- Back when I was looking for great cable knit sweaters to make pillows, I snagged a few sweaters with refashion intentions for 3 for $10, hard to pass up. Unfortunately they ended up sitting in my to-do pile for longer than I planned, officially becoming a part of my stash! You can see this is pretty shapless on me, this particular one is actually and XL maternity sweater.
- See, big and shapeless, I know I had ideas when I bought it, but my time machine is in the shop so I can't go back and see what those ideas were! So I stopped by Tatertots and Jello for some inspiration (Jen was on a tv show with all the sweaters she refashioned!). This one I really love, but they are all so great.
- Enter a scarf from my closet! I think what I love about Jen's is the colors and I considered a few other scarfs but ultimately decided it would be fun to add pops of color through the t-shirt below it or with a belt.
- I layed a sweater over top that I knew fit me (it happens to be on the chopping block too, but for now it is earning it's keep as a pattern). I am lucky have a serger, but you could also zig zag the seams. I think I took about 3 inches off of each side.
- Now I cut it up the middle and serged both sides, instant cardi!
- My scarf was about 13 inches wide so I cut it in half. I folded each strip in half and adjusted the tension on my machine to ruffle it up while sewing it together.
- Pin the ruffle to the sweater. I had every intention of going all the way down both sides but once one strip was pinned on, I decided to go for a bit of an asymetrical look. Sew your ruffle on then fold it back and top stitch. Top stitch along the un-ruffled edge too, to conceal the serged edge.
- Close up of the ruffle after top-stiched. This is actually the sleeve.
- Ok, this step isn't shown in the picture collage, but you can see it in the first group of pictures. I had left over scarf and I'm trying to use stuff up. I added some to the sleees and the last piece became a poofy pin! I did end up sewing a snap on where the ruffle ends so it stays together at the top.
Peace be with you,