Something creative; something reinvented
Updated: Feb 24, 2020
t I needed a sweater to go over a sleeveless top.
And the coordinating fabric was this awesome patterned stitched over cotton look. With all of the seaming, the fabric had plenty of stretch. Note: I probably would have cut it on the bias if it hadn’t been like this.
Step 1: Cut a line right down the center of the fabric and then cut the neck off. I kept the top seam around the neck in tact, so the entire piece did not stretch out all over the place.
So let’s review. So far we have a second hand sweater that we have cut a seam down the center front and then cut the neck off. Pretty easy, so far right? Some of you may want to wear the sweater just like this. If your sweater isn’t going to ravel, that might be a good option. Usually, cotton will ravel, AND I wanted to make this special.
See? Nobody died, and you cut a perfectly good sweater. Actually, I think I prefer my sweater to have a slight “V” in the front so, I’m going to taper it a little here.
O.K. there’s no law that says you can’t get out a straight edge and a protractor and measure and fuss. Go ahead. I know some of you German-engineer types will have to do it this way.
First I cut a 4″ strip that was long enough to go from the bottom of the sweater all around the neck line and back down. For me, it was around 1 1/2 yards. You can just piece the fabric if you don’t have anything that long.
The idea behind this strip is that you are going to finish the edge of what you cut. You could just buy some bias tape (or make your own), sew it to the raw -edge and hand-stitch it down. (Like binding a quilt).
Obviously, that is not what I did.
Fancy. I had to go fancy, I tell you.
So, you see that little rope thingy on the left? I made a small piping line all around the fabric and turned up the opposite edge (ironed 5/8″). That rope was the size of the piping I used. I think you guys know how much I love piping. Piping anonymous. Or is it welting? Anyway, I have a “welting foot” for my sewing machine. Awesome purchase. I think mine was only $24.00 or something.
So, I made little loops for button loops. Notice the raw edges of the loops are facing the same way as the raw edges of the sweater thingy. You have to sew on the loops BEFORE you put the edging on. I chose 5 and spaced them out evenly along the sweater. I think people recommend odd numbers for things like “button enclosures”.
This is the underside, before hand-stitching. Hand stitch all around the inside to secure the fabric ends are all enclosed.
In between writing sermon notes, he was gladly tying Chinese button knots for me.
And Joanna helped me make an accessory for the outfit. I went around the house looking for pink “junk”. There are some beads, some buttons, some odd things and let’s not forget a few of my grandmother’s pearls.
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