Sweaters for Any Ages: The Short Ones
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The sweater theme wouldn’t be complete without showing off a couple sweaters that I had knitted, right? I figure it’s only fair since mom usually shows off her hand sewn pieces, that I can showcase some of my hand knit sweaters!!
Now when I say the short sweaters, I consider these sweaters the ones that stop above your crotch. They certainly don’t have to be cropped or anything, but short enough that your legs are evident!!
And I realize that most of you don’t get as much of a thrill out of looking at sweaters like I do! But just because they aren’t on the “must have” style list, doesn’t mean you can’t update the ones you have with other stylish items.
The three of us also showed fun outfits with long sweaters, here, and medium length sweaters, here. And tune in next week, for an entire series on the lowly cardigan!! I’m always saying we might as well wear what we have in our closets!! And how perfect to see if your cardigan can be more versatile than just a topper!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: This short sweater of mine is probably about 10 years old. Long story short, when I took this project off the needles, I discovered it was way too big. I actually enjoy trying to figure out how to fix something like this, so I washed it a couple of times and felted it. The result is basically a boiled wool sweater—smaller, and very tightly knit.
The cardigan still tends to billow out at the bottom, which is why you see the brooch holding it together.
Since I had the pin at my waistline, I wanted to keep my necklace shorter, so I pulled out a choker. I figured the choker and my OTK boots added some modern vibes to this old sweater.
I know this series is all about the sweaters, but I have to report that I knitted the skirt too! At my November’s knit retreat, a bunch of women bought this type of yarn to make shawls. Of course, I wanted to be different, and thought it would turn out nicely as a shorter skirt to compliment the OTK boots!
And as a special treat, I’m showing you my skirt while it was being blocked. My one kitty, Spookie, for some reason loves to sit on any of my knitting when I’m doing this blocking step. The funny thing is, it’s wet during this process, yet she hates getting wet? It also smells like a wet dog at this time, so we wonder if she didn’t have a dog friend at some time before we rescued her? Notice the other kitty, Monkey is in her pink & black kitty bed? This is about as close as the two will get to each other!!
Skirt: I knitted it (similar here in wool but muted colors or here as a set)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here)~~Sweater: Sherry Taylor (similar here)~~Boots: Charlotte Russe (similar here with a taller heel)~~Necklace: (similar here in suede)~~Earrings: (similar here a more dainty version)~~Brooch: (similar here in silver or here as a flower)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I knitted this sweater for Nancy quite a few years ago. I know most of us older women would consider it right up our alley to pair a turtleneck under a sweater! My trick to make this look more modern, was to add in the leather like jeans!
The jeans aren’t real leather, but are that coated material. I think they have a nice sheen to them, yet they are extremely comfortable. The sweater is a tweedish like print with a couple of colors incorporated into it.
This pendant that Nancy is wearing has almost the same colors of the sweater in it. It has a metallic shine to it, so I thought it stood out nicely against her green turtleneck. I picked the gold earrings to tie in with the gold buttons on the sweater. Luckily it’s okay to mix our metals nowadays, since the necklace is silver.
I read a funny post the other day regarding the fact that most fashion bloggers don’t wear socks. I had a discussion with another woman after this and she thought it’s because it’s a cleaner look without socks. Well, just so you know, Nancy has on her hosiery with this outfit, so her feet are not as cold as you might imagine!!
Pants: Liverpool (similar here in black)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here a little oversized)~~Top: Christopher & Banks (similar here with cable ribbing)~~Shoes: American Eagle (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here with your monogram)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Okay….confession time. I actually knitted this sweater for me about 6 years ago. But kinda like the sweater I’m wearing, it turned out too big (do we see a theme, here, ha ha!!? Hopefully I’ve gotten better about sizing!!). So mom got to be the lucky recipient of this one!!
These colorful, fair isle sweaters are among my favorites to knit!! They are challenging to make and so fun to wear! I know mom usually wears this sweater with purple, purple & more purple, but I was able to intervene a little with a grey turtleneck (although I wish it were more form fitting in the sleeves)!!
When thinking about making this outfit more modern, I grabbed her newer jeans from Old Navy. I think wearing pastels even in the winter months is stylish!
I also had mom throw on her pearls!! I know she thought this was silly, but I feel like it’s very modern to add pearls to a casual look instead of always just for dress up!! Like I always say, if we have an item of clothing, we might as well wear it!!
Pants: Old Navy (similar here)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here in a long sleeve version or here with an open front)~~Top: Palmettos (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein-thrifted (similar here or here in velvet)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)
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