Charter Schooled: A Cardigan DIY from Rebecca of The Clothes Horse

What better time of year to get crafty than around the holidays? This week, we’re welcoming four of our favorite fashion bloggers to Story by ModCloth to re-imagine a classic ModCloth item: the Charter School Cardigan. For the final installment of our series, Rebecca of The Clothes Horse shows us how to make a two-toned cardi that will keep you cozy all winter long:

When Modcloth asked me to restyle their Charter School Cardigan, I instantly knew what I wanted to make. Because the Charter School Cardigan comes in a variety of colors and patterns, it was the perfect choice for a “court jester” cardigan. I like the idea of using a striped cardigan and a solid color one, but for this DIY I went with two basic colors — Camel and Peacock — that I knew would work well with a lot of items in my wardrobe.

Rebecca’s Charter School Cardigan DIY

2 cardigans
seam ripper
needle & thread OR sewing machine

Step 1:
Using a seam ripper, remove the labels from both cardigans.

Step 2:
Pin a line down the center of your cardigan — pinning was always the step I liked to skip when I was younger, but the pins help ensure straight lines, which are essential to having your two cardigans match up. Cut along the line. Repeat for second cardigan.

Step 3:
Now that your cardigans are both halved, pin two halves of the cardigans together. Pin them from the inside and be certain to choose the left side of one cardigan and the right side of the other.

Step 4:
With your two contrasting cardigans pinned together you are ready to sew. One option is to use a machine; for this material I used a zigzag setting with the stitch length between 2.5mm and 3mm. Your second option is to hand sew — I used an overcast stitch to prevent the material from unraveling.

You’re finished!

Perhaps the best part of this DIY is you have the potential for two cardigans in the end, which is perfect this season — I’m giving my second cardigan to a friend for Christmas! — By Rebecca, The Clothes Horse

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  1. Mae East 12/13/2013 at 8:59 pm #

    This is great! And the bonus of a BFF cardi set is even better than those charm necklace halves!

  2. Rebekah Malkin 12/15/2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Just tried this out with some old cardigans and it turned out great. I had these two cardigans with unfixable rips on one side, so this helped me recycle them and saved me some serious bucks in the process. Love it!!

  3. eveofreduction 12/16/2013 at 6:46 am #

    If you only had one sweater, you could cut it, dye half and reassemble for the same look. Cute!

  4. Akaleistar 12/18/2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh, I really like this!

  5. Thread 12/30/2013 at 9:55 am #

    Wow she looks great!

  6. Karen 10/10/2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Love it

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