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« on: September 12, 2007 08:50:21 AM »

I want to turn a sweatshirt into a cardigan.  I'm going to start with the basic off-white crewneck sweatshirt that says "TEXAS" in orange.  I want to remove the ribbing at the sleeves and bottom and turn it into a lightweight jacket.  Also, I plan on turning it around so that TEXAS is in the back.  My question is what would you edge this with?  The obvious choice is polar fleece, but I also am considering felt or binding tape.  I'm looking for ideas.  This will be a casual jacket for going to games and running around town.  If the idea works well, I'd like to make a couple of office jackets out of solid color sweatshirts.  I work in one of those offices where it's always cold and I'm tired of keeping the same old gray sweater up here. Time for a little fun.  So suggestions welcome.  I can knit, but I'm not that great at it.  I can sew (no serger) and I can embroider.  Ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2007 12:43:30 PM »

I dunno, while polar fleece is easy to work with, it seems almost too fuzzy and textured compared to the sweatshirt. Felt, of course, isn't machine washable, is it? I don't know about you, but I spill on myself and need to be able to wash everything.

Fabric stores have a fair number of autumn-hued (burnt orange?) artificial suedes in stock now that might do just fine. Cut on the bias (at a 45 degree angle from the finished can't-fray edge) and it'll stretch a bit, yet follow curves and straight lines both.

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