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Topic: Skirt with shawl accent WARNING: knitting abuse (with tute!)  (Read 3878 times)
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« on: March 17, 2008 08:54:13 PM »

Ok, please don't be mad at me knitters!  This post contains cut up laceweight handknit shawls.   Lips sealed  I know, i know.

I bought this shawl at SalAl because I felt sorry for it.  Obviously handknit, and well made, and totally unwanted!  I had no use for it, it was made of acrylic and I don't know what you'd do with it, honestly, so it just laid around my apartment until I came up with the following idea.

1. Take a plain skirt you never wear
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/march08019.jpg
2. Fold shawl around it to sort of see how it would go, cut off excess.

3. Cut sides to make darts, sew darts on the side to make shawl lie flat around the skirt, cut out slit for zipper.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/march08022.jpg
4. Sew to waistband of original skirt, whip stitch zipper slit, add trim cut off from excess fabric and sew it over all the layers at the top


5. I didn't do this, but I need to: stitch shawl to skirt in front so that it does not sag downwards unevenly, as seen in this photo:


This skirt is SUPER warm, so be careful to sue a lightweight skirt to begin with.  I really like the way it looks and at least I can assuage my cutting up handknits guilt by knowing it's actually being used.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008 09:02:20 PM »

I think it's very very cute! It's better that the shawl is being loved than staying intact.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008 09:13:33 PM »

That is a wonderful idea Smiley  It makes the skit look so elegant and sort of vintage.  I really really like that and will have to cast an eye about the thrift store the next time I am out to see if I can find any knit shawls.  Really, I love this.  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2008 12:01:39 AM »

i love this too! what a pretty and fun way to use a shawl that needed some love.

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2008 07:16:32 AM »

Knits need to be loved and used more than they need wholeness. Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2008 04:58:33 AM »

What an awesome idea!  Love it!
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2008 05:26:36 AM »

hey, that is so gorgeous! i love knitting but to be honest i'd be the first to frog a thrift purchase if i wanted the yarn! and the first to rip, rip, rip something out if i didn't like how it came out! i'll tell ya, that is the most amazing use of material i've seen for a while. it's a great idea! but how did you sew it so the knitting didn't unravel? with a machine or all by hand? both sounds kinda hard!

thanks for sharing your project! enjoyed it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2008 05:39:21 AM »

Aw, I don't think it's abuse at all, just another kind of love!  It's beautiful.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008 11:00:24 PM »

Thanks guys!

hey, that is so gorgeous! i love knitting but to be honest i'd be the first to frog a thrift purchase if i wanted the yarn! and the first to rip, rip, rip something out if i didn't like how it came out! i'll tell ya, that is the most amazing use of material i've seen for a while. it's a great idea! but how did you sew it so the knitting didn't unravel? with a machine or all by hand? both sounds kinda hard!

thanks for sharing your project! enjoyed it.

In all honesty, I just cut & sewed!  It didn't unravel, I am guessing it is about 20 yrs old and it was sort of felted/melted together, plus it was acryclic...if you had something nicer you'd have to be a lot more careful I'm guessing.


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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2008 09:34:12 PM »

 Cheesy lol! felted/melted. yeah i can see your point. but your skirt is sooo cute! i still say that is one amazing way to use material! never seen the likes of it!

thanks for sharing.
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