Added Feb 5, 2011
Miami, Florida, ...
Last year, I had my eye on this great fabric at Joann’s. When I saw it, it was love at first sight and I knew exactly how I would use it. It took me a while to purchase it, because I wasn’t willing to spend the amount of money they were asking for it. Fortunately, when I finally purchased it, I got for a STEAL – literally. I went home with 3-1/2 yards for $5.55; when the original price was $7.99 per yard. I got so much fabric, I decided I would make as many things as possible to get my money’s worth.
Initially, these items were to be finished at the beginning of winter, but I just had the opportunity to finish the remaining 3 pieces last week.
The cardigan is a simple and easy covering I use to layer my clothes. It closes with a black zipper that is attached to the entire edge of the opening; even around the neck. The reason being is, my initial concept and inspiration for this cardigan was a flag. So, my intentions were to make a coordinating scarf with a matching zipper along its edge that would attach to the zipper on the cardigan; insinuating a draped flag around the neck with the option of detaching it as needed. However, I decided to swash that idea, because it was over-kill and it was to matchy-matchy.
On the left side of the cardigan, the stripes are slightly unaligned. Nonetheless, I’m very proud of myself because this was my first time working with stripes.
Fortunately, I finished the cardigan last year and I was able to wear it to my cousin’s wedding reception. Coincidentally, her wedding colors were wine (burgundy) and silver. Go figure!
The scarf is a separate covering that can be combined with other articles of clothing from my closet. It measures approximately 10"W x 40"L. It’s really soft and comfortable too.
Using existing underwear, I made a tank top and my very first pair of briefs. I love the tank top, because it can be worn with a pair of jeans or shorts on a sunny day. The briefs are very comfortable too. I finished them with a white elastic waistband (not seen in the photograph) and rotated the stripe vertically at the center of the brief for variety. I love wearing them both, but I think I’m gonna save this ensemble for Valentine’s Day.
All in all, this was my mini fashion collection for Winter. Lol!
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