Coco’s Salvage Company – cheetah cardi


Can you tell I’m between projects? Anytime I’m pondering what to do next, I take things out of my closet – the ones I  haven’t worn – and contemplate their future…

I waited so long to find a cheetah print for a long cardigan, and I was thrilled to find this one in a hacci sweater knit. I love the fabric! but honestly, I was disappointed in the cardi.

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When I put it on, I feel like it’s wearing me – just too much. But I let it percolate – a candidate for salvage.

Yesterday, I cut it off, added a band and buttons, and I love the result!


I will wear this like crazy. More views:



And a closeup of the back and hood on Emile…


How I got there:

  • I brazenly cut the cardi 19.5″ below the finished neckline.
  • And I cut a band from the remnant. I wanted the band to be 2″ wide, so I cut it at 5 1/4″ wide and about 42″ long. That was longer than I needed, but I wasn’t sure how the bodice would gather into the band.
  • I added five 1/2″buttons, no buttonholes, along with #4 snaps. A note on this: I wanted to use buttonholes, but I had not sewn my facing with enough interfacing to facilitate them. Kind of a disappointment, but I was out of tear-away stabilizer. I practiced with the hacci and other external stabilizers, and I feel sure it’s feasible for future garments.

This was so much fun that I’m contemplating a similar cardigan with another hacci in my stash.

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So, the post office has promised delivery today of a few fabrics I ordered. Now I don’t know what I’ll do next – what a great problem 🙂

Ciao – Coco


3 thoughts on “Coco’s Salvage Company – cheetah cardi

  1. Oh HAPPY DAY! This is a great change. Another CUTIE! I did go to JoAnn’s today looking for some of the McCall’s patterns you use and learned they go on sale TOMORROW! You know where I’ll be. McCall’s and Butterick patterns will be on sale at $1.99. Vogue patterns will also be on sale. Sale is thru Saturday.
    The button/snap combo is a very neat idea and looks great on your jackets. Glad you have more fabric on it’s way. I, too, am waiting for fabric from Silhouette Patterns that shipped TODAY. Always waiting for your next post!

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