Yep, sorry, this was actually meant to be the next install in my remix me Mondays, but I bought one too few buttons (what the hell kind of number of buttons is nine, anyway?) so instead you get a remix me Tuesday, which doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it!
is doing a delicious range of embellished cardigans, and my absolute favourite was this one:
Tragically, it seems to have been everyone’s favourite, and by the time I spotted it, you couldn’t get anything above a size “S” for love or money.
Never mind – thought I – a bit of ribbon, a coupla buttons… I reckon I could whip it up in an afternoon.
Foolish, foolish girl.
My first mistake was thinking that it was be easy to find a plain black crew-neck cardigan. In fact I had to spend several hours on Saturday trawling the shops before I remembered I’d seen a possible contender at Dream Diva
a week or so earlier. If you happen to have a plain cardigan (doesn’t have to be black, or course!) the part of the job will be much easier.
If you do
have to buy one specially for the project I suggest you don’t make my second mistake: The Dream Diva cardigan’s a lovely style but the fine knit is very delicate and waaaaaay stretchy. This mean that the first time I tried to sew a ribbon to it the fabric buckled, and the result looked like one of those loose fit dogs.
I did a bit of research online, and one of the sites recommended pinning tissue paper to the wrong side of the garment to stop it stretching while you sewed, then tearing it off once you’re finished. I only had interfacing, which worked an absolute treat. It wouldn’t tear off, but I trimmed the excess away and the result’s much the same.
Once I sorted out the buckling issue it was simply a case of sewing the ribbons and the bows to the cardigan – I did the lot freehand, rather than measuring, which I think gives it a kind of shabby-chic look that works well. (Make sure the ribbon you use is washable, or you won’t be able to wear the cardigan more than a few times!)
Finally I swapped the black buttons for pearl ones and voila!
I’m really pleased with it and even counting the bought-especially cardigan I still spent less than if I’d bought the original from Portmans