Pretty, pretty lace and bead sweater embellishment

I am always on the lookout for cute crewneck cardigans, classy and classic in nice colors and fibers.  And, a great fit is important, too.  I like to find them at Goodwill and such partly just because they're good basics that can be made over into cute embellished looks!  I love the contrast of a classic style with a funky new twist.  So when I found this BP Nordstrom cardigan at Goodwill in a color I wasn't super excited about, I knew it would be a good candidate for a makeover!
I actually wore it once without any embellishment, but dressed it up with a statement necklace and thought I looked okay.  But once I had some time, I pulled out the trim drawer and looked around.  I found some very wide burgundy lace that I cut into a square shape.  I gathered the center of it to make it into a bow, and sewed it on by hand to the front of the sweater.  I went all the way around the lace to sew it all down, letting the gathers take the shape they wanted.

I also had some little maroon iridescent seed beads that I sewed onto the center of the bow!
Look up close and you can see the faint sparkle of the tiny beads...
It was super easy and fun, and now I have a more interesting cardigan!

11 comments

  1. Beautiful! That really gave the sweater life.

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  2. Oh my goodness, you are so creative! I love the embellishment that you did.

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  3. Oh! That's cute! Gosh, you give me so many ideas I get excited thinking about it. :)

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  4. That's adorable! I need to look at cardigans the way you do!

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  5. how fun! I adore lace, but I don't always know how to use it on garments. This is a good idea.

    Now, a question: I want to cut a crewneck down the middle to make a cardigan. I did one sweater makeover (blogged here http://thriftathome.blogspot.com/2010/12/refashioning-hoodie.html). I'm worried that I'll get a curly - lettuce edge again, which is not what I want. I'm planning to bind the raw edges and then put on buttons and make buttonholes. Can you give me advice on machine sewing sweaters so they don't curl?

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  6. I bought a beautiful blue cardigan at the Goodwill awhile ago, and the tag said "BP". Since I don't normally shop at Nordstroms, I didn't know that's where it was from. Thanks for making me feel even better about my $5 purchase :)

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  7. great colors! love the lace detail. very sweet.

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  8. Ugh, I am ALWAYS looking for little cardigans like ths in my local charity shops and I never find them! The embellishment looks really pretty

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  9. This is SO cute! I really want to work on doing some appliques on my cardigans this winter!

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  10. Love it! One of my favorite things to do is find thrift store items and updating them! Such a good feeling to wear them and know you only spend a few dollars

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