My daughter is a budding fashionista. She has a real affinity for clothes and a definite style. I remember when she was in preschool, I pulled out some of her older sister's clothes, thrilled I was going to get another wearing out of them, when she put her hand up and told me in no uncertain terms that, "NO, those are not my style!" What? What style?? She was three!!
As she got older, it just got worse. For example, the times...many, many times...when she wanted to wear something we simply did not own. She'd have a dress or outfit in mind, a piece she'd seen in a catalog or on TV and she could not go to school without it. I would try to calmly explain that we could go shopping at another time, but right now, ten minutes before the bus, these were the only clothes we had to choose from and she needed to pick. Quickly. The morning usually deteriorated from there. You can fill in the blanks, I am sure!
Well, as a teen, not much has changed. I hold up the cutest pieces in the store, only to get a disapproving scowl from Little Miss Stylish; she still has very definite ideas about what she wants to wear. The only difference now is that I am rarely involved in the dressing process and if she can't find what she wants, she makes it.
A few weeks ago, she decided that she needed a cardigan in a color we did not have. No problem, she told me, I am just going to cut this pullover up the center ~ the fact that it was her sister's sweater did not seem to be of consequence to her at the time ~ but that is a story for a whole other day.
The sweater looked really cute, but the ends were ragged and fraying and I knew it wasn't going to make it through more than one washing or wearing, so I decided to finish the ends off with ribbon and add a bow clasp at the top. The design team approved and I got to work.
I simply wrapped the ribbon around the cut edge, on the sides, the top and bottom. Then I folded it over, like I was wrapping a gift, and stitched it into place.
First one side and then the other!
I made a bow, using my Bowdabra Mini Bow Maker and stitched it on at the neck. To see the Bowdabra in action, you can check out my post on Bowdabra Blog.
I sewed one end of the snap onto the back of the ribbon and the other on the sweater! Voilà ~ Custom fashion!
The sweater has a much more polished look now, will hold up in the laundry and actually looks better than it did as a pullover...
...and believe it or not, even though it was her sister's and I did have a hand in its design, it's STILL her style! Imagine that!