I don't particularly like cardigans. They flop around and to me give off the impression that the wearer is so concerned with conforming that she doesn't have her own thoughts. I realize there is no basis for this impression and the rest of the world seems to think that cardigans are feminine, soft, cozy, classic, and many other positive things. So, in an effort to challenge my biases, I made two cardigans.
The first one is teal and I used a stiff silver ribbon to add some interest to the opening.
The second t-shirt I received at a later time. Mom was particularly disappointed that it didn't fit, so I knew I had to try to make something wearable out of it, but didn't want to waste my beautiful black ribbon on a garment I may or may not enjoy wearing. For this butterfly print shirt, I simply cut down the center front and zig-zagged the raw edges. I also shortened the sleeves and zig-zagged their raw edges.
I've worn both of these and they don't feel as uncomfortable as cardigans used to. I don't know if it is because they fit closer to the body and the front flaps mostly stay in place or if my tastes are changing. I can't say that I love cardigans or would ever willingly buy one*, but at least I'm on the road to looking at a cardigan without shuddering like a stranger just threw their dirty socks in my face.
*In full disclosure, I should also say that I have a store-bought black cardigan that I specifically asked for because I needed something to wear over skinny-strap dresses at work and my blazers and jackets looked off-balance over the softer dresses. Again, it's not my favorite garment, but it serves a purpose and I am learning to appreciate it.