DIY: Cardigans, from big to little

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One of the most worn types of clothing in my girl's wardrobe is the cardigan. I love them, they can be worn with anything and in any type of weather. In the summer you throw them on as a thin jacket, in winter you add them to a sleeveless (summer)dress to be able to wear it all year long.  

While switching clothes to go up a size again (man, they grow so quickly) I found out my daughter only had one that fit her left, so it was time to make some more! 

We both went to the thrift store and looked for adult size cardigans in the preferred colour (pink, duh) and found two nice ones, one in a granny style out of merino wool and one with a frilly collar. For adults there is usually a lot more choice than for kids, and the size gives you more fabric to work with. My daughter spotted a scarf in pale pink with golden dots and since I couldn't argue her taste (and it was a bargain at 50 cents) I bought that one too. We spent a whopping 4,40€. :)

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The scarf was a huge rectangle, so I cut it in half and stitched those pieces together. I kept the original hem. Then I gathered the fabric by hand to make the pleats. After that I added a tunnel of some leftover golden-ish fabric as a tunnel for an elastic band at the waist.

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For the cardigans I used an existing one as a pattern. When I cut the front parts, I kept part of the original collar attached to it, so it would look neater afterwards.  

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The results were quite pleasing! You can see how I cut the smaller sizes from the adult size cardigans in these photos.

I'll try to make something out of the leftover pieces, especially from the Merino since it is supersoft. Maybe legwarmers, or little gloves.. 

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The leftover frills from the other cardigan are probably going to be flowers on a headband. 

I kept all the original buttons in place (sooo much easier) but just replaced the top one to add a fun detail!

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Needless to say, this one is very happy with the result too. Maybe mostly because the skirt is perfect for twirling!  

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