My inspiration came from a Milly sweater cardigan. Of course I love all of her sweaters but they are completely out of my price range ($300 for a cardigan sweater!) This one was also a $300 cardigan.
I found my white cardigan at goodwill one day and I thought I would try to make something very much like this cardigan. It says it is an XL but I don't believe it!
Now I can not free hand a bow so I went online to clip art and found an image of a bow. Actually this part was hard, b/c there are a lot of ugly bows out there. Whew knew? I printed the image super big and held it up to my cardigan. I noticed the bow was not symmetrical so I cut it in half and then chose 1 of the sides as my template.
I buttoned the sweater and traced the bow with a disappearing fabric marker. I flipped over the template and repeated on the other side. Leaving the knot to span where the sides meet.
Next I just began to sequin along my traced line. I took my time with it since the outline needed to be perfect. And for some reason the knit kept grabbing my thread at various times so I had to make sure there were no stray threads-easier said than done.
Next I began from the bottom of the bow and worked my way up. One side at a time.
Now this cardigan is all white buttons. I thought about changing all the buttons to black but then got lazy (hey I just sequined my heart out!). And I thought if I incorporated more black with buttons I should add more black to the cardigan. It would be way to hard to replace the knit edges and I wanted it to flow. So I just changed the button where the bow meets to black. :)
picked a button
Here it is on!
It also looks lovely open too!
I just love the sparkle!
Actually this refashion was easy. The only thing I can say is the knit likes to grab the thread while you are sequining. I had a lot of 1 string pulls, which I normally don't have a problem with. I would fix them and they would still come back so I gathered it was the knit that kept grabbing it! GRRRR! I have worn this 3X now, every time I get a compliment on it, and asked where I got it from. I tell them old sweater + me sequining. Blows everyone away! :)