First up in this October Refashion Challenge series:
A dark blue pullover sweater that's sat in my closet for several years now. It's a very soft and lovely and warm pullover, but several sizes larger than I normally wear, and it turns out that I'm not terribly fond of crewneck sweaters. After a lot of handstitching and crocheting, my new cardigan:
I plan to put up a brief "how to" over the weekend, but essentially I slit up the front center of the cardigan, turned those edges under and finished them with ribbon, folded the sleeves up to make them 3/4 length, and then handstitched a bunch of crocheted flowers onto the front and back. Add 3 decorative buttons with snaps underneath to hold it closed, and voila!
I found the buttons in a jar of vintage buttons that my mom gave me, and the yarn is leftover from my latest knitting adventure [photos coming soon, I promise!]. I had originally thought that bright red buttons would be fun, but on second thought decided that keeping it a blue-on-blue theme would increase the overall versatility of the sweater. I was trying for an Anthropologie-esque feel with the oversized flowers and random placement, but the jury's still out on whether that was achieved or not.
Yes, if you look closely the 3 buttons are not evenly spaced [sigh, what was I saying about listening to Farmer John and measuring???], and yes, if you look closely those sleeves are not exactly the same length. But my current motto: as long as it wouldn't stop you from wearing it, (and I stand so lopsided that most people probably wouldn't notice), then I would rather spend the time on a new project, rather than unpicking an old one!
Speaking of new projects, here's the second on my list for the October Refashion Challenge. Stay tuned ...