I’m a fan of the television show “Castle.” Mostly, I just want Castle’s ballistic vest that says Writer across the front so I can wear it on ride-alongs with my husband. But one of the other reasons I enjoy the show is the wardrobe of the female lead, Stana Katic. Of course, she’s gorgeous and could wear anything she wanted, but I love almost everything they put her in. I could picture some of it in my own closet.
I mean, just look at this coat! Photo from ABC.
One of the things that I like about her clothes are the little details. Some lacing here, a button there makes all the difference. I have a light sweater I bought a few years ago that is one of my favorites just because of the little row of buttons at the cuff.
I have another spring sweater that I want to love. It’s grey, which I’m really into right now and has a relaxed, comfortable fit, but it’s just boring.
Blah. But I realized, the detail I like on the green sweater could be easily added to the grey one with a little ribbon and a few buttons. Because I found my package of tiny buttons on clearance for $.50 and the entire spool of ribbon was only $.50 (I used 9 inches of the 18 feet), this upgrade only cost me 52 cents. Can’t beat that.
The ribbon I used is called grosgrain. It’s the stuff with the little horizontal ridges on it. Mine is 3/8” wide, because that is the width of my buttons. You could certainly go wider.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, each the length of the cuff on the sweater plus 1 inch. Fold the ends under 1/2 inch and press with an iron.
Flatten the cuff with the seam centered at the bottom. Pin the ribbon centered on top.
Stitch close to the edge, all the way around the ribbon. Stretch the sleeve as little as possible.
Stitch the buttons on the ribbon.
I had a few buttons left, so I sewed a few on at the bottom of the v-neck.
Inexpensive, quick and easy but I think it makes a big difference in this sweater.
Now, to go figure out if I can applique on a ballistic vest.