Thursday, September 23, 2010

ruffle your sweater

I spotted this cardigan at Banana Republic a few weeks ago.

It’s even lovelier in person. The ruffles are made from several different textures and types of fabric. As much as I wanted to take it home with me, I’m not the kind of girl who buys $80 sweaters.

However, I’ve been needing a new long sleeved white cardigan and I had this old H&M sweater hanging in my closet.

It didn’t take me long to spirit the sweater off to my sewing room and start reconstructing it into something more fun. I cut straight up the middle, folded the edges under, pinned, and sewed.

Next, I chose fabric for my ruffles. I like the two-tone look the original has, but I wanted to be able to wear this cardigan with a lot of different outfits, so I went for a monochromatic look.

I created my ruffles from a white t-shirt, a sheer cream scarf, and the white fabric from the inside of a necktie. I simply pinned the ruffles to the sweater and sewed them down.

I think my version is a bit fluffier than the original, but I’m pretty happy with it.

I may sew on a button closure, but for now, I love using a sweet little earing to cinch the cardigan together.

It also looks pretty cute belted.

Let me know if you make your own ruffled cardigan, I’d love to see it!

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Simply Step Back said...

I absolutely love it! I can't wait to try it. :)

Cecily said...

Oh so pretty! And perfect for fall - thanks for the tutorial! :)

Courtney said...

Too cute! I am so impressed. I LOVE all things ruffle and need to try this! Thanks

Sophia said...

SOOO adorable. I am in love with it.

Ashley said...

Thats so cute! I wish I knew how to sew.

Kara said...

SO CUTE!!! Turned out great :)

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sisters4saymoreismore said...

i die for a ruffle! i have totally been eyeing that banana sweater! now i can make my own! thanks for the tute!


The Blackwood Cottage said...

That is beautiful! Looks like it came from Anthropology, love it!!!

Tracy said...

I'd love to see it on you- looks great! Another success!

Tiffany said...

LOVE what you did with that sweater! I love me some ruffles and that is just perfect! Beautiful job!

Jennifer said...

I just found your blog through Sisters 4 say More is More. This is a great DIY project! How clever! I want to try making one as well! Thank you for the great post :)

Rene said...

Your sweater is absolutely adorable!

Dee said...

Oh I love it!! I need to figure out how to use my sewing machine ASAP!