80's + 90's = 2010 cropped cardi!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Has anyone else noticed cropped tops have made a comeback? Oh, how very 90's..

Current cropped sweater trend, as seen on the Missoni catwalk with 2010 Fall/Winter Missoni catwalk show

Christina Applegate in cropped cardi in 1990's sitcom Married with Children

Some time ago, I was given a bag of clothes from eBay seller Dogstar Bazaar. Clothes that were beyond repair, couldn't be sold on eBay, and op shops wouldn't be able to take them, so I gratefully volunteered to take the bag, and see if I could bring the dead (clothes) back to life!

I found this dusty pink cropped 90's cardigan in the bag of disrepair, and had to do something with it...

And a 1980's big shoulder padded, white, sheer, glitter number....

...which could have walked right offa Dynasty set ...

I had to do something with that floral glitter, and could see a collaboration of the 80's and 90's brewing..

Christmas came early, because I picked up my present (c/o Mr RF) at the weekend; an overlocker.

An overlock stitch sews over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth for edging, hemming or seaming. Usually an overlock sewing machine will cut the edges of the cloth as they are fed through (such machines are called ‘sergers’), though some are made without cutters * Wikipedia

Perfect for my little idea! I cut two sections of sheer fabric from the 80's white glitter top, serged all the way around to stop any fray, which also gives a much better finish. Then used my sewing machine to sew onto the bottom of the cardi

No bare midriff for me, I wear my cardi collaboration with a silk Missoni sleeveless top from my wardrobe (op shopped $6 from Savlos).

I like the way it looks; granny cardi meets wear-to-a-wedding-cardi. I can wear it as a casual, or smart outfit. It didn't cost me a cent, and I saved both garments ending up as dish rags, or in the worst case, landfill... hurrah!

Go forth my friends, and try mixing up different decades of fashion..you might be suprised with the end collaboration!


Worn on Self Stitched Sept, Day 6


Dogstar Bazaar said...

Can I have them both back now???? ♥ what you've done with them and so pleased they've been saved from landfill in such a creative way.

Jillian said...

What a sweet cardi! My mom's friend sold me a Viking Huskylock serger for a mere $50 a couple of months ago (with tons of thread, manuals, etc). I just need to sit down for an evening and learn how to use the thing (It looks like it means business). :)

twobutterflies said...

this looks really pretty!

Unknown said...

Jillian - get stuck into your serger, it is amazing! Threading the beast is not easy, but once youre done, its a whizzy little thing!

Sabina said...

The cropped cardies are sooo pretty, but I find them really unpractical :( But I really love the one with the lace! :)) I'm glad I came across your blog, I really like it! If you get the time, feel free to check out mine - I think you might like it! If you do, comments and followers are much appreciated :)))

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