Friday, October 08, 2010

October Refashion Challenge #1 // Fiber #18: Amarynth

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 ...


Alessa said...

Wow, that turned out really lovely! Love the crocheted flowers!
I'm intrigued with your new project, it's a really nice color.

Minnado said...

The cardigan looks really great. I am with you on the approach to lopsidedness. Looking forward to seeing what the next refashion is.

Ali said...

If you just told everyone you got it Anthropologie, they'd totally believe you. Fabulous refashion! I've a weakness for cardigans, so I'm looking forward to all your refashions.

And I'm itching for that pretty yoke (and dreaming of ways to use it!)

Hope you're well, lady :)

Sigrid said...

I really the the monochrome look of this--and those 3/4 length sleeves. Oh yes, getting sleeves and pants legs the same length or buttons spaced evenly can be more of a challenge than construction (sighs all too knowingly). Can't wait to see the rest.

Zonnah said...

Very cute! I like how you are teasing us with the next project pic :)

Roobeedoo said...

Oh yes - lovely! So much more wearable!

poet said...

This is so cute! I need to learn how to crochet flowers, really!


Anonymous said...

This is really cute.
Poet crochet flowers are quite easy to master. I made a ton for my wedding.e

Amy L Sargent said...

this is the most wonderful pullover-to-cardigan refashion i've seen yet on WR. it looks fabulous!

as for the anthropologie vibe, it is so close! IMHO, there are too many flowers on the front of the cardigan, where flowers on only one side of the front [and then as-is across the back] might get a little closer. they do have a lot of asymmetrical embellishments. beautiful work, though!