Well, I suppose it’s official now that November 2nd marks the the day on which I post the Boyer Family Singer’s very first tutorial! 😀
Today’s how-to is on fixing up that plain ol’ cardigan hanging up in you closet, and giving it a little bit of jazz with a pretty gathered hem detailing.
What you will need:
Thread (co-ordinating with the color of your cardigan)
Pins and a needle
2 Matching or co-ordinating buttons
(and of course) a Cardigan
Step 1- Measure 2-3 inches up from the hem, and mark that spot with a pin.
(Note: this tutorial is also great for evening out a hem of a cardigan or sweater that has possibly been stretched etc. If this is the case, then you can even it out by measuring the difference between the hem, and measuring up on the side that is stretched, the difference added to the 2″ i.e- side A is 1/2″ longer than the other, mark on side A. 2-1/2″)
Step 2- Gather up from the base of hem to the pin, gather up as much fabric as possible. Thread your needle through the taut gathers down to the base of the hem again, then back up. Knot; making sure that you don’t cut your thread.
(optional: for a little extra bling, instead of thread use contrasting embroidery ribbon or thread, tying it in a bow at the top and sewing the button on top of it)
Step 3- place your button at the top of the gathers where your pin is, and sew in place.
And there you have it!
A very chic-chicer-chicest detailing on your cardigan!
Variation I- for a little extra bling, instead of thread use contrasting embroidery ribbon or thread, tying it in a bow at the top and sewing the button on top of it.
Variation II– do the same detailing to your sleeve hem as well for added jazz!
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