A salvaged cardigan

I decided that I had an urgent need for a long fitted tank top to wear to yoga and set about making one. It was an unmitigated disaster!

I made it so fitted that it turned from black to white when I put it on – the stretch was so great. I cut the shoulders in way too much. Somehow I made the back shorter than the front – not a good look. So all in all I think I messed up every element of this extremely simple make.

I came so close to putting it in the bin, but then thought I had nothing to lose so had a little play.

I added a yoke to the back


And after I had cut the top of the armscye too high for sleeves I added a pair of little triangles on each side.


The top was so tight that I cut it through the centre front to make it into a cardigan. I was left with a rather unfinished looking front so added a rectangle for a collar and a pair of triangles tapering down the front to create a bit of a revere.


I used some scraps of fabric to add a couple of patch pockets. I used my overlocker to do rolled hems on every edge.


It’s not the most elegant cardigan, but it is already proving really useful. I’ve worn it to yoga and camping, as well as coffee with friends. A good save I think!



16 thoughts on “A salvaged cardigan

  1. Good save Sue! I’m sure we take more pleasure in these ‘salvaged’ projects than others – and probably wear them more.
    I was going to comment on your spiffy hairdo too – very nice 😃


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