Monday, December 13, 2010

Jersey Cardi DIY + Bright Colors OOTD

I have been pining for something in a mustard yellow ever since I saw PAG modeling it in a Gap moto-styled cardigan, Kileen here, and Curls-And-Pearls here.  I couldn't really find anything right in the stores so when I saw a mustard jersey fabric at Hancock, I decided to try and make my own cardi.

This was actually pretty easy - there were only 3 pieces to cut out (front, back, and sleeves)!  Modifications included slimming of the sleeves and lengthening them since they were meant to be 3/4 length.  I used McCall's M5890.

I tried wearing the cardi 2 ways and I think I prefer the Left except maybe with the belt from the Right.  What do you think?

Left:
Top: BR Navy and White Striped Tee, XS
Cardigan: DIY Mustard Jersey
Necklace: DIY Flower Bib 
Belt: Gap Floral Print
Jeans: LOFT Boot Cut Jeans, 4P
Fuchsia Wedges: Gucci

Right:
Top: Martin + Osa Silk Print Racerback
Belt: Old Navy
Jeans: Abercrombie Kids, 14 (another oldie)

I've been wanting to try yellow and fuchsia together after seeing this Moody Leaves Ruffle Shell on the LOFT website (not available at my stores):

Isn't it gorgeous??  Unfortunately, the smallest size in this color is a regular small and I know that will be too big :(  What do you think of 2 bright colors together?

16 comments:

  1. Wow! Once again, wish I was as talented as you and some of other bloggers I visit that can sew amazing things!
    Well done! looks amazing!
    xx
    maya

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  2. I love that cardi. The color is gorgeous. I have been obsessed with mustard color lately too. How many cardigans do you have now :)? Close to 60?

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  3. The cardi turned out great! I've been sewing since I was a kid (& I do a lot of historical costumes), but I still have trouble with knits. Any tips? Did you use a special seam or do you have a serger?

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  4. Isn't mustarnd yellow such a versatile color? I remember seeing it on PAG and kileen and it's making me want one too :)

    I love the color + style of this cardi and agree that the darker brown belt looks better! The striped top is navy blue, right? Yellow + blue is a foolproof combo in my book.

    I think LOFT's Moody Leave Ruffle Shell would be a great statement piece, but would probably choose to pair it with a more neutral cardi, ie: gray, if a cardi is worn. It's a beautiful print and I hope you find it in your size somewhere!

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  5. Maya - Thanks so much! I've seen your DIYs so I know you do amazing and creative things yourself :)

    Sydney - Thanks! Oh goodness, I have to go back and count, I'm estimating that I'm near 70 now LOL.

    Trystan - Knits are tricky which is a little counterintuitive. Who would have thought t-shirt material could be hard to work with? I have a problem with uneven hems when working with jerseys so this cardi was finished with a serged rolled hem. I highly recommend a serger - I got mine at Hancock during one of their sales. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    Cee - Thanks for the reminder about Kileen! I knew I'd seen yellow somewhere else recently but could not remember where - I added her link. Yep, the striped top is navy blue - I do love combinations of blue with stripes! Good idea on pairing the LOFT shell with a gray. I think that would be gorgeous!

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  6. I love your DIY projects...they always turn out so nice. The cardigan looks fabulous and the belt in the second outfit works better since there is more of a contrast in color. Though I like the style of first belt better. =)

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  7. Dang you are seriously talented! How many times can I tell you that? LOL

    I like the 2nd outfit :)

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  8. this mustard cardigan is so lovely! i love the longer layers in the front and good call extending the sleeves to be full length. and i also prefer the knotted belt look in the left picture but with the belt from the right.

    and i really like the yellow / fuschia color combination! i'll have to give it a shot sometime. oh, and thank you so much for the shout-out. :)

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  9. Cute!! Loveeee stripes with yellow! I just wore a really similar outfit this weekend haha. Great job!

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  10. Stylepint - Thank you so much! Funny story about the 1st belt - I bought one in a larger size and punched extra holes in so I could knot it :)

    Really Petite - Aww, thank you so much! :)

    Kileen - Thank you! I like the knotted belt too! I think I'm going to buy belts in larger sizes so I can do this more often. Ooh looking forward to your future yellow / fuchsia combination post!!

    TinyInTexas - LOL - great minds think alike :)

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  11. I like the color. Again, you are READING MY MIND. I put together an outfit to wear this week using my green Ralph Lauren 'military' skirt and a mustard long sleeve top from Zara. I haven't worn it yet because it looked awful in photos so now I am second guessing myself. Maybe I can try the same top with something purple-y.

    Also, I have a new DIY sweater project that I just finished tonight. Photos to come as soon as I decide what to wear it with.

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  12. I love both looks on you! Another awesome DIY! I wish I can make my own cardigans, I've been pining for more open-front cardigans just like the one you made (I only own one ancient old-navy one). I find that the shawl-like front is perfect for winter, cause it looks like a scarf if worn under blazers, and it helps fills out my ill-fitting over-sized blazers. haha

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  13. Kerry - LOL! I want to see the green skirt with mustard! Did you see Vicky's post here? http://vickysdailyfashion.blogspot.com/2010/12/golden-topaz-muse-tank.html#disqus_thread

    She paired olive with mustard and it looks gorgeous!

    Looking forward to seeing your DIY sweater project! I love looking at your DIYs - they are always impeccable :)

    Olyvia - Thanks so much! This one was pretty easy with the 3 pieces - you should give it a shot! Use McCall's M5890 pattern :)

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  14. I love the mustard cardigan! Great outfit!

    Maryjane xoxo

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  15. Like you, I was on the search for a mustard cardigan. And like you, the thought occurred to me to make my own... except I was planning to buy yarn to knit it. But since I haven't even had time to look for yarn, there was no time I was going to make this any time soon! I ended up finding a zip-up cardigan at the BR Factory store last weekend. It's a regular XS though, so sort of a loose fit, but I needed my mustard fix :) Hopefully the J.Crew ruffle cardigan that I have coming in Gold will turn out a nice mustard as well!

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  16. Maryjane - Thanks so much!

    PXXS - How long does it take to knit a cardigan? I would imagine quite a bit of time but I've never done any kind of knitting so don't really have a frame of reference. I got that J. Crew cardigan too! That's so funny! :)

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