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Kelly-green cardigan

Added Nov 12, 2011

by carolyn-s

Perth, Australia






My own design made out of scraps and leftover oddly shaped pieces: the back of the cardigan is quite short and the two fronts are quite skinny and so give a rather sex-ay decolletage, but y’know what? I like that. I feel like the unusual shape is happily avant-garde and cool.
Something that may not be immediately apparent on first sight, but which amused me while I was making the cardi is this: the whole cardigan is made of just one fabric, and thread, and that is all. I used pieces of the same fabric for all the trims, and the buttons and closures are all made of the self-fabric also. Interesting little factoid, yes?
The closure is with long strips of self-fabric that were laid horizontally and topstitched down on the front of the cardi… as they go off the front edge these are faced with the same fabric (for stability and to lessen stretching through use) to make ribbon ties at the front. The front opening edges of the cardi were decoratively finished with two separate long strips; the underneath one is a wider straight cut strip, and then with a pinked narrower strip sewn on top. I’m really happy with the look of this, it is an interesting edge but still a unobtrusive as it is of the same fabric. The pinked edges remind me of banksia leaves.
The sleeve tabs were made in the same way as the front opening edge trim and faced with self-fabric facing, and I made knot buttons of the same fabric to decorate…
More details on my blog here
The dress is a modified version of Simplicity 3745, and is made of pink lace

Material Notes

green cotton jersey




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Other

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    Nov 14, 2011, 02.27 AMby mojo elgin

    OOH! I love it! I want one!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 08.34 PMby libra-s

    Great design and execution!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 04.29 AMby schnui

    I love your cardigan. You have inspired me to do something similar. A new fabric shop has opened in Brisbane and they sell merino stretch knit which will be perfect to make a similar cardigan. Not that I will need it in Brisbane for a while. Thank-you for sharing your lovely cardigan.

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      Nov 13, 2011, 08.26 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 06.37 PMby madebymeg

    love all the little details!

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      Nov 13, 2011, 08.25 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you Meg!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 04.33 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    adorable!! isn’t it allways stunning, how freely we work, when it is left over material???

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      Nov 13, 2011, 08.25 AMby carolyn-s

      thank you Ralf! Yes, it is true, I just happily stitched and cut away without caring whether I would ruin the fabric because it was already scraps, and it happened to work out just right!
      Expensive fabric can be scary…!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 04.19 PMby tessi

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

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      Nov 13, 2011, 08.26 AMby carolyn-s

      thanks tessi!

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    Nov 12, 2011, 03.34 PMby MusterSchnittchen

    uuuuuuuuuuuuh! Sweet!

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