J. Crew Merino Cambon Cardigan and my DIY version
Overall, I think I captured the general look but there are 2 fails on my part.
- The original sleeves on this sweater are very long and have a slight flare at the opening. When looking at this picture, I think I need to shorten or slim (maybe both) the sleeve. The problem would be how to bind it afterwards if shortening. Adding more black trim seems overkill. So maybe just slim the flare? Any thoughts here?
- I trimmed the opening very closely when I should have tried to extend the placket. Since the original sweater was fitted, cutting it open and trimming it automatically means I've made it much smaller and unable to button. Whoops! Live and learn. This will have to be worn open.
Sweater Refashion: from turtleneck to cardigan.
What I did: Lopped off turtleneck, cut down the middle, trimmed neck and center with the "wrong" side of black satin fabric (didn't want the shine but did want the structure / firmness of this fabric), and then added non-functional "pockets."
If you decide to try this, all you really need is an old sweater and some fabric. It gives you a nice, new look for free. I'd recommend using the trim to extend your placket unless your sweater is large enough for a closable overlapping placket.
What do you think I should do with the sleeves?