Wednesday, October 5, 2011

pearls and chains will do the trick

That grey plain cardi...
we all have one in the closet!
...Let's make it less plain :)
Pearls and chains will do the trick!

photo on the left: twin-set

I saw the ads for this embellished cardigan from Twin-Set by Simona Barbieri 
(it's an italian brand, pretty sure is almost unknown here in the U.S.)
and thought... I have {almost} everything I need!!

Obeying the pledge, I had all in my stash except for the velvet ribbon. 
3 yards - 3$ 

Follow the easy step-by step pictures for the tutorial!

Just make sure to sew with very small stitches and secure the edges of the chains nicely tight, don't pull the edges of the cardigan while you're sewing or it will look all wobbly. 

Don't rush it!
It took more time that I would thought. 
Yes, a good two hours. 

xox, d.

will party here


  1. awesome :)
    I must follow this cool blog..
    All the best & try to visit my blog :)
    Have fun *(*

  2. How clever is that?! A little bit of punk + a little bit of preppy. :)

  3. Donatella I LOVE this! Such a fabulous look, and you are using your stash!! YAY!

  4. I love this! And I think I could actually do it! Thanks for sharing this cool idea.

  5. well, two hours to create this sound pretty reasonable to's my potential 6 hours to do the job that make me freak....

  6. Hello! I just discovered your beautiful blog and I love it! You're an artist!
    I also do DIY .... I leave the link to have a look!

  7. I totally have a grey cardigan in my closet. Ha. Super cute refashion. Stopping by from House of Hepworths.

  8. this looks great! So much like the inspiration!

  9. This is fabulous. What a great idea. Something I never would have thought of but absolutely my style. I'm definitely pinning it to come back to later.I found you through Yesterday on Tuesday's link party and am your newest follower.

    Carissa @ Carissa's Creativity Space

  10. I really like that! I am very much a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, and I've tried a couple bigger/flashier necklaces recently, but my hubby says it's not me. I wonder if the chains are sewn ON the clothes, if it would work?:)
    Thank you for the ideas.:)

  11. Love this refashion! I have not seen anything like this before! Great job :) Visiting from TT&J. Would love for you to link up to my weekly fashion linky called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party Th-M!


  12. I like yours far better than the "designer" one. I am a new follower.

  13. I keep clicking on cool projects at linky parties and always end up here at your blog! I hope you'll share this and your new necklace tonight at Etcetorize~

  14. Brilliant! 2hrs isn't bad to create such a lovely cardi! As always - inspriring!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. What a great way to turn drab into fab! I love that you showed a pic of you (I guess it is you?) wearing it. It looks fabulous on!

  16. Thanks for the tutorial! I have a few button-down cardigans that fit perfectly, but they're quite boring. I may just give this a try.

  17. Love it! This is just fantastic! Great wow factor! Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie @

  18. No stash, but can't wait to gather supplies. Im excited to get started! Look forward to ur blogs

  19. I love this idea!! And I think I have a stash of chains, no pearls but other sized beads that would work! I love this, can't wait to pick which cardi to play with!

    PS. Brand new follower!! :)

  20. really like how you show the inspiation sweater and the even better looking finished repurpose- you've been "pinned" to my board! Mary

  21. Thanks so much for sharing this great project at the Stache Party! Happy Halloween!


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