Monday, February 4, 2013

soft placket cardigan


It's been long since the last post.

The other day, I thought that I had to stop moaning. Moaning here about my strange fabrics and agonizing sewing in the way I usually did in the past. So, I decided to wait for something fun happening to me. If I could find topics that was fun to talk as well as fun to read, I didn't have to laugh at myself in public any more. As I am not interested in being useful, it seemed the only way to survive in this world improve my blog some months ago.

And then?

After some period, I found that my humble and positive motivation about better blog posts simply ruined my blog life, instead of giving lovely results. The more I tried to find something purely fun, the more I found I had nothing to say.

What is more, as time went by, I even forgot how to start a casual blog post. Is the first line supposed to be "Hello dear,"? Or is it "Oh dear,"? I don't remember anything. Devastating.

...

Okay.

So.


I refashioned a sweater and made it into a cardigan.
(Let's pretend to forget the fact I don't know how to start like honest people, shall we?)

I had one retailed simple bottleneck sweater for some years.
It had nice color, and nice texture too.
The thing is, I never got which side was front to be. In other words, no matter which side I tired, it looked awkward as if it was put back as front. More confusingly, it had care labels on both sides, one on each side. As if the manufacturer wanted to block anybody from knowing the rightous right side seam.

Besides, I loved the fabric. Actually, because I was too bewitched by the fabric, I wore it quite often with feeling depressed by the shape. I almost concluded that I was not sober when I bought it. Until some days ago.

Ahhh!

This Ahhh! instantly reminded me why this sweater was two sizes too large.

Yoshimi, you purchased it from John Smedley two or three years ago, because it was heavily discounted at the clearance sale. And you got it for the next winter. With the exact purpose for r e f a s h i o n i n g. Why do you put it on and moan about the shape?


"Better late than never,"
my slow neuronal system transplanted from squid whispered.
I should agree.


Hope you're having a good time!
yoshimixoxo


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soft placket cardigan
Refashioned, by using the pattern "lady's basic T-shirt from pumila paper patterns.
An old and over-sized pullover was totally disassembled and cut for a new cardigan.  A set of plackets was adopted in contrasting ecru wool jersey without interfacing with raw edges. Inspired by a cardigan dress from CARVEN that had similar plackets.
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P.S. Thank you, Carolyn and d.s.storey, for sending me lovely blog awards, it was very kind of you! I promise I'll prepare a post for them when I am ready. To d.s.storey, could it be possible for you to give a link to your blog post, please? I'd be happy if I can visit it and know what I am supposed to do for the award. Thank you again!

19 comments:

  1. Aahhh! Yes it's easy to forget why we buy things sometimes. This is a great refashion. You've certainly inspired me to try this.

    Here's the link you requested for the blog award. http://shellystorey.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/sharing-some-lovely-blog-awards.html

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  2. Thank you Shelly, for your lovely comment and the link! Please give me some time for preparing the post. (^^)/

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  3. oh!!! so cute! i've always loved reading the stories behind your sewing projects-- this one is no exception. (-: love your sense of style. you inspire me a lot!

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  4. The Sewing French GirlFebruary 4, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    This is extremely pretty! And i love your blog, i've been reading your blog for years (i very rarely comment because i read it in google reader). Dont put pressure on yourself, whether you change your posts or not we will keep coming back!

    Sewing Tidbits

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  5. Yoshimi, this is so lovely! It looks perfect now. I really like the ecru wool layers in the front. This colour is amazing on you too :)

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  6. the funniest thing is, your posts are always funny. (intentionally!)

    i love those soft colors against the teal.

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  7. The Sewing French GirlFebruary 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    This is extremely pretty! And i love your blog, i've been reading your blog for years (i very rarely comment because i read it in google reader). Dont put pressure on yourself, whether you change your posts or not we will keep coming back!

    http://sewingtidbits.wordpress.com/

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  8. this is a great refashion! lovely idea with the underlay under the opening seam.

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  9. This is absolutely beautiful! I love what you have done at the placket; such a great detail. I am inspired to try something like this now.

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  10. It is beautiful! I love to read your blog. Thank you!

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  11. I like the ripply edge! Lovely refashion.

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  12. Yoshimi I love this cardigan. And I love your posts as well. You don't need to try to be funny. You are already funny and I have never thought you are moaning about anything. Just discussing the ups and downs of your sewing. Which is fantastic and inspirational.

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  13. I like to hear what you're feeling about sewing---moaning or happy. This sweater is definitely something to feel happy about! What an amazing transformation... and how clever of you to think of it, no matter how long it took. It's beautiful! :)

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  14. Welcome back. I label this the most tragi-comic post of 2013 (even though we're only into February). Lady you make me laugh- I'd like to thank you for that. Thanks also for using disqus. Love the cardigan, love the styling (did you make the skirt too?) and the first photo with the grass is a classic. See you around.

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  15. What a beautiful cardigan! Glad you remembered to refashion it!

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  16. Delightful post, gorgeous refashion. Your new cardigan is absolutely dreamy.

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  17. Thank goodness you are back! I love your post - and wonderful cardigan! Lovely (and the boots:)). I will be in Japan in May - I hope all is well! Looking forward to the fabric shopping!

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  18. Lady, this is just beautiful. And perfect with that skirt.

    Every post of yours is not only entertaining and fun (simply because it's yours and in your inimitable style), but also edifying because there's always something to learn.

    You do not moan-rather you entertain with accounts of strange things that've happened (better out than in)

    I love your writing style, your dressing style and your pictures with your lovely smiling face so don't stop to worry about what you should write, just write what you feel like, when you feel like and leave the worrying aside!

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