|Sweater in it's original form, complete with chintzy flower.|
I adored this little cardigan it's lovely almond color and simple, sweet silhouette has complimented many a summer outfit. Then I inexplicably fell out of love with it, I became bored with it, the shirring at the shoulders and the little chiffon flower no longer seemed current. I still thought it had potential so instead of depositing it into the giveaway bag I placed it in the fix-it bag. There it sat for a couple of weeks before inspiration struck. Do you remember the lace and embroidery that I salvaged from this dress well it became an integral part of the sweater's makeover.
|Cutting the lace and embroidery free from the dress.|
The first step was deciding where I wanted to add the lovely lacey embellishment. I was originally thinking of doing an asymmetrical design, but decided that I wanted the focal point of the sweater to be the back and the shoulders. The sweater had shirring and a chiffon flower on the shoulders, so I decided that both had to go. I took a seam ripper and removed the elastic at the shoulders and the flower. After a quick look over the sweater I decided that the buttons had to go as well, the were made out of the same materials and weren't really the look I was going for.
I laid the sweater flat, and marked the center back with a pin. I placed a pin in the center of the piece of the embroidered fabric, laying the lace over the sweater I matched to two pins. After matching up the centers of the fabric I began pinning the fabric, working my way out from the center.
With the lace pinned down I examined the effect. I trimmed off the extra lace and adjusted the fabric till it looked even. I used a simple whipstitch to attach the fabric to the sweater. I took care to find a thread that matched the embroidered fabric rather than the sweater since I wanted the stitch to be as invisible as possible.
The cardigan formally know as chintzy is now looking like a brand new sweater. The only thing that was left to do was to replace the buttons. I have buttons galore, left overs, cast-offs, so I dug into the button container and found five small ivory pearl buttons. They weren't a matching set, but I thought that they looked close enough to work, plus it would add to the vintage feel of the sweater.