Hot! Cardigan Hacks

Mena-cardiganOver at Ruffles and Stuff, Disney posted a tutorial on how to create a "Not Your Grandmother's Cardigan." I used an old black cardigan, a $1 handkerchief and some vintage buttons I picked up in Alameda. I'm not a sweater person, but I have to say it's a nice little trick to upcycle that sweater you'll never wear otherwise.

I could imagine that, instead of using vintage handkerchiefs, you could also simply sew a collar and front facing using a shirt or dress pattern that's already in your collection. It would be a good way to make use of that scrap fabric that accumulates in your fabric collection.




Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I love this!! I’m definitely going to check out this tutorial. Thanks for the link.

  2. What a lovely idea! I think I might want to try this. I love how yours turned out :)

  3. this turned out so-so cute. the handkerchief details are great. i have a cardigan that might benefit from this!

  4. I would argue that it looks more like a grandmother cardigan now…I’m just not a fan of collars ;)

  5. Fab, cute little reconstruction!

  6. that is so elegant! I’m now mentally reviewing my cardis and hankies to see if I have any match ups! This reminds me of dickies, too, those button out collars. That would give more flexibility with the cardi if you did that. I think it’s very elegant, by the way.

  7. Oh my! I’m in love with this one!
    BTW, I adore your site and your old one, Nested!
    Watching you and your sewing efforts is so inspiring and that on top of the fact that you are a very busy working mom is just…wow!
    I’m going to have to steal back this old sweater I was about to give to my sister in law to do this great sweater tutorial! Very naughty of me, but what can I say!