Cardigan Upcycle

I am back from vacation today and in the process of doing numerous loads of laundry. As I put away all my clean summer clothes I started to weed a few things out of my closet to make room for some new fall clothes. I have been picking out the items that I did not wear at all this summer to put in the donation pile, when I came across this cardigan that was destine for the pile I decided to give it a new life for the fall.

Then I took a old t-shirt that I had practiced silk screening on as well as ruining the collar with hem tape and cut it up..








Next I cut three sizes leaf patterns from cardboard to use as my templates
Then I traced a few of each on to the brown t-shirt material with tailors chalk.

I then cut the pieces out and this was  was left with.


Next I threw them in the dryer for a few minutes to make them curl up a bit. They turned out like this.
Then I pinned them on randomly to see how they would look. Picking the cardigan up and shaking it a little to see how they would lay and curl.

I determined that more needed to be added to make them look more full.

Then I sewed them on. The petals at the top I sewed completely down since I did not want them sticking up on  my shoulder. The others I just sewed in the middle hoping them would curl up on themselves.

They pretty much did and look more like a ruffle than leaves, but next time I will sew completely down and see how they look.


On my model ,who is somewhat shy, it looks great with a brown cami underneath.

And the finished product. Super Super Easy and cost me $0.00 since I had the t-shirt and the cardigan. I plan to make more since there is a ton of the t-shirt leftover! Enjoy!



Comments

  1. Very creative! I am a new follower from Monday's blog hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

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  2. that looks great and also looks very simple to do.

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    www.AvidAccents.blogspot.com
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  3. new follower!! Love upcycling! Just did a makeover on a grey ribbed tank that is somewhat similar :) Feel free to follow me!

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  4. thanks for linking this up....hope to se you at the next link party on November 1!

    ~L~
    www.AvidAccents.blogspot.com

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  5. That was a good idea to use the fabric that curls on its own. The colors go really well together.

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  6. I don't know how they would look completely sewed down. But I think it looks great as is... like pretty ruffles.

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  7. Thanks for linking up with Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  8. What a great idea. I love recycled clothes like this that get a whole new personality. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

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  9. luv luv the cardigan..
    Maggie
    http://maggielamarre.com

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