Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Fabric Trimmed Cardigan Refashion

A really quick and easy way to give a plain cardigan a new look.
cardigan refashion fabric edge
This poor old plain black cardigan was a useful but boring staple of my wardrobe.
It looks a little bit grey here but that is just the light.
I saw a lovely jumper to cardigan refashion from Jo at Three Stories High back in March, a gorgeous mix of plain knit and pattered fabric edging and so I totally ripped of her idea was totally inspired by her to give my old cardie a new lease of life.
I found an old scarf in my rag bag, I used to wear this over my long woollen coat, shawl style back in the 80's (that was a thing then, honest!), it was a bit holey along one edge but the pattern is just lovely.

First I took the old buttons off the cardigan, it is a narrow fit so I never do it up anyway.

Next I cut 2 long strips of the scarf fabric from the non holey side both about 2" (5cm) wide.
I folded and pressed them in half, then half again, to make a fat bias binding.
I pinned it in place over the button and button hole bands on the cardigan.
I used loads of pins as my scarf fabric is pretty floppy.
I stitched mine by hand using a fairly small slip stitch. I chose to hand stitch because my scarf fabric is so floppy and I didn't trust myself not to pull the knit edge out of shape, if you feel confident you could whizz this on the machine in no time.
Fabric trimmed cardigan refashion

Hand stitching did mean I stitched all the way round on the outside of the cardigan, then all the way round again on the inside. Twice as much stitching but I felt worth it, I feel sure I would have the front edge twisting if I had tried a short cut. 
I did this whilst watching TV and took about an hour.
I actually did this little refashion way back in the spring but by the time I was ready with photos etc the weather was warm and it seemed a bit unseasonal. There was a sneak peek of this on Instagram back in May: 
Fabric trimmed cardigan refashion
It was when I wore it for Me Made May. What I love most about my new look cardie is that it still goes with everything, the multi coloured scarf fabric means it is still a really useful wardrobe basic, just a tiny bit less boring now!
Fabric edged cardigan refashion

The weather here in the UK is always a bit unpredictable so a cardigan is an essential pretty much all year round. To be fair it's been pretty nice the last few weeks but I have a feeling cardigan weather will be with us again really soon!
Fabric trimmed cardigan refashion

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I'll be linking up to all these great link parties, why not go and have a look!
Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

17 comments:

  1. Yay! Julie it is really fabulous, thanks for the shout out. It looks really good, now I am thinking about charity shop scarves I could find! Jo x

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    1. Glad you approve Jo, it was such a good idea I couldn't resist and I'm really pleased what a difference it has made - thanks.

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  2. You did a great job here Julia, it looks lovely :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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  3. This is fabulous. I love the new look you created on the cardigan. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

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    1. Thank you Vanessa, It's nice when others agree that it's better!

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  4. Oh I love this - such a simple little update but totally transforms it! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Thank you Katy, I'm pleased with how much more I'm picking this from the wardrobe since the makeover.

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  5. It's amazing how adding a touch of colour can make such a difference! #sharingtehbloglove

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    1. Thanks Kat, I'm pleased with the results so it's nice when other people agree :-)

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  6. Looks like a new cardigan, so pretty

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  7. Fabulous and I love how it's brightened up the plain cardigan

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  8. Your cardigan instantly looks very sophisticated with its new trim.

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  9. Oh it looks fab, what a great idea! I really wish I was creative and could sew, its something I have to rely on my mum for. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

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  10. Love this !! Anything to update a older piece of clothing #sharingthebloglove

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  11. This is a great refashion! I love how the trim turned out. Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Showcase party.

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  12. Very clever idea Julie. It really takes an ordinary cardigan to a whole other level! Love your choice of fabric too!

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