May(de): Bye Baby Bunting

Cardigan: Cocolatte – Remixed

Skirt: Sussan

Tights: Sussan

Boots: Duo Boots

Still going!

Earlier in May(de) I showed you a remixed cardigan, and said that I was going to make another version of it in more pastel subdued colours. Well, here it is!

The colours are a little more vibrant in real life, but they’re all patterned fabrics (as you’ll see below).

I was delighted to discover – a few days after I completed the remix project – a pastel bunting necklace at Lovisa that matches pretty splendidly. I bought it, of course.

Necklace: Lovisa

The instructions are pretty much identical to my original remix, but I thought since I was going to make it anyway I may as well photograph it.

So, first off, you’ll need a cardigan, some tearaway backing paper, and an assortment of fabric for the bunting flags.

Cut the fabric into a number of small triangles. The first time I did a complicated mathematical equation to figure out exactly how many flags I needed. This time I winged it. Winging it is fine.

Take a fabric marker or a bit of chalk and mark where you’d like your string of flags to go.

Pin some tearaway backing paper onto the inside of the cardigan. I can’t actually stress how much you shouldn’t skip this step. Without it anything you try to sew onto the cardigan (especially those with a lot of stretch) will end up buckling and warping the fabric. I forgot to buy backing paper, so I used interfacing instead. It’s more expensive, but it does the job.

OK, time to pin your flags into place. I tried not to be too methodical, so they’ve got a random pattern going on. Personally I prefer that than going pink-blue-yellow-green-pink-blue-yellow etc etc.

Once you’ve got the flags pinned into place crank up your sewing machine, and sew them along the top (where the string would be if it were real bunting) using satin stitch.

Once that’s done switch to a regular stitch and go up and down the remaining two sides of the triangles. You can do this in one big zig zag. Oh, I should add that you can finish the sides of the triangles (before you sew them to the cardigan, obviously) with a zig zig edge to stop them fraying if you should so wish. I liked the shabby chic effect of the tatty edges, so I kept them.

Once your flags are attached it’s time to tear off of the backing paper…

And you’re done!

May(de): Carvivale

Top: Vintage @ We Are Large, People

Cardigan: Cocolatte (remixed)

Skirt: Target

Leggings: Ambra

Shoes: Melissa

This is my favourite remix project that I almost never wear.

I love the bunting appliques in bold primary colours, and the gold carnivalesque buttons, but it’s simply a cardigan that doesn’t play well with others.

The base colour of the cardigan is already so bright, that teaming it with an equally bright skirt takes the cardigan beyond being circus-inspired into costume-party territory.

I tend to only wear it with black bottoms, but even that has to be understated. Trousers or a narrow skirt.

I recently bought some squares of patterned quilting fabric, and some time during May(de) I’m going to remix another – more subdued – cardigan with bunting flags. Hopefully that one will get a bit more airtime!