I feel like I dropped off the face of the planet. Not literally. Just somehow life has been crazy and the time and scope for blogging in my life has been missing completely. I’ve made things but had no time to picture and post.
This week though I decided to just chill and I’m posting this little story of a cardigan refashion that I’ve completed even though the photos aren’t perfect and the text will be written in and around about 7 other things I need to do in the next 2 days.
My absolutely stunningly-delicious niece is being dedicated this weekend (a dedication is kinda like a christening in case you’re wondering, but without a baptism…mainly because babies can’t decide whether or not they believe in God. They are way more about cuddles and milk and poop…) Anyways I am crazy excited to go and whilst I normally wear jeans to church, I have a new dress and I’m gonna wear it!
This is my dress:
I think it’s so pretty! But if we’re honest it’s completely a summer dress, so I wanted to have a cardigan to wear over the top. I checked out some charity shops near me, a few eBay listings etc but just couldn’t find what I thought was a good fit in colour and style.
So I brought a big coral waterfall cardigan, determined to adapt it to be a snuggly cropped one that would keep me warm and finish off my outfit.
It was only £2.
I. LOVE. A. BARGAIN.
However there was way too much there to work with my dress.
First off, I cut a massive load off the bottom….
It was an improvement but there was still too much fabric. Next I took out a good chunk from under the armpits as there was too much fabric in the back and the sides.
Not sure what happened to my head in this picture. Don’t think it normally looks like that… 😲😂😆🤔
Next I trimmed the waterfall, I did this using my overlocker. The back was a normal knit, but the two front panels were both in rib which distorted slightly.
Trying it on with the dress I could see the proportions were much better! Next I added in some of the belt from the original cardigan to tie the sides together. On the other side I decided a popper would be best to keep everything in the right place.
Now to finish the edges. The white overlooking has it’s own style but it needed a cleaner finish so I decided to hand sew it. It took ages but the finish was definitely worth the effort.
I’m absolutely loving the result. It’s snuggly enough for these colder days but proportioned to show off the shape of the dress. Also coral is totally the colour of the year for 2019 apparently (according to Pantone at least), so I’m all set to be right on trend!
I hope you like the refashion of this waterfall cardigan into a cropped wrap cardigan. I was super excited to go celebrate my niece in my lovely dress without freezing cold arms! 😂