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selena!
« on: September 02, 2007 10:39:50 PM »

my friend (who is a boy) said that this sweater shrunk in the wash, and no longer fit him length-wise (he's like 6'5", so that's not hard to do...).

i stumbled upon it while hanging out in his room and he said that i could have it, figuring that i could do something with it.  as you can see, men's large aren't really meant for flattering and looking cute...



so, after some cutting and sewing, i jazzed it up a bit!


he's a close-up of the buttons and button holes which came from another recon project that included a pair of men's slacks!  the whole in the top is from a button-hole attempt gone wrong, which made me switch to the slacks, i'll probably patch that up as soon as this topic is finished!



let me know what you think!

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riverwatson
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007 07:34:55 AM »

cute cute cute.  Grin

buttons are so fun! and the tabs add an appropriate splash of color. love it.

my closet-full of boring sweaters are going to be very sorry i saw this.

anyway, i am off in search of buttons!!!  Cheesy

thanks for sharing!
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Emcat525
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2007 03:28:27 PM »

That is cute! So does it work OK to cut up a sweater? It doen't ravel (spelling?) all over the place? I wanted to do something similar to a sweater at the Goodwill but my mom wouldn't let me buy it because she just thought I'd ruin it.
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akittencalledjen
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2007 03:59:04 PM »

Apparently (I've read some tutes on here but haven't had a chance to try it yet) if you put a woollen sweater in a hot wash it shrinks and it turns into felt.  All the fibres get matted together and it and it doesn't unravel if cut.  You can find more info about it here and over at the Other Fiber Arts board.
This is a great way to use a shrunken sweater and I love your use of buttons.  It's a nice little detail.  Now I really, really want to try it!
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selena!
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2007 05:51:10 PM »

i was worried about that myself, but this sweater came from my guy friend who was typical and just threw everything in the same wash and in the dryer without reading the "hand wash cold and line dry" directions; so cutting this was no problem.  i spent a few minutes picking at the edges to see how much i could get to unravel and i got a few loose ends to stick out a little more, but other than that i was fine.  i also put a finishing edge on the places where i cut just to be sure and she's holding up fine!  now i'm torn between searching my old clothes and scrap bin and doing my homework...  which one will win...?
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2007 03:40:51 PM »

wow!  what a great idea!  which better than the first version.
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windsy
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007 02:34:05 AM »

this is so cool.  i love those button thingers.  ive done a few sweater fixer-uppers, and they never unravel.  just be sure to finish your seams.  it works out well.

man, i am a sucker for a striped sweater.  i want that one!
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007 05:36:06 AM »

Great save. The only comment I could add is that it might be cool to put matching tabs on the cuffs so you can fold them up a bit. It looks like the sleeves are still a bit long on your arms and I think another shot of raspberry might just make the piece look even more polished. (Of course, you may be the sort of gal who likes pulling her cuffs over her hands. If so you could maybe make thumb holes and stitch around them in accent colored thread.)
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selena!
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2007 09:16:06 PM »

Great save. The only comment I could add is that it might be cool to put matching tabs on the cuffs so you can fold them up a bit. It looks like the sleeves are still a bit long on your arms and I think another shot of raspberry might just make the piece look even more polished. (Of course, you may be the sort of gal who likes pulling her cuffs over her hands. If so you could maybe make thumb holes and stitch around them in accent colored thread.)

hrmmm...  that's not a bad idea...  and i still do have some scraps from those pants that made the button holes...
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