DIY Upcycled Ombre Ruffled Cardigan {from a t-shirt}

So, after making a couple of old white t-shirts into a new ruffled shirt recently, I’ve been thinking about doing another…

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So, I grabbed my scissors and a bottle of aquamarine blue RIT dye and set to work!

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For this cardigan, I used the leftover scraps from the last shirt upcycle and one additional plain white long sleeve t-shirt. I cut the sleeves and chest fabric off the scrap shirt.

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I cut the hem and about 7 inches off the bottom off the full shirt. [Side note: I originally meant to make this shirt the same design as the white one, with the front panel left intact, but I had an airhead moment and cut the whole bottom off the shirt. But you know: get tangled up – just tango on! I love the way the cardi turned out, so it was a happy accident.]

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Next, into the dye, the pieces went! I dyed the bottom ruffle in the darkest 9most concentrated) dye for the longest time. I dyed the top ruffle in a lighter (less concentrated) dye bath. And the top part of the shirt, I dyed in the top ruffle’s dye, but only for a short amount of time.

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But–hmm–once the three tiers were dry, I was not happy with the ombre effect. Although the bottom ruffle was darker (tough to tell here), the top ruffle and shirt body looked too close in shade. So I ran the shirt part through the wash with a bit of bleach.

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And it came out just a PERFECT shade of super pale aqua.

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Next, I sewed my two ruffle pieces together along the top, just like I did with the white ruffle t-shirt, then attached them to the shirt, ruffling as I went.

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And shazaam, just that simple!

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Hmm… Although… Without that flat front panel like on the last one, the look just was not quite working for me. The shirt made me look a bit like I am expecting #4. Which would be okay if I were. But alas, I am not, so it was back to the cutting table for one quick tweak before calling this project done.

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I measured where the center was and slit it straight up the front, from nape to neck.

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Ahh, much better!

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[Many thanks yet again to my favorite three-year-old iPhone photographer.]

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Yay! I’m loving this new cardi, the perfect weight for spring. [Well, or at least someone’s spring–we’ve had a bit of a cold snap again, brrrr!] But, anyhoo, wheeeeeeee!


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