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« on: March 22, 2011 02:25:21 PM »

This is the first in a collection of upcycled sweater coats inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
It's made up of about 7 or 8 sweaters, all rescued from the thrift store. The only things not made of recycled material is the thread, zipper, and hood lining (which is Cheshire Cat fabric, of course).

It has a super full circle skirt, empire waist, and belt ties, and it weighs about 5 pounds.






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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011 02:33:11 PM »

stunning...your own pattern? Did you draw out the layout first and then get the sweaters?

it is simply wonderful to look at...
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011 02:39:18 PM »

Thanks!
Yes, the pattern is my own, though you can cheat fairly easily by using the top of a sweater for the bodice- eliminates dealing with sleeves!

I bought a bajillion sweaters in all different colors first. When I got home, I laid them out on the living room floor and decided what colors I wanted to use. After that it was a matter of what sweaters go where.
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2011 02:41:26 PM »

Your eye for color and detail is amazing!  Any chance we can see the lining?

Amazing work - as usual!
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2011 02:58:25 PM »

ha ha sort of like making a wearable quilt...thanks for the info--and yeah, a peek at the lining would be great!
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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2011 03:00:08 PM »

So pretty, so cozy looking!  I too would like to see the lining...please, if possible.
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2011 03:04:47 PM »

It's beautiful.  You have great talent.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2011 03:49:57 PM »

I have always wanted to make myself one but was afraid to, as I am still teaching myself how to sew. With that said, Can this be done securely without a serger? I have a multiple stitch machine, but definitely not a serger.

I love this a lot, and wish to make mine in back and purples Orback and reds.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2011 03:55:18 PM »

This is beautiful! You are very talented!
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2011 04:37:44 PM »

So beautiful!  I love it and want one!
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2011 05:11:08 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2011 06:20:40 PM »

Thanks for the lovely comments!

This is the best picture I have of the lining (lame, I know!). I fail. Tongue

I have always wanted to make myself one but was afraid to, as I am still teaching myself how to sew. With that said, Can this be done securely without a serger? I have a multiple stitch machine, but definitely not a serger.

I love this a lot, and wish to make mine in back and purples Orback and reds.

I did mine with a serger, but I've heard people say they've had good results with a really tight zig zag stitch (like a satin stitch) on a regular machine. I don't see why it wouldn't work!
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2011 10:52:08 PM »

 Shocked  this is awesome!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2011 11:04:20 AM »

Great job! Like the hoodie.
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2011 03:07:18 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2011 04:01:04 PM »

I love these kinds of sweater coats, you colors are amazing!! Now that I have a serger I just have to find some good sweaters to get started on mine Grin
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2011 06:13:30 PM »

I have been eyeing those on etsy. I have been tempted to buy a new serger just to make one. Yours looks great.
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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2011 10:12:45 PM »

I have been following your clothing posts and checked out your website a few times. I love your stuff! you are very very talented. Your dresses are so whimsical and fun.
i really want to get better at sewing my own clothes but so far im not great at patterns. Did you have any school training or did you teach yourself to sew?
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2011 10:51:33 AM »

Beautiful!  I love the colors you chose.  I've been wanting to attempt one of these sweater coats for a while, but it always seems daunting.
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2011 11:45:28 AM »

Remarkably cute and fun! How did you keep the sweaters from unraveling on you?
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« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2011 12:11:39 PM »

What?!?!  This sweater is amazing. Love the upscaling, love the Alice theme, love the colors, the twirliness... everything. 
Was about to ask acout your technique but I see it's been answered.  Anyway, kudos, you look marvelous in it too, btw.
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« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2011 12:40:19 PM »

oh, the grinning Cheshire cat lining is a wonderful, playful touch!  Thanks for sharing it!
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2011 07:20:24 PM »

This is just awesome! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2011 07:24:54 PM »

I have been following your clothing posts and checked out your website a few times. I love your stuff! you are very very talented. Your dresses are so whimsical and fun.
i really want to get better at sewing my own clothes but so far im not great at patterns. Did you have any school training or did you teach yourself to sew?

Thank you! Other than making a stuffed animal in a middle school Life Skills class I'm self taught. Cheesy

Remarkably cute and fun! How did you keep the sweaters from unraveling on you?

They stay together fairly well if you're gentle with them. Once you've started cutting, you can't really stretch or pull on them or you're asking for trouble. They make a RIDICULOUS amount of lint, though. I should probably wear a mask to avoid the technicolor snot.
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2011 09:01:23 PM »

love love love this!! I so want one!
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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2011 06:36:00 AM »

That's going to cheer up some cold evenings! it's so coloful and fun, the Chesire Cat inspiration really shines through. Hope we can see the rest of the alice in Wonderland collection soon, then!
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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2011 07:59:54 AM »

These are enchanting! Great job.
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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2011 01:36:37 PM »

This is pure fantastical awesomeness. Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2011 03:56:48 PM »

Okay, I live in Sask. Canada where half the year is winter...that would be AWESOME to wear!!!!!!!!!!! I saw them in your Etsy store earlier and would totally buy one...sadly, I'm a poor college student...I'm thinking I'll have to keep an eye out for cool sweaters and make something similar though mine could never be as awesome as yours. I love them. This one and all the others on Etsy. Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2011 06:53:51 PM »

Looks great!
I've been eyeing Catwise's sweaters like this on Etsy for a long time too but there's just no way I'm paying $300+ for something I can make myself! Even though I'm sure it's worth the time put into it.
I've been collecting sweaters and probably have enough to make one by now. Just have to find the time, sigh. How long did it take you?

I'd say around 2 hours to cut out (a good project for in front of the TV), and 3-4 of sewing if you're using a serger. That's probably a conservative estimate... it always takes me longer to do things than I think it will. Tongue
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« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2011 05:00:04 AM »

... technicolor snot.

That just made my day Grin  So did the awesomeness that is your sweater coat.  I'm actually drooling a little right now...ewww Wink  This ROCKS!
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« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2011 07:04:27 AM »

I have so many of these in my favorites on etsy & love this one just as much as any of them! Great work & lovely colors!
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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2011 10:49:47 AM »

I just checked out the others you made & had to heart them all! They're incredible!
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« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2011 07:41:49 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2011 01:33:37 PM »

You forgot to mention its AMAZING! Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: May 22, 2011 10:51:53 PM »

I love this! Is like woodland punk-nymph
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« Reply #36 on: June 04, 2011 08:33:33 AM »

Fantastic, I love this!
I too have been eyeing these on Etsy. I'm sure they are worth every penny! But alas, I too don't have that kind of money to spend on a coat.

Do you simply wing it, or use a pattern?
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« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2011 04:57:38 AM »

Such a creative and beautiful coat!  It looks so warm and comfortable.
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« Reply #38 on: June 21, 2011 09:16:12 PM »

This is amazing. May have to go check out the sweaters at the thrift store.
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« Reply #39 on: July 14, 2011 01:19:46 PM »

Adore it!  love the Cheshire Cat and love the sweater <3

Now you should make another one in the teal/grey colorway from the new movie Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2011 07:43:51 PM »

This is a BIG craft on my to make list, well not this one but something similar. I love it!! I dont know how to use a serger...buuuut when I learn I will totally make myself a cool coat. Michigan is cold and has the worst winters you can never have to many coats. <3
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