Many women find resourcefulness to be a virtue, perhaps even a passion. I know I do. My family has dealt with the challenges of the economic downturn which has necessitated much creativity. Now that I am approaching the second half of my century, I need some new clothes. Not a fan of fashion, per se, but of trusty go-to separates, I seek comfortable togs in colors I love and in styles that work with my figure flaws. I endeavor to write about the retooling of existing tops and bottoms as well as testing brand-new patterns.
Come along with me as I test my first project: converting a pullover sweater into a cardigan. Is this idea good or bad? Let's find out.
I've had this polyester orange sweater for ages. It's in excellent condition, washes easily, and comes in my favorite color. I rarely wear it because it is short and fits right at the waist, giving some people an unexpected skin showing of my lower back. I need a lightweight sweater to go with a new dress. Inspired by a cardigan project in "Gertie Sews Vintage Casual: A Modern Guide to Sportswear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s" by Gretchen Hirsch, I decided to convert my pullover.
First, I measured the front to find the center at the bottom. I cut carefully to the center of the "V" at the neckline. I used an air-soluble marker to draw a cutting line, then used fabric scissors to cut. Easy breezy.
Next, I cut a length of grossgrain ribbon and attached it to the right side of each edge of the sweater front. I overlapped the sweater edge by a mere 3/8 of an inch. I pinned the ribbon in place and stitched next to the rolled edge of the ribbon.
So...what happened next? Tune in next time to find out if this project is a do or don't.