater!!! So awesome. Do you have any tips on sewing rickrack? They're so squiggly and hard to sew on!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely! It also looks so much like this one that Kate Spade is wearing in this interview pic:

Come to think of it, you look like Kate Spade. You should be her for Halloween!

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

This may be my favorite so far!! Of course, I say that every day and then you come back with yet another fabulous sweater refashion.

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Preppy Pink Crocodile said... Best Blogger Tips

Stunning! Simply stunning!

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

You are amazing! My readers are going to go bonkers for this tutorial! You're a genius!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry I've been neglecting answering questions.

Here I go....
You buy it at JoAnn's or any kind of fabric/craft store. It just goes on like a marker and then in a couple hours disappears! Really handy.

I haven't tried to wash a sweater that has glue in it yet. BUT when I do I will set it on delicates and let it air dry. That's my recommendation.

Sue W,
It really helped to make the lines 'before' I tried to sew it on. AND, I didn't pin it in place or anything. That's just asking or problems. I just sewed it on as I went. And maybe this isn't obvious but just sew down the middle of the squiggles. Don't try and go with the ups and downs. That's not necessary at all.

Hope that helps!!!!

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