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Topic: vintage inspired back-button cardigan or cardigan re-con. help a sister out.  (Read 1322 times)
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« on: February 01, 2010 03:18:36 PM »

I'd really like to make one of these ( http://www.nitrolicious.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/i-heart-ronson-011.jpg) fabulous back-button cardigans from decades passed. I saw one a while back by Ronson's line (which is the one on the right in the picture) for JC Penney and I could kick myself for not buying it on the clearance rack. I think I can recon this piece from a short sleeve cardigan I already have, but how to shape it so i doesn't look like I'm just wearing it backwards?

Better, albeit smaller, photo of the back. I can't find a photo of the front to base my recon on.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010 05:19:33 PM »

Actually, interestingly enough, according to my 68 year old stepmother (who quite obviously was a teenager back in the days when "vintage" was current) they actually were wearing cardigans buttoned backward.  It was also against school dress codes because it looked "trashy" (don't ask me why, she couldn't tell me either).  She did say that they'd purposely shrink the cardigan so as to make it more fitted.  If you were going to take it in, I'd try to do the shaping in the side seams, as darts would show up in the knit really clearly.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010 06:01:17 PM »

Good suggestion. And cute story! I'm a bit worried about the neckline looking funky. How about taking the rounded bit in the back to a v-neck?
 
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2010 12:06:58 PM »

I do think you'd need to lower the back (now front) neckline so it doesn't choke you, unless the cardigan already has a lower back neckline.  A curve might be easier than a v.  Not sure.... Huh
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