In these days of yukky money problems I thought I would do a post about a cheap cardigan (£12) that I have altered very easily. This cardigan did not inspire me one bit, when I saw it on a hanger in Sainsburys when we were in London recently. However, I did notice the slight open weave in its texture. It reminded me of some colours that are blended in a lampshade that I have hanging in my little work room. I knew I had some wool that would make a good contrast - some varigated wool (my name for it - you know different colours on one ball of wool - similar shades all on one ball). I had been looking in Charity Shops for something similar but to no avail.
I have to say whether money is a problem or not I find it very stressful to think about wearing a cardigan for example from Per Una, M&S at age 41, only to find an old lady of 88 wearing the same thing and looking a whole lot better in it than me! So altering my clothes so no-one else is wearing the same thing definitely appeals to me.
I don't have a before picture but it was just a boring, plain deep pink cardigan with no stripey edging on the sleeves/bottom of the cardigan/around the neck and no corsage.
Under the corsage is a plain knitted covered button that I was able to dig the crochet hook in to the edge and make a flower. Then I sewed a mixture of pink and orange beads over the top of the button.
I used left over wool from two different balls of wool (both varigated!) to edge the bottom of the cardigan, the sleeves and the neckline.
I have added removable velvet ribbon. I am not sure the ribbon would hold up in the washing machine! You know how precious velvet ribbon is to me!!!
I realise it is not everyone's cup of tea but it would be a boring world, wouldn't it if we all wore the same things - Susannah & Trinny!!!!!