At both of my jobs I have found that it is always better to dress in layers. Maybe it’s that way for everyone. T-shirts and hoodies for shipping cheese, and something a little nicer for working at the bank. Both places can be cold, for different reasons, and let’s just admit it-sometimes I’m suddenly warm. I’m going to say it’s because I’m working hard.
Anyway, for the bank job (sounds like a heist!) I really love cardigans. I found this shirt a couple of years ago at Goodwill for a couple of dollars and just loved the fabric. Originally I bought it to make a skirt. I have tubs full of shirts I thought would make great skirts but you know what? I don’t actually wear skirts so now I have tubs full of shirts. This shirt was literally ten sizes too big but I just loved the fabric.
I decided this would actually make a pretty good cardigan, so I put it on Maddy and stared at it for a couple of days. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to take it in first, or just cut it up the center front and start that way. Eventually I decided to cut it up the front and go from there.
After the first cut I then sliced off the bottom front corners. I wanted a slightly more interesting hem line than a straight-up cardi, something more like a waterfall cardigan.
Then I cut off the extras-all around the hem and collar.
And then I made a simple hem all of the way around.
And just like that, a simple cardigan! In the end I decided to not take it in and I was left with a flowy, almost kimono-like jacket. Looks good on Maddy! But now I have a different problem. Cute cardigan, nothing to wear it with. So I dug back in those tubs and found two more shirts, one given to me by a friend and one picked up at St. Vinnie’s.
I simply took them both in and added side vents. Simple fixes and now I have a little bit of a mini wardrobe.
And here’s a glimpse of the maker, wearing her creations. Still in love with that fabric!