refashion

New “Lagenlook” sweater refashion

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I have had this cashmere Prada sweater for a while now. I got it, because someone else washed it too hot and it felted. It didn’t really fit anybody comfortably in the family (I did fit in it, but it was too short for my taste and a bit too figure hugging to be comfortable).

So I had it laying around. I petted it now and again, only to put it back in the sewing box. I was always worried, I would screw it up somehow and it is such a soft fabric after all. I wanted this to work out.

A few weeks ago, I finally got up and told myself to cut it already. Yes, it WAS an expensive sweater at one point, however,

  1. I did not pay anything for it and
  2. it isn’t worth a penny to anyone in the shape it is in now.

I determined that I wanted the sweater not necessarily longer, as I wanted it to be a layer piece, but it had to be wider, in order to be able to get anything underneath. So a slit must be made and material inserted. I finally settled on a pleat in the back. Since the sweater was nice material, I figured I had to get a bit of nice fabric for the pleat as well and settled on linen. So I got out my form and my scissors and some linen shorts, with a skirt flap (who wears these things… seriously?) and got to work. (I swear, I made photos for a tutorial, but they got lost somehow. I have no idea how, or why…)

All seams in this episode are hand sewn.

I took a seam ripper to the “skirt” part of the shorts/skirt, since that was the bit I wanted to use for the pleat. I cut it a bit smaller, but I kept the top waist band with the button holes, since it was a finished seam that I didn’t have to make lol. I wanted that to become the new bottom edge of the pleat. I also liked the way the button holes looked and wanted to keep them as an added touch.

I measured the sweater’s back and found the middle and figured out how high I wanted the slit to go. I like pleats to go all the way to the arm hole. However, on this sweater I came in just about an inch short of arm hole height. The arms are rather fitted, due to the felting, and I wanted to keep them that way. The sleeves are not uncomfortable to wear, but having a pleat go too far up the back does not look good.

I made a chalk line up the back, then made a seam on either side of the chalk line (just to be sure it would not unravel the sweater when I cut), the same way one would do if one wanted to steek a handknitted sweater. Yes, it was felted, but better save than sorry.

After I made the seams into the sweater, I took my scissors and cut along the chalk line up to my end point. Now all I had to do, was to put in the pleat fabric and presto! I did all the stitching on this by hand. I don’t have pictures of the sewing. I am so sorry. But basically the pleat went in this way:

Pin either side of the pleat rectangle to the cut edges of the pullover then sew up those edges. This will leave you with a hole up on top, where the end of the cut slit is. now you lay down your pleat the way you want it, give it a good heat set (iron it) and then pin it to the pullover. Now sew up the top. I have done pleats before, so I didn’t have to think about it at all, but if you haven’t (and my amazing description of things just helps to confuse you), here is a link to a tutorial. :)

I also sewed on a few buttons, just for looks, really. They don’t to anything. (you can really see the button holes, where the skirt part buttoned over the shorts as well, in this photo.)

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To make the front a bit more interesting, I used a little vintage handkerchief as a collar. I just folded it in half, with the embroidery up front in the center and pinned it to the collar, then sewed it down.

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Presto! New cute shirt.

More sewing adventures are sure to come, as I am going to try and work towards a completely hand sewn wardrobe next year, among other things.

Kintsugi and boro. What’s not to love?

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What I did last night, instead of knitting!
I have always loved the Japanese concept of kintsugi and the look of boro. So last night I took one of our rather raggedy looking towels and spiffed it up. Yes, I could buy new ones, but where is the fun in that? Besides, we had these towels for about 6 years now and they are juuuust getting good lol
I think it looks really distinguished and nice now. I shall do it to our other towels as well and get a few more years of wear out of them. (keeping things out of landfills is my hobby )
‪#‎recycle‬, ‪#‎upcycle‬ ‪#‎reuse‬

Boro

Gifts

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We made coffee cup cozies as presents for fellow volunteers! A few more adjustments and the elastic button loops and they are done to be given out! :)

Salvaged

2014-09-13 08.13.11 How do you like my new pullover?

I am not sure if you know. I certainly haven’t really made it a secret… I am on a budget. A  TIGHT budget. So my clothes usually come from the thrift shop, yard sales, or free piles (which are plenty around our city).

I am not ashamed of it, if I can use something and keep it out of the landfill, I think I have done my job. I firmly believe we do not own the land, but are mere caretakers and as such should do what ever we can, when ever we can, no matter how small we think the gesture is.

My husband found the LL Bean, 100% Merino pullover in a free pile the other day. He brought it home, we washed it and then I noticed a little tear in the right sleeve cuff. No doubt, this was the reason it got tossed out in the first place.

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Well. It’s 100% Merino and the colour is amazing, so a little tear is not going to keep me from using it. I was thinking about how to fix it. Maybe a pretty ribbon? I don’t have any handy. OH!!!! YES! Some handmade lace! Why not? I have amazing gray coloured yarn that would look great with it.

A few blanket-stitches, so I have something to anchor the lace to and it also hold the cuff turned under, so the tear is not going to be seen. Then the fun part: deciding what lace to use.

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I opted for crochet this time around. There are so many beautiful edgings out there. Just do a search on pintrest and you will be busy for hours.

I finally narrowed it down and went for it. 20 minutes after making up my mind, I had a brand new sweater. One of a kind now, that I personalized it.

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:) I am happy about my new sweater and that one more piece is staying out of landfills for a little while longer. (don’t worry, when it gets to a point where one can’t fix it any more, I use it as a cleaning rag until there is literally nothing left lol)

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No internet = lots of time

right side up ii right side up

I don’t have internet at home at the moment. This means I get less distracted by shiny things being posted by friends on the weekends.

This, in turn, means I have way more time on my hands and that means I get more sewing and knitting done.

I have finished my husband’s shirt this weekend (no photos just yet) and finished and ripped back the same sock three times as well. I also made a skirt for myself (machine sewing) and started a new dress (hand sewing).

I only have a few pictures of the skirt at the moment.

Specs: 2 yards of fabric (@ $1.50/yard) and a pair of old shorts I never wear (can’t remember how much they were. I had them for at least 6 years)

What do you think? A bit 80’s inspired. a bit swishy and shoowshy and fun and light and airy for summer. I love it.