Monday, July 27, 2009

Every Which Way But Loose

Knitwear and I have a love hate-hate relationship. Let’s just say I inherited the Eunice busty gene and you’ll understand the terror of bulky knits. However when Gina, the Queen of Refashion presented a luscious red, ready-felted cardigan and suggested I might like to give the whole cut and paste thing a whirl – well, I’m up for a challenge. What with all the excitement I forgot to photograph a ‘before’ version. Get your imagination out and think somewhere along these glamour lines:



After tying the cardigan and myself in knots last week I had the somewhat alarming notion that it worked UPSIDE DOWN. A sort of bolero-inspired number. In the end, I decided the Eunice gene was all a bit terrifying – though I’m still betting it would work on someone less curvy. Following a weekend re-think, I went with the predictable approach...

(Drum roll thing)

Presenting the refashioned BACK TO FRONT cardi-vest:



Now I’ve seen a photo, I reckon it looks like a back to front cardi-vest. As I type I’m wearing it the right? wrong? (other) way round, and am excited to have discovered the AMBIDEXTROUS cardi-vest. Again, you’ll need to get your imaginations out. Just think the back of me is really the front:



Yesterday I showed a friend. Speechless, she raised an eyebrow. Like a red cardi to a (Taurean) bull, I have vowed to wear this upon every subsequent meet-up, with the possible exception of an occasional mid-summer scorcher.

Finally, the process. No pins. No measuring. Pure wing and prayer:

1. Leaving the top front button where it is (for the back detail in above pic), remove rest of front buttoned up bit and sew closed

2. Cut sleeves off, following shoulder seams

3. Use part of one sleeve for the extra bit of asymmetrical collar detail

4. Take in the seams at the sides to pay homage to a waist which I think is somewhere

5. Nick two buttons from the front button up scrap and sew in place on extra bit of collar detail

6. Hoard all offcuts for future creative output. Think better and forfeit side seam scraps so kids can wear bandannas, do ‘kung fu’ and buy me a little more time to faff about before someone comes over too enthusiastic on the Jackie Chan.

42 comments:

Gina said...

Well, now I'm just embarassed. The pupil becomes the teacher... Still, if my claim to fame is that I sparked the brilliant refashioning career of one Ms Myrtle and Eunice, then I will die a happy woman.

natalie said...

OMG i love it it's absolutley gorgeous you are one talented lady, wish i was able to do things like this.

Leonie Guld said...

It looks Fantastic!!! it seams that peer pressure suits you!!

Sherrin said...

I love it. Looks awesome!

Bird Bath said...

what a wonderful creation! I love this, especially the assymetrical and ambigous characters of your piece.good job!
I would love a vest like that for winter layering.

Mel said...

AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHH! Love it love it LOVE IT!!!!!! Love the colour, love the stylin' and it so does NOT look like a back to front cardi it looks bloody sensational! I want one .... NOW!

Tam said...

WOW WOW WOW...how cool is that, and how clever to come up with the idea!

sue said...

So that is the secret to how we busty women should wear our knitwear, upside down, lol!! It looks fantastic and I think you have done a super job with it.

Kylie said...

I LOVE IT!!! Your eyebrow-challenged friend must have overdone it on the botox methinks!!! ;) Cool vest - absolute thumbs up! K :)

Kirsty said...

You've done a wonderful job! It looks great on you.

One Flew Over said...

You are a genius....and although I can't see your face - the red really siuts you!

Melanie said...

It's fabulous, bah humbug to your eyebrowed-friend :)

CurlyPops said...

Wow that's fantastic! Just like a snuggy but a hundred million times better.

Sandrine said...

Yes looks like a bit of pressure suits you perfect!This is great I love when people think outside of the square, fabulous! ;)

floortje said...

that looks just great!! love the idea of changing something old in such a fabulous 'new' piece. I discovered a blog (through whip up) were they changed a simple white mensshirt in a lovely women blouse..

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Oh I love it!! SO cute!!!

Nikki said...

clever clogs...

D said...

Clever clogs!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Nice work.... love your back to front, upside down, ambidextrous cardi-vest, with the bonus 'kung fu' inducing bandannas. You look gorgeous. Well done to you Mrs!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I like your hair. And , of course , the extravagantly collared sweater ....big collars always look glamourous , and this is no exception . Altogether very chic. Sonata .

Sarah-Jo said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

Umatji said...

fab fab fab - you are amazing!

Anonymous said...

Tarn,
Think we were both blessed with that Eunice gene in the chest department! I too have to pick and choose my knitwear for just that reason!
Love your creation! I think it is both a gorgeous colour, very flattering and unique!
Bah Humbug to your eyebrow raising friend!
Love Jen xo

Madeline said...

Ooo...I love it! I'm especially adoring the back (er..front). ;) Very cool either way you turn it.

Maree said...

Being a Knitter from way back I Love this...Great to see your creativeness..it looks Lovely on you...

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

I don't know what substance you may have been using at the time of your epiphany but....I'd like to have some too please. NICE ONE sister! My head was turning trying to mentally follow the steps (but we all know how I go with clothing!).Love it.& Want to make it. Peta xo

nikkishell said...

It is fabulous!

Loz and Dinny said...

words do not describe how brilliant i think this creation is and thus, by obvious proxy, you are - creative genius strikes again. Oh and thankyou so much for the wedding, love story and bus pick - I love a good how we fell in love story x

BOB & MABEL said...

Looks amazing, you have done a fab job!

sophie said...

It looks absolutely beautiful.

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh.

T, you're just too talented for words.

Angus in Northcote said...

Because I'm the only bloke subscriber I think I should add that the third test starts tomorrow night.

p.s. gonsa is my verification word. I believe it's what servants tell their masters who ask about leftovers in the fridge that have been used up.

cindy said...

this is just so cute! :)

handmaiden said...

Tania,fabulous refashioning project

Linda said...

I LOVE this it looks absolutely brilliant!

Kaylovesvintage said...

you are brilliant...wish you would be my neighbor

Sonia said...

I saw this cardi in the the flesh (or should I say, flesh in it) and boy does it look fantastic. I see you have had many a comment and now you know we all love it!!! You are so clever!! I finally changed my google password, so i am back commenting. I haven't visited your blog for so long and it really is a breath of creative fresh air. Visiting your site does something to my italian blood......

Cute as Buttons said...

I think it looks quite glam and cutting edge. Also like the hair...how did you pin it back? Very elegant. Lisa.

nevin said...

I simply adore this! Love it!

kirsten said...

this is just way too clever!
love, love, love it.

Dudley Redhead said...

you're a re-fashionista indeed! amazing stuff.. hope i can be brave one day and chop up something + remodel it..

Juddie said...

This is fabulous! It looks great on you and has inspired me to try something similar. Thank you for sharing!