Handmade Wardrobe / Inspiration

Overdyed Cardigan

I covet a lot of my friends wardrobes – and I have been obsessed with this cardigan of Tania‘s since last winter. Alas, I could never find one in Jcrew or on the website. It bummed me out more than any piece of clothing should.

So I did what I’m prone to doing, and I got a little dye happy :) I started with a cardigan i have had for a loooong time, and it was very unfortunately almost the same colour as my skin. That’s just awkward people. Really awkward.

Using RIT dye, and a bit of experimentation, I came up with this colour (It’s 2/3 brown 1/3 orange liquid dye). It’s not the same colour as Tania’s, but I liked it so much that i decided not to continue with any more experimenting. I really like happy accidents :)

Oh and ps… I cut my hair. Well not me, a hairdresser did it hehe (I learnt my lesson about cutting your own hair). It’s nice to have a little weight gone from it, and somehow it feels good to have a change before winter.

Cardigan: Basque, overdyed by me
Skirt: Megan Nielsen, Olivia skirt SS2010
Collar: Megan Nielsen, recreate it using this tutorial
Tights: c/o We Love Colours
Boots: Steve Madden 

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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what would a nerd wear
12 years ago

pretty girl! this is such a gorgeous look and i’m always amazed at the colors you can get from RIT dye. i’ve been too chicken to try!
also the woods are so pretty.

12 years ago

how cute are you!! and that collar is amazing!

12 years ago

Pretty cardi! Love the location you’re in, too :)

12 years ago

The new hair cut looks great in these photos! The color of this cardigan is lovely too, you did a nice job.

Emily McIntyre
12 years ago

I wondered about your hair! Looks great! Good call on the dying of your sweater. I’ve been contemplating a similar project myself.The colors of this outfit are inspiring–sort of like apple cider and autumn.

Lynette Danburry
12 years ago

I love the buttons on that skirt.

12 years ago

Love the colour combo here, and your hair looks great! Nice job. :)

Elle Croft
12 years ago

FAB cardi, and I love the new hair. Chic! X


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