Friday, December 10, 2010


Sorry for the blurry picture it is hard to take a picture of yourself in a mirror, very hard. I didn't know what to do with my face. I felt it was better to look away than to smile goofy and mess up the one picture that had enough light that you could see the shirt.

I loved the color it spoke to me, so I picked it up at a thrift store for less than .50. It didn't fit. I was going to wear it unbuttoned and cut the cardigan down but fate had a different plan. When I can't figure out what to do with a piece, I wear it for a day and mess with it every hour and try to envision it differently each time.
Here was the cardigan. It is a descent cardigan. However, I am wondering who makes horizontal stripped cardigans in an extra large... apparently Old Navy does. I can imagine why the original owner tossed it out.
Seamrip all of the buttons off.
Then line the button hole side up with the side seam on the opposite side, like this.
And it is completely over.
Place a mark through each button hole onto the seam line.
Then sew a button on each marking.
Double your thread over when sewing buttons on. Then go in and out of the holes at least three times. Then tie off in a square knot and you are done. Sew each button on. It only took a few minutes. Do it while watching television and it will even go faster. I had to take a few breaks especially when my two year old needed a kiss every few minutes.
Then you will need to secure the other side in place. You will need a set of snaps for this.
I don't know if you can see but I measured down from the armpit of the shirt to my first button hole. Then I did the same on the other side and sewed on half of the snap there.
Then I looked for remainings thread from when I seamripped the buttons off to identify where I removed the first button. I sewed the other side of the snap here. (ALSO: If I was a skinny minny, I would have sewn a snap at the bottom too but I am not so I didn't because I didn't want to have the cardigan stretched funny there. I chose to let it hang. However, if you are a skinny minny I think it would look more high-end to add a snap there also.)
Done, easy peasy. Enjoy the tutorial. Lovin' my model stance? I crack myself up. I am so ackward in pictures.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! So talented. Thanks...we have a really nice Goodwill here, and I shop there often. Now when I get tired of the same old clothes, I can make them more fashionable with your help!
    You are amazing!