You can find excellent cashmere and woolly jumpers in charity shops at a snip of the price of those on the high-street, which can be alarmingly expensive, even the ones that are 120% acrylic are like £45!!! What's that about??
Anyhoo, today I took a look at some of my pre-worn woollies to see if I could revamp them at all and I found this old lovely:
My Granny bought me this inky cashmere dress for my 30th birthday. As is the way with cashmere and sloppy housekeeping, it has shrunk a little over the years and is just a tad too tight. So I thought I would re-purpose it as a new bolero cardigan, like this!
This is what I used to create my new cardi:
- Old jumper
- Sharp scissors
- Tailors' chalk
This is what I did:
1) I used another bolero cardigan for the pattern- laying it on top of my jumper dress and lining up the necklines/shoulders.
2) I then popped a pin in the jumper to mark the bottom of the bolero:
3) I marked a line with tailors' chalk, about 2 inches below this line, as I wanted my bolero to be a little bit longer and I cut the bottom of the jumper dress off (which will be used for another project).
4) I removed the little buttons with my un-picker, I cut down the centre line, then marked with more chalk so I could cut the jumper open completely:
5) I opened the cardigan out and using the other bolero as a pattern, marked and then cut the curved edges on both sides:
6) Ta da!! Here is my 'new' cashmere cardigan!!
And here it is accessorised with a skinny belt:
And here it is accessorised with a naughty cocker spaniel:
What do you think Dear Readers? Do you have some old jumpers you could up-cycle like this?