Same sweater, more options

I have found in the weeks following my creation of a repurposed sweater-skirt that I haven’t worn it much.  I still like the concept and look, but not the functionality.  This inspired me to take a different approach with the same sweater in a different color.

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I specifically chose my least favorite of the remaining 3 colors in case it did not work out.

I have been jonesing for a poncho-like/shawl piece for quite some time.  To steer my sweater in this direction, I cut open the side seams of the body and straight down the arms.

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I pinned the cut sides of the arms to the cut sides of the body and sewed four new seams.photo (9)

Since the arms are longer than the body, I had to trim the fabric at these intersections.photo (10)

Then, I pinned and sewed over the entire bottom to finish these cut seams.

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Here is what I ended up with:

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And here is the piece from various (selfie) angles as I had envisioned it to be worn.

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As happy as I was with the end product, I had to think about the practicality of trying to wear this with a coat.  I love that it could double as a scarf.

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Or triple as a hood…

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While I’m sure there is something similar on Pinterest or other areas of the internet, I can proudly say I thought this up all on my own while taking an extra long shower one evening.  Now I have an even better idea for this same sweater in grey…the color I wear the most.

Same poncho-style, more freedom for my arms…off to the shower I go.

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Adventures in arm knitting

So I stumbled upon this as I was searching for more recycled-fashion ideas and it stopped me in my repurposing tracks…

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A gorgeous, chunky infinity scarf in 30 minutes, using my arms as needles?  Um, yes please!  I taught myself crochet-basics this past spring and have always wanted to learn how to knit.  I figured this was a great way to start!

I watched the awesome tutorial by Simply Maggie and, after a few views and several pauses, had a pretty good rhythm down.  I whipped up this scarf relatively quickly,

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and used this tutorial (and my knowledge of crochet) to make a button cuff.

I am officially hooked on hooking yarn to my arm!  This is super easy, relaxing, fun, and quickly makes pieces that are warm, snuggly, and beautiful!

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The only downside – it snags and pulls more because the knit is so loose.  I had to take apart this scarf yesterday due to several pulls that I couldn’t fix.  I adore this color, so I plan on making another one asap.  I’m going to redo the cuff as well and maybe use suede or leather instead.  This cuff was too bulky with an already bulky scarf.

Now my days and nights are filled with thoughts of yarn, and I’m starting to get the Pinterest-sweats.  The list of arm knitting and crochet projects that I would like to take on are growing faster than I can process.  Everyone is getting homemade gifts for the holidays this year.

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Everyone.  🙂

 

 

Unplanned stop

Before I started this blog, I whipped out my dusty sewing machine and decided to play around a bit. We had a lot of catching up to do.  I knew I wanted to focus on highlighting what I already had in my wardrobe, so my first instinct was to create a new accessory.  While I love a good scarf, a belt is an item that I find myself reaching for, yet never having.  Here is the tutorial I used as my guide:

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I conveniently (and dangerously) live across the street from a Joann Fabric.  I happened to find a fabric that is the bomb-dot-com when it comes to pattern and color scheme.  I knew my feelings for the fabric were legit when I refused to give up on a line that was at least 8 people deep (with carts filled to the brim for Halloween costume making) with a 2 year-old ready to burst at the seams.

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I couldn’t find a belt buckle wide enough to work, so I created my own out of cardboard and covered it with a roll of embellishment using a hot glue gun.  It ended up looking even better than I had expected but, while aesthetically pleasing, I discovered it was too flimsy to hold the belt tightly.  To remedy the situation, I hand-sewed a snap to keep it in place.

Here is the finished product:

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Not the greatest of fits (it gaps out a little in the back), but it is doable with additional coverage.  I will definitely work with this concept more and plan to try coffee can lids as the next belt buckle foundation.  A fabric with more stretch would be great for this project. Maybe one of my repurpose-ready, long-sleeved tees?