I added a LOT of tiny knob buttons down the front of this sweater. AND made holes for each which was a little tedious but paid off in the end.
I loved the way the red and white twine looked like peppermints when rolled into circles. So I added a few to the neckline and then asymmetrically added them down the front next to the buttons.
I had this perfect red and white striped undershirt which I paired under the sweater to sort of frame the white as I didn't want it to look too washed out. The only thing better would have been a sheer red and white striped blouse with a bow necktie. If I could have found a sheer red and white striped material I would have added faux sleeves and bow tie but alas, I could not find any at JoAnn's. But if you were going to try and recreate this look that's what I would do. Maybe you could find some online somewhere.
I also made a cute folded embellishment for the neckline and finished the raw edges with a blanket stitch. I think I might wear it for our Christmas get together later this month!
As for the 'before'. I forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it up the middle. But you get the picture. I looked like this, just not a cardigan.
1. Sew buttons down the front.
2. Sew button holes to match with the buttons. I used my hand buttonhole foot. See a tutorial on how to make buttonholes with a buttonhole foot here.
3. Then I made the rolled twine embellishments. To do this I cut a piece of circular felt and hot glued the twine in a sprial.
4. Then I sewed the spiral to the sweater and sewed the twin to the sweater and around the neck to the other side of the collar.
5. I went down to the bottom and added another spiral the same way I did the first.
I then added four more spirals the same way as I did the first two to the neckline of the sweater.
6. I then took a piece of red wool a little more than an inch wide and used a.....
7. ....blanket stitch to finish the raw edge. If your machine has a setting like #39 on my machine (see left picture) then you too can do a blanket stitch.
8. I then pleated it and sewed it down the middle.
9. Then sewed it to the neckline.