DIY Your Own Michelle Obama Junya Watanabe Cardigan for $50
The spectacular Junya Watanabe asymmetric argyle cardi that Mrs. O wore over a Jason Wu dress to London's Royal Opera House has further endeared her to hardcore fashionistas everywhere. To get the look for just under $50(!), all you'll need is this adorable $33 Hurley "Bailey" cardigan in Mosaic Blue, a yard of 7/8" (20mm) turquoise-colored stretch sequin trim ($4/yard), and some acrylic paint to cover up the shiny snaps and match them to the darker blue ground of the argyle. We recommend a 2 oz. tube of Liquitex acrylic paint in Phthalo Blue and a synthetic flat bristle brush ($6 & $3 respectively). The grand total? $46.
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE YOUR FAB NEW CARDIGAN:
First cut the sleeves so they're 3/4 length on you; be sure to leave about an extra half inch for attaching the cuffs. Cut the cuffs off the sleeves, again leaving a little extra for attaching purposes. Sew one of the cuffs to the left sleeve, either by hand or, if you're experienced at sewing, using your overlock machine.
Take the remaining cuff and place it so the finished edge is closest to you. You're going to clip into one side of it, so that when it's on your arm, it spreads apart slightly just like the Watanabe cardi. Clip into the finished edge and straight up for about 2 inches or so. Attach this cuff to the other sleeve.
Time to sew the sequin trim onto the sweater. Use the Watanabe original as your guide in how far to place the sparkly trim from the Center Front line, ie. the edge on the left side of the cardi which is lined with the female parts of the snaps. Start on the inside, about 2 inches above the hem, and anchor the trim with a few pins. Pull it around to the outside, pin back over itself and straight on up the cardi and around the back of the neck. At this point, decide where you want your sequin trail to end; let the pattern of the argyle and your eye decide what is right for you. Then, just above the cuff you clipped on the right sleeve, pin on an additional sequin band. Sew on both bands of sequin trim.
Wear, enjoy, and if you send in your pix in of your new creation, we'll feature it on Fashiontribes!
- Lesley Scott
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