Creative Fridays: sweater redo

28 Aug

I was flipping through the Boden USA catalog last night. I don’t think I had ever seen their clothes before. They have some really cute things — but they are also very expensive! I saw this sweater. How cute for Fall. Then I saw the price tag — $98. Seriously??
I loved the buttons and the stripes. I thought of all of the buttons jars that I have. Could I remake one of my old sweaters into something similar?
So I found an old black sweater. This could use a little jazzing up. I got my buttons out. I have some that are from the 40’s and 50’s and some that are new. I experimented with different placements and buttons.
I decided that I couldn’t copy the sweater exactly because I didn’t have a sweater that overlaps at the top like the one in the catalog. And when I placed the buttons on one side or the other, it just didn’t look right.

This is the one I decided to go with:

After a while, I decided on the way I was going to make it work. If you want to do this project, here are a few tips to help you.

  • Get your buttons out and experiment first.
  • Once you find a placement that you like, take a picture of it.
  • Now get a piece of chalk and mark where each of the buttons goes.
  • Take the buttons off the sweater and keep them in the order that you want to sew them on by placing them on a table in that pattern. This will save you much frustration. Also you have your picture to refer to if you can’t remember the exact placement.
  • Sew the buttons on.

I went with a really minimalist look, but you could have a really fun time making a work of art!

What are you doing this weekend?
I think we are going to see The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Have a fantastic Friday!

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