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Anyuta
« on: January 19, 2012 02:15:26 PM »

Picked up a men's sweater at a thrift store for 10$ (I see people here who mention getting nice clothing items for 2-3$! Where do you find such thrift stores? =O ) and remade it into this nice winter tunic. I'm not a big fan of winter and winter clothing, especially since you often end up wearing the same sweaters days on end... this will give my closet a bit of variety =)

Reconstructed:




Before:


Basically I fitted it nicely to my figure, got rid of the sleeves and changed the collar (adding buttons for extra classy-ness Wink ).


Since it was a knit sweater (I was careful to chose a tight knit that I could work with), I used a zig-zag for all my stitches (holds yarn better together) and then did a kind of "overclock" by hand. To change the turtle-neck collar into an opening one, I stitched two lines close together, cut between the two, overclocked the edges and turned them underneath so you wouldn't see the raw bits. =)

It was a fun project and I'm very satisfied with the result!
*Runs off to thrift store to look for a cheaper sweater to reconstruct*
« Last Edit: April 28, 2012 08:12:48 AM by Anyuta - Reason: "Tunic" is a more accurate name than "vest" » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012 02:18:34 PM »

That turned out really cute! I'm sort of getting into reconstructing clothes and this is very inspiring!
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EllaRain
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012 05:17:51 PM »

The collar is really cute. Nicely done!
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Anyuta
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012 05:34:52 PM »

That turned out really cute! I'm sort of getting into reconstructing clothes and this is very inspiring!

Go for it! But be warned, it's kind of addicting thehehe  Wink

The collar is really cute. Nicely done!

Thanks! The collar is probably my favourite part Grin
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Burgawinosourus
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2012 04:01:46 AM »

This is a really great reconstruct job. I love the added buttons and how you changed the neck. And I know what you mean about needed variety in the closet. I tend to make more things for spring and summer. I should really start making more warmer clothes.
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alexxxx
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012 04:10:22 PM »

you did a great job!
I love what you did to the neck.

I have tried to reconstruct jumpers in the past, and have been unsucessful,
Have just realised, thanks to you Antyuta that i need to make sure they are tightknit jumpers Roll Eyes
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Anyuta
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012 11:35:50 AM »

you did a great job!
I love what you did to the neck.

I have tried to reconstruct jumpers in the past, and have been unsucessful,
Have just realised, thanks to you Antyuta that i need to make sure they are tightknit jumpers Roll Eyes

Yup yup! Tight-knit is preferable =) Also, it's important to stitch it thoroughly before cutting anything to avoid it coming undone.
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alexxxx
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012 04:21:48 PM »

you did a great job!
I love what you did to the neck.

I have tried to reconstruct jumpers in the past, and have been unsucessful,
Have just realised, thanks to you Antyuta that i need to make sure they are tightknit jumpers Roll Eyes

Yup yup! Tight-knit is preferable =) Also, it's important to stitch it thoroughly before cutting anything to avoid it coming undone.

Thank youAnyuta! stitching before....totally makes sense.... it did not cross my mind.
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teachart
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012 02:19:08 PM »

What a lovely recon. The buttons are great. I was just thinking I needed more vests in my wardrobe...  Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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PockyImp
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012 10:57:16 PM »

Super cute!  I really love what you did with the collar. 
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Where do you find such thrift stores?
  Goodwill!  The quality you'll find will certainly vary from store to store, but I've actually found some really nice stuff at Goodwill.  Also Value Village, if there's one near you.  Not sure how far that chain stretches.  The cheaper stores are usually the huge ones that'll take anything indiscriminately, and where you have to do a bit more work looking for the nice pieces.  (I remember going once to a thrift store in St. Louis called Rock Star Rags which was in a big, kind of creepy warehouse full of bins and barrels of clothes, which they sold by the pound.  Like, two bucks a pound or something.  Not sure that place even still exists.)
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