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Calvervtutrp
« on: November 02, 2010 07:18:08 PM »

Hey all, this is my first post (longtime lurker) so go easy on me!
So, www.katwise.com has some of the most incredible sweaters/cloaks EVER, but I can't even come close to affording one... not to mention it looks like she has stopped selling them now. What's a poor crafter to do? Well, how about THIS:

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Ignore my gross messy hair, I was sick at the time so I was in full-on grunge mode.

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It's much simpler and smaller than Katwise's, but it's a start, right? The hood is nice and roomy, but I kept it short because... well, because I felt like it! I'm really happy with the way it came out, and it was very simple to make once I got started. All the sweaters came from various thrift stores. Next time, I'll get more ambitious with it Cheesy

The only real issue I had while sewing it all was the buttonholes. What a pain in the butt!! Something about the thick knit sweater material messed it up. I ended up pinning paper on the back of the fabric just so it would feed through the machine properly! Next time I think I'll try to find a sweater that already buttons up, and just use that.
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2010 07:26:28 PM »

That looks really good!
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010 05:50:43 AM »

I really like that!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010 08:33:12 AM »

That looks fantastic!
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Calvervtutrp
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2010 09:10:10 AM »

Thanks guys Cheesy It's soooo comfy, too! Also, I went back and put the pictures IN the post, so they're easier to see.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010 11:02:42 AM »

Hey, that's a great job! I've been drooling over her sweater/jackets too on etsy XD
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010 12:26:29 PM »

Great job! I think it turned out prefect.  Cheesy I also love her work and have been thinking about making something similar.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2010 03:35:29 PM »

I love her stuff and really want to do one of these, but I don't have a serger and am not sure how it would work with a normal sewing machine.  Job well done.
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2010 03:50:26 PM »

Thank you Smiley

OrangeKnickers, it probably wouldn't work too well with a regular sewing machine... I had trouble, even with the serger, stopping some of the edges from fraying. I think it really depends on the sweaters you use, though. Tighter-knit sweaters with thinner yarn are a lot easier to work with, so maybe you could use a few of those and use a tight zig-zag stitch? I'm not sure, but you could experiment with armwarmers or something first, and see how it goes!

One of the sweaters I used was a chunky, loose-knit thing with really thick yarn, and it was a terror to work with. I ended up going back over any seams with it a couple of times, because loose ends kept escaping! It all worked out in the end though Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2010 04:18:09 PM »

Very pretty. This makes me want a serger even more. Embarrassed I think she still sells them on Etsy. I found this:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/52563236/reserved-for-abby-freespirit-elf-coat?ref=sr_list_2&ga_search_query=hooded+sweater+coat&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes
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And yes, they are a bit pricey!

Your idea to put paper behind the fabric was a good one. I'll have to remember that trick.

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