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« on: October 09, 2008 04:46:31 PM »

It's been a long time since I made anything. The sewing machine has actually been under the table for awhile, but I got it back out today and had a pretty good afternoon. 

Here's what I did and how I did it-I really know nothing about what I'm doing, so feel free to set me straight.

I got started making legwarmers, since girlie is refusing to wear pants, and legwarmers are $5 at Target. For less than that, I can get a nice wool sweater at Goodwill and cut it up and have lots of fun. I like to try and find sweaters that people have already washed accidentally, because then I don't feel so bad cutting it up.

Here are the 3 sweaters I started with. The dark one and the pink one were "pre-felted" wool, and the Tommy Hilfiger was all stretched out. It was pretty, but cotton, so I wasn't sure how it would work.

To make leg warmers out of a wool sweater, all you have to do is felt it, and then cut the sleeves off at the arm, straight across. It makes a kind of cropped sleeve sweater when you're done.

I use pinking shears, but I don't think it matters. Usually that's all you need to do. Then pull them on the little legs and you're done.

For the cotton sweater, I had to make the tube a little narrower, so that it would stay up. Just turn it inside out and sew a line along side the seam, then turn it back right side out and try it on. Repeat until it fits, and then cut off your excess.

Then I had the bodies of the sweaters to work with, so I made this little bag first. I think it's fun that you can reach through the neck to grab something small, or lift the flap for big things.

Out of the cotton sweater, after much fiddling, I made this little dress for her. I'm pretty happy with it.  The arm holes were really tough.  I eventually made a sort of binding out of an old t-shirt. 

Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008 04:54:53 PM »

Very cute!  How did you finish the cut-off top edges so they won't unravel?
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008 05:08:01 PM »

woah! who knew you could do so much with 3 sweaters?
great job!

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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008 05:10:10 PM »

wow! you did good. i'm impressed.
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2008 05:16:27 PM »

great job I love love the dress!!! I'd love to know how you made it? Was it hard to sew the sweater material? I just got into knits like a week ago so they still scare me!


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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2008 05:49:59 PM »

Oh wow, where to start?!  Love the legwarmers, perfect size on her too! 

The dress is adorable....  But I just love the bag!!  Took me a few to figure out what you meant about the flap....ahh but now I see!  How clever, I am still smiling, I think I NEED to make one too!!

Thanks for sharing, you've been quite inspirational!

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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2008 06:04:18 PM »

The stripes are soo much fun! She looks so cute in them!

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2008 07:50:04 PM »

JerseyGal:  The wool sweaters get felted in the washing machine, so they don't unravel.  I'm not sure what's going to happen with the cotton ones, I didn't do anything else to the top b/c when I sew them they stretch all out. 

UUMom2Many:  The dress...I laid one of her jumpers on top of the sweater body, and then cut out armholes using the other dress as a guide, and cut a very slight angle along the sides to the bottom of the dress. Then I stitched up the sides.  The armholes were really tough to figure out, eventually I used a bit of t-shirt to make a binding around the edges, which made the arm holes way too big.  Then I put it on her and pinched it shut where it looked OK, and then stitched another angle there.  VERY unscientific.  I'll bet these instructions make NO sense.  Sorry.  Sad
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2008 10:20:09 PM »

Great job on all of the projects! I love how you were able to use almost all of the fabric left from the sweaters.  I went into the Goodwill here, and I thought they were kind of expensive, they want $7-9 for shirts, jeans, sweaters and skirts.  I can buy fabric for that amount.  For my recons I use my old clothes, and my mom's old clothes as she spends a ton on clothes all the time.
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2008 11:32:31 PM »

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