A Tale of Two Sweaterscomments (3) January 23rd, 2009
I love the idea of restyling garments, but I don’t do it as much as I’d like to. But I was inspired to rescue my dark green Merino cardigan from the doldrums when I fell in love with a sweater worn by a participant in a workshop I taught last week. It was purchased from one of my favorite specialty stores (whose name shall remain anonymous, but it sounds like the name given to the study of humanity). The sweater had these great floating appliqué leaves embellished with machine satin stitching and a snap closure—the perfect solution for reviving a tired garment.
I combined two sweaters for this project, each similarly knitted from fine wool yarn. It’s not surprising that both are shades of green. It’s my favorite color, so I have a lot of it in my wardrobe. I took apart the light green pullover, separating the ribbing from the sleeves and the ruffle from the neckline. I opened the seams on the two ribbing sections and pressed them flat. I cut each in half horizontally and connected these four pieces to create a piece long enough to attach to the bottom of the dark green cardigan, which I shortened about 6 inches. I sewed the ruffle to the neckline of the cardigan, removed the buttons, and hand-stitched the buttonholes closed. Then I made the leaves, hand-stitched them to the cardigan, and sewed snaps to the inside of the front edges of the sweater. You probably can’t duplicate this sweater exactly from tops in your closet that are in need of a makeover, but the appliqués are easy to make and add to any garment. Use an old sweater, as I did, or cut them out of lightweight fabric—knit or woven.
To make the appliqués, you will also need:
- Some lightweight fusible knit interfacing
- Stabilizer, like that used for machine embroidery
- Thread for the satin stitching
- A ball-point machine needle if you’re sewing on a sweater knit