Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Red sweater to Festive Cardi Refashion

I know X'mas was a few months ago. But I have always wanted a piece of clothing that I can just throw on and it will say 'festive'. I'm not talking about a X'mas sweater with a moose on it (nothing wrong with that if that's what people like). I wanted something that says festive but still versatile enough for the office. Something simple and not too out there.

I thrifted this red sweater last month. It's a nice wool mix and I like the colour. But I'm not too fond of the metallic yarn embellishments on the shoulders.
So I got out the seam ripper, chalk and scissors, plus some ribbon and buttons in my stash.

1. First I measured the centre of the sweater and marked it with chalk.2. Then I sewed 2 ribbons as facings to the opening of the cardi before I slashed the centre of the sweater open. I prefer doing it this way just so that the cut sweater edges don't stretch out too much.
3. I folded the ribbons to the inside of the sweater and sewed them down. Then I added buttonholes and faux pearl buttons to make it a functional cardi. I also removed the metallic yarn from the shoulders.
4. I now have a functional cardi. I thought perhaps I could add a little more embellishment with the same red ribbon to make it just a bit more 'festive'.

I'm pretty happy with it. I think the pearl buttons are elegant. If I change my mind about the ribbon trim later, it's not too difficult to take it out. Can't wait to wear it!


  1. Very nice! Are those buttons actually functional? Or are they just sewed on to make it look like a button up? Would love to see more details on how you did that part! The ribbon around the neck is very nice, too. (But, I think I've got that part figured out!) You can email me at tishschneider@tds.net. (Pretty please? <>)

    Thanks in advance for the info! This is exactly what I've been looking to do with a red sweater in my refashion stash!

  2. Thanks very much for your comment! As you can probably see, I have added more step-by-step details to this post. Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes with your red sweater refashion!

  3. Awesome! Thank you so much for the added details. I like how you put the ribbon on before you cut up the center. That makes so much sense to keep it from stretching out of shape!! Very smart!!


  4. I love that. I have a cute little cardigan like this and it looks good with jeans too. Thanks for the tute.