Lovely Anthro cardigan copy

Earlier this spring I saved this photo to my "Inspiration: Clothes" subfolder...
How pretty, bright, and springy!  I thought how easy it would be to copy if I could find the right collar or lace to go around the neck.

Pretty much the same day, I saw this Express sweater on clearance at Marshall's for $3, missing a button and a sad leftover from the holiday season.
It's not the right color exactly, but they're both sort of jade-ey and different than anything else I have.
It sat in my project/mending/refashion pile for a couple months (eek!) and then just last week at the Goodwill Outlet I found this vintage crocheted collar.
I trimmed off the tassels and pink inner stitching, and sewed it on to the sweater!
I also took a scrap of rayon lining in the same color and made four petals to decorate the center fronts (cut out triangles, sewed right sides together, turned them right side out and pleated at the unfinished short edges).

Here she is:
Right, so I got lucky on the supplies for this and the total cost was about $3.25!!  Heee heee...
*I should point out that Jamie at Pretty Ditty did this sweater copy this week, too!  In fact, she may have been the final inspiration for me to go ahead with the project... thanks, Jamie!

31 comments

  1. Holy smokes! What a great project. I love how it turned out.

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  2. a-dor-able! you have the cute figure to pull that off too! great job!

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  3. fantastic need i say more!!

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I have been looking for crocheted doily type things to do this same thing but I keep coming up empty. What a great find! I actually like your crocheted leaf motif better than Anthro's collar!

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  5. I also like your version better than the original. Nice!

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  6. its gorgeous, i've just recently started following your blog and i must say its so inspirational. I luv all your re-fashions, i will have to try one of them myself soon.

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  7. This is lovely. I'm off to Brussels tomorrow and have factored in a couple of hours to track down a lace collar.

    Thanks for your supportive comment about my dress mishap on my blog - made me feel much better!

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  8. That's beautiful - I definitely like your version more too, the lace is gorgeous!

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  9. That looks EXACTLY like the original, that's awesome :)

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  10. Really really great copy. I love the whole idea behind this blog! Just found you and imma gonna follow. :)

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  11. love the final product. Well done!

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  12. Anonymous4/12/2010

    Woohoo!

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  13. How cute! I actually like your version better than the inspiration!

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  14. i am kind of a silent stalker, but hello, i LOVE this! it is awesome!

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  15. I am so impressed by this! Well done.

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  16. I think I like yours more than the original :) excellent work!

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  17. I have to say, with each post I love your blog more and more. So inspirational! And...I want this cardigan... :)

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  18. LOVE this! i just learnt how to crotchet trim so i might try making my own! yay

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  19. Your blog is becoming my obsession: cute, cozy, I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Elena

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  20. I seriously like this sweater better then the one at Anthro, great job! I also love the idea of having an Anthro subfolder (I am off to go make one now).

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  21. Anonymous4/13/2010

    Turquoise is supposed to be the hot color for 2010 so you did very well! Very tasteful and well done.

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  22. Gorgeous, as usual! What a fantastic idea!! I passed on a "Sunshine Blog Award" to you - check mine out for the nitty gritty details!

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  23. Beautiful! I think I like your version better than the real thing. :D

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  24. What a great idea! I have a long sleeved T that is going to be converted into a little cardigan style this week and I just happen to have an old crocheted collar in my stash! Thanks for the smashing idea!

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  25. AMAAAZING. I actually bought the original, I'm feeling a little dumb now, thinking about all the plain cardigans I have that I COULD easily embellish on my own. I know how to sew, I just need to stop being lazy.

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  26. Great idea! And, you lucky duck, you're in PDX, so you've got The Button Emporium & Ribbonry at your disposal!

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  27. Love this - it turned out fabulous!

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  28. SHUT up, this is great!!! i like yours better haha

    i just did a jcrew copycat that you inspired me to do with all your remaks! see it here and let me know what you think!

    www.yellowsongbird.blogspot.com

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  29. good post and beautiful style to share,thank you

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  30. Oh how I love it! It makes me want to make another =)

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