I am WAY more of a cardigan girl than I am a plain-ol' sweater girl. My theory? The more layers - the happier I am! Sew... when I needed a black and white polk-me-dotted cardigan, could I find one?
However, I did find a sweater. And... me being the determined hard-head that I am... decided I could just turn it in to a cardigan.
Had I ever done that before?
BUT! It's not that hard!!! And I'm not kidding you - I spent MAYBE an hour making it happen!
Here's how I did it:
|Grab a sweater that is a size tooooooo big for you - turn it inside-out and fold the front in half.|
|Then get really destructive and CUT right up the middle.|
|Grab some Single Fold Bias Tape and iron the folds out so that it is flat.|
|Pin it right sides together leaving about 3/4 of an inch extra tape at the neckline and the hem.|
|And stitch it. I used an 1/8" seam.|
|Do both sides that way. :)|
|After you are "in stitches", fold the tabs on the top and bottom in/under, then fold and pin the Bias Tape in/under to the inside of the sweater...|
|And stitch. And then stitch again. I did a stitch line an 1/8" in... and then an 1/8" in from the other side.|
I really hope all of this is making sense... I know what I'm talking about - I'm hoping it's coming out of my fingers the same way it is stitching it's way through my brain sew that YOU know what I'm talking about!
|VOILA! You have a cardigan front! Now... pick some buttons and sew 'em on... then mark where your button holes need to go.|
|And make your button holes. Oh... if you have the button hole attachment foot for my sewing machine, can I have it back? Please? I will pay the ransom in cardigans.|
|Now you are all buttoned up. Sew EASY, right?!|
"the Mama" raised me in polk-me-dots, lace, red, BIG BOWS, and some pearls... sew as soon as it is LESS THAN 189 DEGREES here in my 'hood...
comin' to you LIVE from a single-wide that could be filling up with sweaters sew that I can turn them in to cardigans... that was really fun! Are you going to try it?