Added Jan 3, 2011
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.
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.
Sewing & Techniques
Check out this step-by-step on sewing our wrapped and pleated mini skirt
What do you think of these summery styles?
Check out the debut of this lovely designer style pattern with angular pleats
Behind the seams with Marina von Koenig Part 1
Dreamy dresses, floral prints, and cute spring tops.
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