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Topic: 80s sweater dress to biker jacket inspired cardigan *pic heavy?*  (Read 18799 times)
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« on: December 05, 2009 10:45:13 AM »

First off I want to say I really enjoyed this contest. I've been in a sewing rut recently and this finally got me going again.

I got the chance to go to goodwill after work about two weeks ago where I found this awesomely horrific 80s sweater dress (sans shoulder pads which surprised me). Initially I put it back thinking it was beyond rescue, but it kept calling to me. After two hours of debating it and working up the courage to bring it to the cashier it was mine for 4.99.

I brought it home,tried it on, then proceeded to prance around in it for a while. I was shocked that the 100% acrylic yarn actually felt somewhat nice.

I thought over possibilities that night while looking at the supplies I had on hand and went to work the next day. The black diagonal line reminded me of a motorcycle jacket so I went with it. First thing to go was the blue turtleneck and weird blue fabric accent. Next I took off the black ribbing on the bottom. I cut the front of the dress following the black diagonal line running up the front then applied fray check, sewed on some double fold bias tape and applied the zipper. Next I re-sized the body of the sweater and the sleeves.

{Below- Gatsby the fabric inspecting rabbit takes a look at the progress I made, all pins were removed prior to his inspection}

Now I present to you the finished product

I used the black ribbing from the bottom of the dress to create the collar which overlaps in front and closes using snaps. The blue button is only decorative.

Zipper action shot!

So there it is, I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation as much as I enjoyed making it.It took a while due to work, illness, and reformatting my computer but its done! Thanks for looking Grin

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009 12:19:53 PM »

Wow! You did an amazing job. I never would have thought that dress could end up looking so cool  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009 02:18:06 PM »

i love what you did with it! good recon Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2009 02:24:24 PM »

Nice job and love the zipper bunches.

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009 04:33:46 PM »

hehehe I actually kind of like the dress! haha. But the jacket is great! I love the zipper! I think I might attempt doing that...
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2009 06:24:42 PM »

Wow, great job! I really like what you did with it!
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009 03:54:43 AM »

totally blown away!! from hideous to ab fab
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009 06:20:45 AM »

I really like how that turned out.

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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2009 07:26:46 AM »

wow it's great!  i like how you remembered the blue by the button, but removed most of it.  i have an aversion to (such an amount of?) that particular blue.

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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2009 08:33:01 PM »

WOW! you are so creative! i'm so impressed that someone could make such a cute jacket out of THAT old thing!!!
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