This sweater was a fun re-fashioning project this January! I've been on a "sweater altering" kick over the last few years, and this cardigan was in dire need of a little attention and aesthetic help.
I won't tell you how long this sweater has been waiting to be loved, but I'll just say that it was squarely in the "UFO" camp. (BTW, I still do intend to finish all of those! Maybe this year....)
After taking it in considerably and shortening it, there still remained the problem of the shoulders. There were really bad wrinkles emanating from them and after briefly considering taking up the shoulders I realized that my best bet was going to be adding shoulder pads. Sigh. Again with the shoulder pads! I hope I don't regret this trend later.... :-/
I do think it helps quite a bit, though!
I'm not a big purple lover, so this sweater needed some serious cute help if it was ever going to become an active member of my wardrobe! This embroidery design was detailed in a 1950s crafting book.
Buttonhole stitch, fern stitches, and sequins combined to make a charming pattern! It was looking a little odd in the middle of the process, but the whole is very much better than the sum of the parts! ;-)
And my 1940s polka dot dress makes the perfect backdrop for this dress! :-)
This painted metal brooch is perfect for adding a spring-ish touch to even wooly sweaters. :-)
· Photos by Kathryn ·