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Bottna embroidered cardigan

Added Jan 3, 2011

by flosiepoos

Oxfordshire, Uni...






This is another cardigan refashion, since I’m in the mood… I found a Marks & Spencer’s cardie in a charity shop for £2 and it was in new condition. It’s one of those plain boring ones, way too prim to my liking, so the first thing I did was create a boat neck to take the severity out of it. The fit was otherwise perfect so I didn’t need to alter the shape further.

After much deliberating and trying on different ribbons and lace (oooh – back to Prim Stage One!) I decided to make this into a unique piece by embroidering Marimekko’s Bottna design onto it. The pattern comes from a favourite mug! I left the buttons as they were because they don’t distract from the embroidery. Because I have long hair I didn’t bother embellishing the back of the neckline as it won’t be visible anyway.

The white stuff in the pictures isn’t fluff or dandruff – they’re snow flakes courtesy Mother Nature! And I really, REALLY need a new dress form…

To see how I embroidered the cardigan, see also my hot-off-the-press technique Transfer Embroidery Designs in the learning section.

Material Notes

Prim cardie, scissors, cotton embroidery floss, needle, pins, felt tip pen, sellotape, Stitch ’n Tear, pattern paper, a tea mug and silly movie to watch while working.



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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Ethnic, Preppy, Romantic

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  • 2010-11-22-221704_3_large

    Mar 3, 2011, 11.37 AMby pineapplechunks

    pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty!

    Love it.

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