Hello Everyone! I'm brand-spanking new here, and to commemorate my tenth post, I would like to offer up a sort of lame little tutorial! This can be done with any old sweater and t-shirt.
So, um...let's begin!
What You'll Need:
*An old t-shirt you love but want to do something new with
*A sweater, just your size, possibly from your local thrift shop
*A zipper as long as your shirt (mine was a little too short, but that's okay--it allowed room for my wide hips)
*A sewing machine (unless you are awesome and can hand stitch. I can't.)
*A seam ripper (just in case!)
Once you have all of your items together, it's time to begin! As as side note, if you don't understand my tutorial or I've blown it and it's impossible to understand, please let me know and I'll try to clean it up as best as possible. As I said, this is my very first tutorial!
Okay! So the first thing you want to do is find the middle of your t-shirt and CUT IT IN A STRAIGHT LINE.
As you can see, I cut as straight as I possibly could. A little uneven is okay, but you want it as straight as possible. Use a ruler if you have to!
Repeat this step with the sweater, BUT cut TWO strips of fabric from it on either side of the first cut, like so:
Set these aside for now.
Next, cut off the SLEEVES of both the T-shirt and the sweater.
Alrighty! Now, you want to take the two pieces of fabric you cut from the sweater and fold them both in half, attaching each one to the cut on the T-shirt. It should look something like this:
**MAKE SURE THE FOLDS ARE POINTED OUTWARD AND THE RAW EDGES ARE FACING IN. PIN ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE T-SHIRT SO WHEN YOU SEW, YOU CAN FOLD THE SWEATER PART OVER.** This is where we will be placing the zipper!
Look! It's starting to slowly take shape! Now it's time to attach the zipper.
I'm not sure how to explain putting a zipper in. I learned at a very young age, so I've known how to do it most of my life. It's a lot easier than people make it out to be. Anyway, attach the zipper to the WRONG side of the little sweater parts you just attached.
It will look like this:
Be careful when attaching the zipper not to stretch out the sweater material too much, or else the zipper is going to come out all wibbly-wobbly.
Okay! Time for the sleeves! Match up the sweater sleeves to the place where you cut off the sleeves from your T-shirt. If they don't match up width-wise, don't worry! All you have to do is dart the sweater sleeve to make it fit. (I forgot to take a picture of this, but if you don't get it I can draw a picture later to clarify. Sorry!)
Next, turn your T-shirt (it should look sort of like a vest at this point) inside out. DO NOT TURN YOUR SLEEVES INSIDE OUT. Leave them be.
Take one sleeve and match the edge to the edge of the T-shirt by putting the sleeve all of the way through the sleeve hole. The sweater sleeve and the hole from the T-shirt sleeve should match up now. Pin in place, like so:
Sew, then turn right side out. Yay! You have a sleeve now! Repeat on the other side until you have two sleeves!
Now, here's the thing; you can STOP RIGHT THERE if you would like, and be done with the project, or you can continue on for the full look. That's completely up to you! As it is, There would be enough material in the sweater left over for a scarf that you could totally make and wear with this and it would be super cute/cool. HOWEVER, if you wanted to take it a few steps further, read on!
If you're still with me, here's what is next: The hem along the bottom. All you have to do is take the hem of the sweater and attach it to the T-shirt part. Done.!
Pockets. Mine came out looking really derpy, so if you can figure out a way to make them better GO WITH IT. I'm serious. Mine look just...stupid.
Basically, I cut out four pieces of the sweater material in the shape of a pocket. I sewed two of them together, leaving one side open to turn it inside out, then sewed it onto the front. I don't support this method, unless you do it a little larger than I did. I was running out of material, and i still wanted to add....
From what is left of the sweater material (I had to use the back of the dearly departed sweater), fold it in half and cut out the basic shape of a hood. DO NOT USE THE FOLD for any part of the hood. Sew the rounded part of the hood together. This gives the hood shape. Next, hem the hood's outer edge and attach to the back of the shirt. You will want to pin it so that the back of the shirt is pinned to the back of the hood, so right sides together. If you want to get fancy, you can add a little extra fabric to the sides and front so it doesn't just look like a hood randomly hanging off of your back, but I didn't have the extra fabric.
Trim up any extra thread and...OMG you're done!
Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!