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Monday, January 21, 2013

Grandpa Cardigan

When I decided to sew along for Project Run & Play, I had a few points I set for myself to try to follow:  I wanted to complete a project for each week, I wanted to try to use materials I had on hand as much as possible, and I wanted to only make things I thought the girls would truly wear.  So when I was brainstorming for boy's week, I knew I wanted to make something for my younger daughter Hadley.  I kept coming back to a simple cardigan with cool elbow patches - what my husband Dave refers to as a Grandpa sweater.  So I give you the Grandpa Cardigan:


The girls and I are on vacation in Florida, so we took these pictures on the seawall at my parent's house.  Hadley definitely can put out the crotchety old man attitude!


I used a cotton/acrylic blend pullover sweater I wasn't wearing anymore and some yellow marine grade vinyl I had leftover from the superhero costume I made my nephew Jack.  Using a little cardigan that fit her somewhat snugly I sized the new sweater up a bit so it will fit her a little longer.


I was able to use the ribbing from the neckline of the refashion victim sweater to trim the cut edges and kept the bottom and sleeve ribbing intact.  I added four buttonholes in a contrasting teal-y blue to match the little blue flecks in the sweater and yellow buttons to match the elbow patches.  The elbow patches I sewed on before constructing the sweater with the same blue thread and added decorative parallel lines across the circle.  I have to imagine that marine vinyl should wash just fine, but we'll see when the time comes I guess!


She looks so stinkin' serious - like she's about to belt out "you young whipper snappers better get off my lawn before I call the cops!" just like a cranky old man!  I can't believe she's so big and opinionated at only 15 months.  I think I've got my work cut out for me...

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20 comments:

  1. It's such an adorable look, love the colors! How was it sewing with that knit? I yet have to overcome the fear of sewing with knitted fabric (sweater knit). Won't the seams unravel? Any tips would be welcome! thanks :)

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    1. The knit was large enough that I did need to finish the edges. I have a serger, but zig-zag stitch would work fine. If it were a tighter knit you can leave the edges and they'll just roll under. Even if I didn't finish the edges I don't think the seams would unravel. I use the stretch stitch when I sew with knits, but you can also use a straight stitch if you don't think the seams will get pulled hard, or a narrow zig-zag also works to allow some stretch. Don't fear knits - they're a great source of comfy clothes that kids love to wear.

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  2. Love this. What a great refashion.

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  3. Great job on the remake! I love the buttons with the patches. Your little girl is doing a perfect imitation of a grumpy old man. Love it!

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  4. So cute! The glasses take it over the top. Lol.

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  5. Adorable! She's pretty cute too :).

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  6. I know it was difficult thinking up something for boys week... when there are only girls in the family! I liked your idea of the Grandpa sweater! I'm trying to finish my UNISEX overalls tonight, but I've got those darn buttonholes to finish.
    Deborah
    http://sewmuchtogive.blogspot.com

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    1. Ha! For me, buttonholes either fly with no issues, or I'm left picking out misplaced stitches (like on my Skipper Dress - drat!).

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  7. This is really adorable---I LOVE refashions that don't look like refashions---and this one totally doesn't. It is awesome.
    liZ

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  8. Oh, so cute!!! (Love the color!)

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  9. Great refashion. Love the look and the sleeve patches are a cute additon.
    Donna

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  10. Very cute. I liked your design process... the contrast between "Grandpa" and "Baby" makes me want to giggle. Well done! Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

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  11. Very cute and love the color on her!

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  12. This is so so cute! And your daughter is even cuter! Great project.

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  13. That is adorable! Love the color!

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  14. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  15. so fun - i made a grandpa inspired look with a cardigan for my little guy this week too! great sewing minds... :)
    -jess

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  16. This is such a cute cardigan I love it! The elbow patches are a great touch! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. That is so awesome! I love old man sweaters and I love the colors. I can't believe you made it from an old sweater! Thanks for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday:)

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