My whole life is an experiment . . . sometimes I get surprising results. - C Erdmann

Monday, April 25, 2016

Makeover Monday - a quick cardy makeover & a Simply Neutral Mushroom?

well a 33 minutes quick for Jody for Makeover Monday over at Sew Outside the Lines, but a couple of days for me!  ;) But still it was easy enough.

I got these two cardies at Kmart at the end of Winter season last year for $5 each and hardly wore them. Mainly because the weather warmed up and they are a large size, but of course as is my habit, I figured I could alter them to make them smaller.....ahh yep, sure!! I think I'd call it mindless spending!!

When Jody put up her quickie re-invent I went with it. I've only done the cream/white one so far but will try to get to the striped one before the end of the cold weather......maybe.   :P

Because it's not a very long cardy I cut off only the ribbing around the bottom, but as you can see in the pics, the arms are quite long so I also cut the ribbing off them. What on earth was I thinking wearing something that probably would have looked good on an orangutan!? I quite often question my stoopid choices in fashion!

The idea was to use a wide bias binding on these edges, but all I had on hand was a very narrow plain white one. Though I have to say I was very happy and surprised by how NOT like a mess it all turned out! lol

I think I'd like to replace the buttons with some lovely mismatched ones(as Jody was saying she might do with hers), and possibly a vintage lacy motif on one side.

I'm off now to see what Jody has in store for this week's Makeover Monday!  


I thought I would also link up with Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday with a soft sculptured fabric Mushroom I made just recently.
It's mostly neutrals of browns and creams and whites, but I've made the cup of the mushroom from a very delicate and beautiful shade of blue silk fabric. It's almost silver Wen!   ;)

It lies inside a vintage wooden cigar box.

Hopefully it's neutral enough to play along!  :)


May your bobbin always be full!   

Monday, April 11, 2016

'MakeOver Monday' Cardy Party Show & Tell

I love to alter clothes.....well anything really! But I've been following Jody's MakeOver Monday meme for a while and when she decided to have a Cardy Party Show & Tell, I decided I'd like to take part.

To play along we had to choose two cardys that were too small and proceed to make them into one that fitted.
The black and green above were my choice. Given that none of my cardys are too small, I chose to cut more out of the sides of the green one than was needed, and make it the keeper.
The black one, a favourite that was falling apart but that I just couldn't throw away, lost it's sleeves to the cause. They became wedges in both sides of the green to make a slightly larger size. Maybe the rest of it will serve as an under-vest for winter!   ;) 

 The finished changeling!! The buttons, some gorgeous tartan wool fabric covered ones and two loops of ribbon are only pinned in at the moment until I can find time to sew them in and decide which way to go with the loops or not go with the loops.
You can see the black side wedges in the photo below.

The bit left over from one of the sleeves is what you see around the neck, sewn on to look a bit like a collar.....but not....   :)

I was trying for a close up of the tartan buttons but I don't seem to be taking very good photos lately!

Overall I quite like my new cardy, but I think that really it looks more like a small jacket.  :)
I'd love Jody's grey one she did for the party and would probably get more use out of it, but I'm happy with what I've done!

I'm a big cardigan sweater guy. ~ James Franco
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