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Two-Toned Cardigan

Well. Like I predicted about a week ago, I am again completely taken in by university stuff and the daily routine, which is the part that I just have to do. But still, doing creative work on the weekend, hunting blogs and Pinterest for ideas or even doing contemplative tasks like cleaning and polishing my bike puts a smile on my face. Although the fact that I cleaned and polished my bike on Sunday and it was drenched in rain again yesterday might stifle the effect a bit.

I have given myself the task this week to find a moment or two of appreciation for small things, even if it’s just for a second. I know I’m probably the last person to be complaining about a hard life, but I find that you tend to forget certain things that make a day a bit less of a chaotic hurry. Yesterday this moment was when I thought it would stay dark and rainy until the (not visible) sun goes down just to find that this sun was shining the moment I went out of the office. Oh and I have a second one: The first sip of coffee after an hour of yawning while sitting in my statistics tutorial. Not that bad a Monday actually.

You need:

  • Two differently coloured cardigans
  • Sewing machine
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins

cardigan-1Start by thinking about how long you want each part of the cardigan to be. I wanted the upper grey part to be longer than the lower black one, but you can choose the proportions yourself. I started with the grey cardigan (upper part) and measured 22 cm from the hem, marking the distance at several points along the fabric. Connect the points with the tailor’s chalk on the inside of the cardigan where the parts should meet later.

cardigan-2 Now measure a second line 1 cm below the first one. This is where you will cut later. Repeat step 1 and 2 for the sleeves, but measure 11cm from the hem and making a second measurement for cutting as well.

cardigan-3 Separate the upper part from the lower part of the grey cardigan by cutting it with a sharp pair of scissors. Repeat with the sleeves.

cardigan-4Now for the black cardigan: Repeat step 1, but measure 32 cm from the hem. For the sleeves measure 11 cm from the hem as well. This time draw the second, cutting line above the first measurement. Sever everything.

cardigan-5Place the upper and the lower part of the cardigan on each other with the right side (right side on right side) and attach the to-be-sewed area with pins. Sew along the line you drew with the chalk. That’s a first.

cardigan-6 Now for the sleeves: Take the black end, turn it inside out and pull it over the right side of the grey sleeve, then connect the two parts with pins and sew together. Repeat with the other sleeve. If everything fits well, secure the hems you just created with a ripple stitch.

So, instead of throwing both cardigans out or giving them away because I wouldn’t wear them anymore I was able to create a new piece, which looks like a million times more interesting. And I could adjust the length to my liking! It was so much fun sewing again, and I have another bunch of ideas in my head for some pieces of my closet, so stay tuned for them! Hope you are inspired!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Hanna Marie
    1st June 2016 at 3:50 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I’m going to have to try it out. –Hanna Lei

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      2nd June 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Chloe
    1st June 2016 at 5:52 pm

    This is such a cool idea, and so creative! Love your blog, and if you would ever feel like checking out mine it would be much appreciated and maybe we could figure out some way to work together!

    • Michelle
      Reply
      Michelle
      2nd June 2016 at 6:23 pm

      That’s a wonderful idea, and I feel so flattered! I will definitely check out your blog 🙂

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