This week I want to show you how I’ve been updating my wardrobe for the spring. I was particularly inspired by a dress I agonized over and finally purchased while we were on vacation. I love the shape, color, fabric, etc., so I decided to use it as my muse.
I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe each season (or even each year). But I can fix and/or refashion what I have and make clothes from scratch.
Today, I’m sharing an old cardigan that, unfortunately, was moth-eaten while in storage last year. I’ve had this handy piece for nearly 7 years! Other than the hole, the sweater still looks brand new (a testament to buying high-quality pieces to start with). I appliqued some birds onto it today while listening to Arcade Fire. Somehow that seems pertinent. [I used the bird pattern from Lena Corwin’s Printing By Hand.]
The fusible webbing didn’t stick particularly well to the knit wool. (You can see one of the birds sticking up in the next picture.) So I hand-stitched around the edges with some silver embroidery floss (Thanks, Tracy!).
Here’s the backside of this little birdie:
I will probably darn the hole just to be certain it doesn’t get worse.
And here’s the final product:
This may not seem particularly spring-ish, but it coordinates with some of the other pieces I’ll be sharing this week, including the aforementioned dress. And it’s always good to have a cardigan in your spring wardrobe!
This took a couple of hours start-to-finish, and (most importantly) I think I’ll actually wear it. ;)