Gray Cardigan Refashion

droopy and shapeless

I had this cardigan which while I liked the material it was made from I always wore it belted because otherwise it looked a little dated.

pretty details - but pretty boring as a whole

I had another cardigan that was almost the same color. This one was cropped and I NEVER wore it except maybe once in 2001.

one little insert - one big change

I cut up the shorter cardigan to make an insert that I stitched in place in a triangle shape under the right arm.

view from the side

I cut up more of the short cardigan to make a long rectangle that I stitched to the top of the collar of the longer cardigan creating a wide piece that I could wrap around and toss over my shoulder. The triangular insert under the right arm gives the sweater room for me to wrap it and throw it over my shoulder.

view from the back


view from the front










Embellished Plaid Tunic

left shoulder detail

I picked up this over-sized plaid shirt at a garage sale. So sorry but my before pic didn’t turn out. This was an easy refashion but I wanted to show it to you all so you can see how some very simple changes make something much more wearable.

I took in the shirt by running a stitch up both sides from the hem to right under the arm, tapering it out to meet the old seam at the arm hole. Then I stitched another line from the cuffs to the top of the shirt, tapering it out to meet the old arm hole.

I had some appliques in my stash that matched this top perfectly. I hand-stitched them to each shoulder, going for an asymmetric look rather than trying to make them look exactly the same. Add a belt and my fifty cent garage sale purchase is now a cute new tunic.

right shoulder


the whole shabang




Paisley Poncho

I’ve been into taking scarves that I love but never wear and making them into clothing that I will wear. This scarf was a large square which I folded in half so that it was a triangle. I cut a long oval at the folded edge of the triangle that was big enough to slip over my head. I was a little too ambitious with my cut though and it was way too big. I tried gathering the neckline to the right size and while that worked well it didn’t look very good. Solution: I left it gathered and used the sleeve from a workout jacket which I no longer wear to make a collar for my poncho

a little off-the-shoulder action


twisted rose at the shoulder

Practically Free Lemonade used up the last of my agave nectar making zucchini bread. I apologize for the pic – mine didn’t turn out so I grabbed one off the net. I gave credit to the photographer in the link to the photo.

I turned the bottle upside down and let it drain into the measuring cup but there was still quite a bit of nectar clinging to the sides of the bottle so I added the juice from one lemon, filled the bottle to the top with filtered water, shook it up and had myself some practically free lemonade AND a bottle I could drink from and toss into a recycling bin when I was done. I’d call that a two-fer recycling job!