It's been a return to cooler temps around here, and that's just the motivation I needed to get going on this DIY. I've long been smitten with this little bow-filled cardigan from Anthro's 2008 catalog. It's called the Teddy Darling cardi.
Looks pretty easy to replicate, doncha think? It absolutely was. I finished it in four easy steps, and it only took an hour and a half total.
Step 1: Grab a plain cardi and then gather some ribbons. I went searching for some special ones, and found these. I love that they're printed with definitions like 'vintage' and 'unique'. I also used this one that has ruler markings on it. I used some black and white polka dot ones, and a few other cream ones too.
Step 2: Make a BUNCH of bows. Again, an episode of Downton Abbey is helpful for something mindless like this.
Step 3: Position your bows in an arrangement that you like. I decided to follow the line of the v-neckline rather than going more random like the original. Once you have them in place, secure them with glue. This No-Sew glue is my sewing secret weapon. I LOVE it. Why? Because it keeps me from having to pin things. I HATE pinning things. I'd rather rip out a seam than pin. This glue forms a temporary bond and then washes out. It's awesome.
Step 4: Tack down each bow well with needle and thread. Done!
I'm really excited about how it turned out.
I even like it better than the original. I just love when that happens ;)
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