Pullover To Ribbon Cardigan Sweater

May 6, 2014




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! VoilĂ  ~ 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!

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*At the time this post was written, I was a Designer for the Bowdabra Blog. They provided me with some of the materials that I used to make this pretty project. All opinions are my own.*
   

50 comments:

  1. This is absolutely fantastic! My daughter is the EXACT same way when it comes to her style of dress. I used to make her skirts and such, but she would NEVER be caught in anything handmade by me. But, she will alter some of her own things. xoxo Jen

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    1. They definitely have a mind of their own Jen, that is for sure!

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  2. Lol! As the mother of three daughters, I can relate! A lot of times I found myself trying to embellish their clothes to make them look fashionable, since the two younger ones did wear a few hand-me-downs. This sweater is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! Fashion drama times three, I totally get it! I really enjoy creating and embellishing clothes and would do it more often if they let me! ;)

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  3. Cute, cute, cute! Unbelievable the transformation it went through:) I love the little bow.....looks quite fetching and I am loving the lovely wine color! Your daughter sounds like my youngest one popularly knows as the "fashionista" in our household:) Have a wonderful week, Kim!~hugs, Poppy

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    1. Thanks Poppy! It was a quick and fun transformation with a happy ending! I bet your "fashionista" keeps you on your toes, too! :)

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  4. That's so stylish, and I'm nodding my head in agreement because I have two fashionistas and completely understand what you go through as a mom -- morning meltodowns, "borrowed" clothes etc.! Happy Mother's Day! :)

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    1. Ah yes, Dee, the "borrowed" clothes drama is always...entertaining! ;)

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  5. Hi Kim, wow you can even sew too! You did a fabulous job on refashioning the sweater and looks perfect!
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie! I can sew...just don't look too close! ;)

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  6. That turned out so cute! What a great idea.

    I do not sew but I took 5 things to the alterationist yesterday. Pants becoming shorts, a hi lo shirt will come out with an even hem, and some simple things that aren't simple to me. :)

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    1. Thanks! Most of my clothing sewing skills came out of my costume designing days, Stacey. I never really made apparel, I usually refashioned or altered items to fit the actors. I also had to do it in a way that was easy to undo, so that we could reuse the costume in the future. I cheated in any way I could, all the time! I actually just bought a dress and needed the shoulder straps shortened and I went to a pro! :)

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    1. Thank you Lori! I am not usually a enthusiastic seamstress, but this was a fun project!

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  8. Hi Kim,

    You did a great job! Love the ribbons; they're adorable!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks Poppy! I love the little bow, I think it's so sweet! I'm glad my daughter does, too! ;)

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  9. Kim, I love the ribbon on it. It's a good way to recycle a sweater, and you made it look easy! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Su! It actually was pretty easy, considering that I am not a fabulous or very experienced seamstress! :)

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  10. Okay, Lady. We all would like to know . . . is there anything you CAN'T do. This is a terrific look!

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    1. Oh Cheryl you are too kind...and yes, there are plenty of things I cannot do and if you want a running list, just ask my kids! ;)

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  11. That turned out great! What a clever idea : ]

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! My daughter should get the credit for the restyling...I was really just the clean up crew! ;)

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  12. This is sooo cool! Again, projects like these makes me want to learn how to sew - maybe someday!

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    1. I don't know Vel, those doll clothes you made were certainly more elaborate than my sweater...and you did that with glue!! :) I was impressed!

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  13. I love this!! It looks great with the ribbon!

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    1. Thanks Lucy! I am so glad that liked it! :)

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  14. Very, very cute, Kim! I love that she was able to take something and refashion it to make it her own ~ that is a genius in the making! (I really love that you were able to find and use a ribbon that matched so perfectly!)

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    1. Thanks Cher! I will pass your comment on to her, she will be thrilled! That ribbon was from a dollar fabric store nearby. They have EVERYTHING! :)

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  15. Wait! You SEWED and didn't make any comment about the bobbin giving you trouble?? Cool!! :-D

    Oh yeah, and I like the sweater turned cardigan. I have a few dresses that are in the works for being altered, but haven't got more than cutting off the extra length yet. You did great just DOING it.

    p.s. I'm glad I have 3 boys.

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    1. Looks like I'm getting better at this, huh, Nancy? Haha yes, some days my mom used to say that she would trade us girls in for 10 boys...now I know why! ;)

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  16. Cute, cute, cute! Love creating something new from something tired!

    Thanks for following my blog. I just noticed that. I was already following you.

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    1. Thanks! This one came out better than expected!

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  17. Ultra cute, Kim. You did a great job. I'd never guess that it's a transformed pullover. It's pretty neat, too, that your daughter makes her own things and that you're cool with that. :) xx ~ Nancy

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    1. It was actually a ballet sweater, we purchased it a dance supply store and I really enjoy and support her creative streak! Of course, if she decided to get creative with my car or my couch, that may be a different story! ;)

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  18. What a great idea - I like how it turned out. Pretty color sweater, too.

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    1. Thanks Kimberlee! I really like that color, too!

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    1. Thanks! It was a collaborative project...the initial brilliance was all my daughter! ;)

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  20. Such a great restyle! I love the ribbon, it's so sweet and feminine.

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    1. Thank you, Brandi! It was easier than I thought it would be! Now we are looking for other sweaters we can cut! ;)

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    1. Thanks Michele!! I love getting Pinned! ;)

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  22. What a great idea! It's so cute.
    I would love for you to share this at my t.g.i.f. linky party :) Have great weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I'll check it out! :)

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  23. Kim, such a fabulous tutorial! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/05/sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty_25.html Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! I'm totally flattered and so excited!

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  24. I love individuality . . . (even though it can bring some challenges.). The sweater looks wonderful, Stylish very!
    (Could "this daughter" have some of her mother in her . . .)

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    1. Yes, grrr, that one had individuality and challenges! Ha! She may have picked that up from me, too! ;)

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  25. What a great idea!. I have converted sweat shirts to cardigans, but never considered pullovers. I am glad I saw this before I donated mine! I must try this before the fall season.

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    1. And I have never tried it with a sweatshirt, Janice!! Thanks for the idea! :)

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