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Christmas at St. Valentine's Day

Added Feb 5, 2011

by kelepso

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!

Click here for the full story and more pictures.

Material Notes

Jersey Knit, Zipper




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Preppy, Punk, Rock

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    Feb 23, 2011, 01.34 PMby bathina

    I love it! you did a wonderful work like always -

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      Feb 23, 2011, 02.53 PMby kelepso

      Thank you Bathina!

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    Feb 7, 2011, 01.36 AMby cantare

    VERY cool cardi! I just adore cardis almost as much as jeans. Jeans and cardis…always a winning outfit! And great pic! That zipper up around the neck is such an awesome idea.

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      Feb 7, 2011, 04.55 AMby kelepso


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    Feb 5, 2011, 04.01 PMby cooi

    Um, I’m in LOVE. Wow, just wow. Amaaaazzzinnngg.

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      Feb 5, 2011, 06.31 PMby kelepso

      Me too! :-)

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    Feb 5, 2011, 09.58 AMby suzetewilliams

    Wow, great fabric and great accomplishment making this project. They look great. I specially like the cardigan. I want one too – do you want my address? lol.

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      Feb 5, 2011, 03.20 PMby kelepso

      Awh! Thank you. I am looking forward to making a men’s wear collection by the end of the year. I’ll keep you posted. Obviously, the cardigan is unisex. Lol! Thanks for the compliment.

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    Feb 5, 2011, 08.10 AMby elguanche

    That’s really great. I know how hard it is to work with this kind of fabric but you managed it suuuuuppppppeeerrrrrrrrrrr well! Thumps up!!!

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      Feb 5, 2011, 03.19 PMby kelepso

      You’re right. It is very difficult to work with that fabric, but I’m so attracted to jesery fabrics. They’re so comfortable, available in so many color and weighs. Thanks for the compliment.

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