Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My creative space: refashion

A few months back one of the blogs I like to follow, Grosgrain, dedicated a whole month to refashioning knits. It's called "Embellish knit month" and it's well worth checking out. Anyway, it was really inspiring and it's made me want to do some embellishments of my own, only I could never wear some of the knits showcased. Don't get me wrong, they're all beautiful, but it's not really my style, I live in a small New Zealand town where most people turn up at the dairy wearing PJ's (at any time of the day) and I have two kids that play and eat like, well kids.
None of the knits I've had so far suited this kind of re-style, until I found this simple white Max top at the op shop last week. So I decided to give it a go. I was going for some embellishment that wouldn't be too "in your face", so I decided to stick to the white look.

First I sewed some mini doilies found at the op shop the same day. They were the perfect colour, almost the same white as the cardigan.

Then I used some white nylon tights (also from the op shop) to make flowers using this tutorial. I was originally wanting to wear those tights but when I tried them on at home I realized they had a hole in them. Must have been fate!

Anyway, instead of gluing the flowers I sewed them on, only to realize once I tried the cardigan on that one of them flowers was in the wrong place. It looked like I had a flower growing under my armpit. oups. Note to self: try garment on before sewing. So I undid and did again.
eerr, I've got a flower growing in my armpit, help!

And so there, a nice woolen cardi customized by me and that I'm happy to wear, that looks nice but not too over the top to wear with my PJs when I go to the mall. Yay!


I'd be quite keen to try another refashion similar to this one next time...

More creative goodness here.


  1. I love what you have done. Embellishment takes it from plain to awesome.

  2. What a great job you've done! And even better that you found everything at the op shop. :)

  3. That is a great refashioning project! You certainly took it from plain to pretty! good job. Best wishes, Tammy