Friday, May 14, 2010

All Dolled Up Cardigan

Sooooo, We've been in a sick slump at our house for quite some time. I think we are coming out of it - FINALLY! fa la la la la HOORAY!
I have things to talk to you about - things to share - things to teach you if you will!
For starters lets just doll up a cardigan whatayah say!
I saw these cardigans at Target & thought they were cute enough, but, there's always a but !
I didn't want long sleeves because I don't know about where you live, but, here in my place of origin the weather goes from COLD to HOT in about 9 seconds flat. We don't really have much of a spring per say. So ixnay on the long sleeve.
Here is my pretty little Miss in her new cardi!

This is going to be a pretty general tutorial because first of all everyone has done some sort of ruffle makeover lately and secondly my son got ahold of my camera and deleted several of my picture steps! Sorry bout that! Still love that boy!
Ok, so if you wanna cut off the sleeve on something why not just save the cuff down there and reattach it up were you want it. Right! Genius! See how I cut that middle section out. Save that by the way to make the ruffles.
I cut my cuff off right next to the serged edged so it would still have a nice finish. Even though knit material really doesn't even fray.

Now just put the two right sides together with the raw edges meeting and stitch it all the way around . After you flip that cuff back down ( no picture - thanx much Son) just top stitch it down real pretty like.
I added a raw edge swirly flower on top of the ruffles. I just ripped the width of fabric I wanted to give it frayed edges. Mine was about 3/4 of an inch wide. Start in the middle of the flower and work your way out -bunch the fabric as you go to create the gathers.

Add some cute pockets to the sides. It had little white pockets before - I seam ripped those off. This is just a very big pocket that I pleated in the middle and add some trim to the top.

Here's those ruffles you can make from the sleeve leftovers. I just cut the sleeve into 1 1/2 inch strips and again I just bunched as I sewed to create gathers. I went up the shoulder and even all the way around the back.

HELLO, you can't tell me she isn't darling!
I love sleeves that hit at the elbow - love them.

Got any questions? Happy to help! If you wanna see the pattern I drew up for the pocket let me know I'd be happy to post it. It's my favorite pocket EVER! I've put it on quite a few things!
Thanks for letting me share!
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  1. Me first! Me first! She is cute- and the cardigan isn't half bad either. I love the ruffles and the flower. I can't wait to get a one-on-one tutorial. Ah- the benefits of sisterhood.

  2. Such a clever and creative girl. My heart is going pitty pat.

  3. Um, might have to make one for myself ;)

  4. So cute Jen!!! I love those little bird pockets! I hope you guys are feeling better!


  5. This turned out so cute! I love the pink bird fabric you used for the pockets. Thanks for sharing your cool project!

  6. That is adorable. You have such a great eye for turning something simple into something fabulous!

  7. Jen, she looks so cute! I have not done a ruffle refashion yet, I am totally missing out! I need to stop thinking about it and just do it. Yours is just adorable. Love ya!

  8. SO cute! Found you from the link up. I think I might do and 'adult' version of this for myself!