Remake: Mr. Rogers Cardigan

Apr 5, 2014 | 13 Comments

You saw the teaser shot of this lovely vintage cardi…

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BEFORE

…that totally reminds me of something that Mr. Rogers would have worn in his sweet little neighborhood. I mean, check it out…

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Mr. Rogers keepin’ it real

I was super inspired by this amazing Free People sweater…

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Free People’s tiger sweater

…but at $248, it was a bit out of my price range.  So, I decided to use another old sweater that was ready for retirement…

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Ole tiger!

…and work it into the cardigan!

I started cutting out the tiger from the old one shoulder piece that has been around for quite a bit.  I’m not doing the tight, asymmetrical, knit anymore so I thought it would be a rad addition to the cardigan.

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Trim that tiger out!

With the tiger cut and let out of its cage…

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It’s patch time!

…I went to my stash of Heat n’ Bond iron-on adhesive and trimmed out a piece using the tiger as the template.  I ironed the paper right side up to the wrong side (back) of the tiger.

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I love this part!

Once the adhesive backing was affixed, I trimmed around the patch so the lines would be clean against the tiger and pulled off the paper layer before ironing it directly to the top left of the sweater.

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Peel and affix!

It’s like the tiger is my mascot!

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AFTER

Turned out pretty well!!  You can always hand stitch or machine sew around the edges to keep it super secure, however I didn’t have time for that before I left for Bali.

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Hey, tiger!

When I get home, I’ll make the final touches.  I’ve got the eye of the tiger!!

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RAWR!!

It’s just a bit of cool to give some edge to a basic tee and jeans combo.

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Perfect evening cardi!

I was quite thrilled with my new sweater that was just a few bucks and just love that hint of inspiration from Free People!

  • http://sewrachel.blogspot.com/ Rachel Church

    way fun! Great idea!

  • Susan

    I love it! I would wear that in a heartbeat.

  • Sarah_H.

    Great technique!! This is a good one to know. I am always thinking I will do something crafty with sweaters, but I never do. I am inspired now!!

  • Jennifer Lu

    I think your sweater is actually a bit more wearable than the inspiration piece,

    • newdressaday

      Thanks, J!! xx

  • Melanie

    Did you make that tiger one-shoulder knit top that you cut out? That would’ve been really cute with some wide-leg trousers/jeans which are on trend this spring…
    Anyways, awesome job! I like your remake better than the inspo #justsayin. Was the tiger a bit felted? I always thought a cut out like that would unravel in my hands in seconds! Or did the iron-on backing put a stop to all unravelling?

    • newdressaday

      So that knit tiger top was like 12 years old and had shrunk quite a bit. It had a felted feel and there was really no unraveling. To be safe before washing, you can always finish it around the edges to secure!

  • kelseybrow

    It would be a super cute touch to sew little gold beads around the tiger!

  • http://www.opshopstyle.blogspot.com Alison Thompson

    I love that you ever did the tight, asymmetrical sweater thing! :b Great remake :)

  • Laura Whitman

    I love this – so funky and different!

    Also, the eye of the tiger reference is pretty spectacular!

    xoxo,
    Laura

    • admin

      PS, we had to sing that in middle school choir. #notjoking

  • AnnShettles

    I did something like this once for my son several years ago with a band logo on a hoodie. I put it on the back. I notice he still wears it. Those things are creative and fun. You did a great job.

    • admin

      Ooh, that’s fabulous! Sooooo much cheaper than the merch table at the concerts :)