Q: What could be better than a cardigan for layering on cold winter days?
A: A cardigan that can be worn at least 8 different ways, obviously.
Capsule Wardrobe Favorite
When I was putting together my capsule wardrobe last month I knew that this DIY cardigan wrap, above, would make the cut.
After all, if you’re going to limit your wardrobe to a select few essential items, it helps when one of them is the swiss-army knife of garments.
Easy DIY Sewing Project = Swiss Army Knife of Garments
I stumbled across the “cardi-wrap” (shortened slang the cool kids are using) on Pinterest late last year and suddenly remembered that somewhere stashed in my old magazine clippings (you know–those glossy pages we cut out and saved in notebooks and folders before Pinterest came along) I had a sewing pattern for a wrap just like it.
Conveniently I also had some blue knit fabric waiting for an opportunity to be stitched into something special.
The sewing project took a couple of hours (though I could have done it faster if I wasn’t also watching a movie…) and was easy. That said, my finished garment didn’t turn out the way I pictured it, nor was it a match for the Donna Karan Cozy that inspired me in the first place.
But as with most things, once I adjusted my expectations I realized that I liked the options from my version and I’ve worn it multiple times this winter in many of the ways you see above.
For details on how to find or sew your own cardigan wrap, keep reading below.
DIY Cardi-Wrap Resources:
- The pin that originally inspired me
- Donna Karan Cozy for those who’d prefer to buy than make
- The pattern I used to make my cardi-wrap, courtesy of Threads Magazine