I am in LOVE with this cardigan (left - it does have ruffles after all), but with all the sales LOFT has, I'm hard-pressed to pay retail for anything. I know, it's like a sickness. Except handbags...I have a soft spot for handbags, hence my tPF obsession. Ahem, back to the matter at hand. I have a cheapie cardigan that I wanted to make over, at least temporarily, to fulfill my ruffle madness. I actually tried this several ways before I got it to "work." First with grosgrain ribbon (too stiff) ruffled, then pleated (looked forced), and then finally a thin broadcloth ruffled. Ideally I would have a navy chiffon but I could not for the life of me find one at the local Joann's yesterday :( A few differences to note - since even thin broadcloth is thicker than chiffon, the DIY cardigan ruffles have more volume. Also, the cardigan I chose just so happens to be a full-sleeved, longer type of sweater than the cropped LOFT version. OK, enough blabbing. On to the step-by-step tutorial after the jump!
First, choose a cardigan to "makeover"
Choose a fabric matching your cardigan. A sheer chiffon is ideal but a thin broadcloth
like mine will also work. I personally like raw, frayed edges so I left mine alone but you can always hem / double up / use fray check on yours.
I cut my fabric into 4 strips of 48" x 3.25". The length depends on your cardi length (you want approx. 2x the length) and width depends on your preferences.
Sew a running stitch (this is a loose stitch setting on your machine) down the middle. Then pull one of the threads to start the ruffling / bunching. Be careful to pull gently, you don't want the thread to break. Also make sure that post-ruffling, the length is still long enough to run down your cardi.
Add intermittent stitches down the ruffles (my stitches are where the dimples are) to secure.
And voila, you're finished! Third tutorial down, I hope they are getting easier to follow :) As always, would love to hear any thoughts!