Monday, February 7, 2011

Up-Cycle Sweater

Do you have an item or garment in your closet that for some reason you just can't let go of it?  This sweater was one of the garments that I just could not give to Goodwill.  Now I am glad that I kept it!

This vest started out life as a long 'boy friend' sweater. You know the one for the 80s, to the knees and long dropped shoulders.  I was inspired by an Anthropology sweater and remembered this sweater in my overflow closet.

The fiber content is 100% Shetland wool so I knew it would felt.  I washed the sweater and it felted to just a little longer than a vest.  (I wish I had taken a before pic) I then cut the sleeves off and felted them again.  I used the felted sleeves to make the flowers.

I had this 100% cotton fabric in my stash and it is a perfect match!  Just another reason to have an overflowing stash!  Note that the edge is serged; this is how I know that I have pre-washed the fabric.  New fabric only goes into my stash if it is pre-washed and serged otherwise I know it is dry clean only. 

Playing a little to see how the blouse will look.  I am going to cut it out today and will post when complete.

Happy Sewing,
Michele P


  1. Your upcycled sweater looks adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm not an Argyle girl, but you made this more than palatable. Very cute and very you



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