Cardigan refashioned

As I had mentioned in one of the recent wardrobe posts, I had a red cardigan that needed a bit of refashioning. It was nice, I mean it’s cashmere and soft and feels lovely, but it was also kinda boring. Okay, really boring. You know, the kind of cardigan that looks perfect on a tall, classic, elegant woman. Which I am not. I am a yang gamine so that cardigan was not speaking to what John Kitchener calls my “high-spirited” essence. Ha! No problem. At least, it’s nothing that a good pair of scissors and some double fold bias tape couldn’t fix.

I present to you, my refashioned cardigan:

Before and after

It looks even better worn with a simple black dress and a jaunty scarf.

It started out life as a regular Land’s End cashmere cardigan. I took it in a total of 2″ at the waist, cut off the buttons, buttonholes, and bottom ribbing, and turned the neckline shape into a V (or is it Y?). The bias tape is cotton – the leftover Kona cotton from my husband’s quilt. I finally used the super-duper Clover bias tape tool that I bought years ago and now that I’ve seen what awesomeness it does, you can bet there will be other bias tape projects in the future.

See you soon!

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17 responses to “Cardigan refashioned

  1. Looks very fresh and new. Will work so well with your “new” wardrobe!

  2. What a lovely refashion! I would love to see this modeled. I bet this looks stunning on you!

  3. That is so cool. Looks like an entirely different sweater.

    • Thank you Towanda! Yes, it does, doesn’t it? I think it’s the trim, more so than the shape change. I have pinned the leftover bias tape to a black coat and it totally changed its mood.

  4. First of all, I don’t know how tall you are, but you are elegant.
    Now for the cardigan, really nice and it will work beautifully with your wardrobe plan.

    • Thank you Rhonda! Yes, the cardigan will work really well. So well in fact, that I am wondering what else I can refashion, hehe. Bias tape is going to be my best friend.

  5. Such a great idea! I noticed that the cardigans with v-necklines are so much easier to combine than the ones with round neck. I do have some I will alter, thanks for your inspiration.

    • Thank you Berry and you’re welcome! Please come back and share a link or a picture when you alter your cardigans. I’d love to see.

  6. Very cool – I can picture you wearing that with a scarf and you will look amazing. Nice job.

  7. Alexandra, yes you are elegant! You have refashioned this beautifully. I hope you enjoy wearing it!

  8. Wow, I’m amazed that such a simple refashion can make such a big difference to your cardigan! Super chic!

  9. I LOVE this!!! I have several LE cardi’s I bought before I understood that a round neckline does not flatter a busty girl. I have been looking for a way to refashion them into something with a v neckline. This is the first refashion I have seen that I like for cardigans. Are there any actual step by step directions? I don’t see anything.

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