Monthly Archives: May 2013

Patchwork Cascade Cardigan

When I was killing some time on Polyvore the other day, I created this outfit. An outfit better suited to our current climate down here in Australia, instead of all the Spring and Summer ones I keep seeing from the northern side of the globe. I rather liked this cardigan from Witchery, when I looked at it I saw that it cost $150. A little too rich for me, but then I'm a bit of a cheap skate! I guess everyone else liked this cardigan too, as days later it was sold out. I decided to copy be inspired by it and make my own.

This is my version. The biggest challange with this project was finding the right garments to start with. I trawled quite a few op-shops looking for the right pieces to work with, and I didn't find exactly what I had in mind, but I found these two acrylic jumpers for $4 each and thought they would make a suitable version.

I started with the navy blue jumper/sweater as the base and cut a section out of the back. As this top was too large for me when I replaced the missing piece with a bit from the back of the cream jumper that was slightly smaller than the missing piece. This gave the back of the navy jumper the right width for me across the back. I then cliced right up the front, but off to one side. To the shorter side, I attached the front of the cream jumper. To the longer side, I sewed a section from the back. After trying it on, I thought it needed more cream to balance out the blue, so I cut the blue sleeves short and attached the bottom of the cream sleeves.

I sewed this entire garment up using navy blue thread in my overlocker. I even added some decorative overlocking to the edges. I thought of adding a collar from more of the left over pieces, but decided against it. I think I'll wear it a few more times, and if I still like it without a collar and throw the leftovers out.

This wasn't a difficult project, and although it doesn't look a whole lot like the original, it's warm, in the colours I wanted and I quiet like it. So for $8 dollars, I have a new cardigan to wear this winter. I think I'll keep an eye out for some more jumpers to refashion this way.



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Me-Made-May ’13 – Week 3


  • Outfit 1 – I completely forgot to take a photo of this outfit, so here's a recreation. Nothing special, just my refashioned black skirt (before blogging)
  • Outfit 2 – Stampede dress that I finally cut off to make a top. It was originally going to be a top anyway, and it was too short as a dress, so it got the chop. I gave it a high/low hem and left it raw.
  • Outfit 3 – I wore this elastic waisted skirt I made (not yet blogged about) from a sheet.
  • Outfit 4 – I wore my green jersey maxi skirt. I didn't manage to get a photo of this outfit before I spilt bolognase sauce all down it.
  • Outfit 5 – I have been in desparate need of pyjamas, so I made myself some from a sheet I picked up from the op-shop a week or two ago.

I promise I'll do wrap up post at the end of this Me-Made-May, with all the garments I've made but not blogged.


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Pram Insert

I finally finished this pram insert for some friends on the weekend, but I forgot to take a photo of the finished product, so imagine you see the holes for the shoulder straps, ok?

I used a thin weight cotton for the front, and a polar fleece for the back, although there is no real front or back as I made it reversable. I bought a cotton/wool blend batting for the middle and self made bias tape for the edging. Using measurements I took from the pram, I drafted up a pattern for the insert and traced this on to the cotton layer. I then cut all layers slightly larger and “quilted” them together. After all the layers were sewn together, I cut them out to the dimensions required. I thought this way if any of the layers moved during the “quilting” stage I didn't have to worry. Then came binding the edges.

I realised I needed 1″ double fold bias tape as the 1/2″ bias binding I had was way too small. I still wanted to use a patterned bias tape and I decided to make my own again. I only have 1/2″ and 3/4″ Clover bias tape makers, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out a few different techniques for making bias tape. Last time I used the method from the Colette handbook and Prudent Baby, but I found them both very time consuming and fiddly. This time I cut all my strips with my rotory cutter and sewed the strip together one by one. This was suprisingly much quicker. I used the pin method (you need a long pin) to make the 1″ bias tape, and it worked a dream! Who knew that the simple cutting/sewing/pin method would be the easiest way? I wish I had known this before spending money on the bias tape makers, but you live and learn.


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Me-Made-May ’13 Week 2

The weather this week started out really well. Lovely autumn days in the low 20's, perfect.

  • Outfit 4 – Pink Jersey skirt.
  • Outfit 5 – I originally made a new top from scratch and had a whole outfit post planned, but the temperature dropped rather dramatically, by 10 degrees, from one day to the next. So, raincheck on that. In the mean time, I wore this pashmina worn as a skirt (not really a refashion) and this cardigan which I picked up a while ago before blogging and altered slightly to fit. Actually, I wear this cardigan most cold days, so if we just count this one garment I would easily complete my Me-Made-May promise. But that is just lazy!

Oh, and please excuse the faces I'm pulling in some of these photos. These photos were either taken by my husband trying to make me laugh, or they were taken by my 4 year old daughter. But either way, I should stop taking them at the end of the day after running around after my children, my hair and makeup is messed up and I look so tired!

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Me-Made-May ’13 Week 1

Ok, so a bit of a slow start to my first Me-Made-May.


  • Outfit 3 – refashioned skirt (not yet blogged about)
  • Outfit 4 – refashioned t-shirt (before blogging)
  • Outfit 5 – Wrap dress (I forgot to get a photo of this outfit, so this is one I took for the blog post about the dress)

It suddenly turned quiet cold here this week, and many of my recent makes are light weight dresses and such. As we are in Autumn here, it only going to get colder, so finding outfits that are Me-Made that will be warm enough will be a challenge. But I guess that is the point.


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Op-Shop Haul 4/05/13

Today was a mildly sucessful trip to the op-shop. For a total of $12, I scored the following.

  • A browny-burgandy pashmina (pashmina/silk blend) for $2.
  • 3 patterns, quite expensive, at $1 each.
  • A purple-blue cardigan with a small hole for $1
  • A black knit top for $2
  • And a gold double helix necklace, for $4. The nerd in me couldn't leave it there.

I could help but notice the similarities between the Vogue skirt pattern (9013) and the new Megan Nielsen Casade skirt. I have refashioning plans for the two knit tops and the pashmina, which I hope to share soon.


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Me-Made-May ’13

I've been trying to decide if I was brave enough to participate in Me-Made-May this year. But at the eleventh hour I decided to take the plunge. So, here goes nothing:

'I, Liz of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one sewn or refashioned item at least 5 days a week during the month of May 2013. I will take pictures of my outfits and post them on my blog.'


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