I'd like to share with you my latest project: a re-fashioned cardigan. What I did: I took an old simple cardigan, cut off sleeves and made a braid along the neckline. Very easy, very simple idea what to do with an old cardigan you no longer use (I just hope I posted it in the right section
Blogged here: http://bagsyoucanmake.blogspot.com/2011/12/tutorial-re-fashioned-cardigan.html
So, let's start with 'before' and 'after' pics (I do not know why the photos are a bit unclear, maybe I did something wrong uploading?):
And now how I made it:
1. Decide how short you want your sleeves, mark it and cut (photo 1). Fold the end of the sleeve and sew, like you see in photo 2.
2. Take the cut-off sleeve, cut the end (don't know how to say it, but cut the part that has different knitting
). Take the remaining part of the cut-off sleeve and cut as many long stripes as you can (stripes should be 2,5 cm (about 1 inch) width). Sew the ends of the stripes so that you have 3 very long stripes.
3. Take one stripe, wrong side facing up, sew the long edge and turn it inside out. Repeat with the remaining 2 stripes (photo 3). Take the stripes and braid nicely (as you see in photo 4, I secured the ends of the braid with tape, but you can secure it in any way you want).
4. Take the braid, put it along the entire neckline and stitch by hand (photo 5). Stitches should not be visible from outside (photo 6). As for the ends, remove the tape (if you used it), push raw ends inside and secure by stitching.
That's it. I hope I explained everything clearly.
If you have any questions - please leave them in the comments and I'll answer them!
Have a nice day!