|mended and embellished: |
my old cashmere cardigan gets a new look
to complement retro spring frocks
The under layers and socks don't show, so a tidy mending stitch is fine. But for the cashmere, the stitches, even fine ones, do show. In a tiny row of ribbing, but noticeable. So after mending them, I had to consider what to do to embellish or cover the mending stitches.
|bird appliqué on back of the |
sea green cashmere cardigan
I decided to swap the green matching colour buttons with pink ones ! In a candy pink colour to match the ribbon. In fact these buttons are not from a set, and do not match one another. But they are similar tone and in style, so I have done them on this cardy as a mismatch set. Then, a solution was needed to cover the mending stitches. What, what ? I got out several fabrics, to consider the options. I found one with very cute bird motifs in pink, coral red, and blue. I used Steam a Seam two sided fusible webbing to make the birds into appliqués. Fused the bird fabric first, then I carefully cut out two of the birds. One for the back and one for the side of the cardigan. Then each bird was carefully fused onto the cardigan, placed to cover up mending stitches. I knew they needed to be secured on the cardigan though. But, with a fine weight cashmere, doing this by machine around such an intricate pattern did not seem the right method. I thought it could pull or pucker the cashmere too much. So each got carefully stitched with tiny little hand stitches, using button hole stitches. It took awhile, but came out well and looked very cute.
|iridescent seed beads in pink and soft cherry red |
embellish the bird appliqué
I had some seed beads in pink and soft cherry red. And embellished the front panel bird with them. Now that took forever ! But it did look very nice and added a nice touch.
|cashmere shell on left with stripy ribbon and cardigan right|
with mismatch candy pink buttons and
embellished bird motif appliqué
The cardigan will look very cute with all three retro 50s style dresses I bought at Cath Kidston in London earlier this year. And the shell and cardy will make a super cute set as well.
Now, I can't wait for spring !