|Refashioned RTW sweater|
These two sweaters are my attempts to save what are otherwise non-wearables in my closet from last year.
I tried to "fancy up" this Ann Taylor RTW sweater one time already but never wore the finished product. The bottom ribbing was simply too tight across my widest body part. Here's how I proceeded:
- gently cut the ribbing off the bottom, keeping it stable on my cutting table until I moved it to the serger. I serged the bottom with 1.3 differential feed so it wouldn't stretch and then made a 3/4 hem. Already I like the new length.
- auditioned some tweedy fabrics in my resource center to become fringed edging on the front opening and the little pockets. The first one was too flat and shiny and didn't bloom nicely on the bias. The second fabric was a thin, pebbly texture with blues, greys and blacks, perfect against the black sweater and for wearing with jeans.
- cut 1 1/2" strips in enough length for a doubled fringe. I pinned it in place, hand basted and then used a narrow zig zag, 3.5 stitch length and sewed it in two narrow rows down the center. Used a toothbrush to rough up the bias edges and I'm quite pleased with the outcome.
|Bottom ribbing removed|
|Hem basted in place|
|Grosgrain button strip removed|
|First fabric idea....too flat|
|Second fabric choice, much better "tweediness" and softer edges|
|Bias strips on garment front and inside edges|
The second"save" is one about the garment color, not the style or shape. I love these Draped Front Cardigans from Pamela's Patterns but I seldom wear this one. That beige peach color makes me resemble a large cadaver when I wear it. Again, some tweedy fabric in my stash. First question was which weedy bias trim to use? I was definitely drawn to the more tone on tone one but my ASG neighborhood sewing group seemed to favor the darker strips as did Mr. Lucky. Ok, you folks win. I did the same two layer process and now have a sweater to wear with a dark brown top and brown jeans. And if it turns out I still seldom wear it, then it will go into the donation pile next year this time.
|Still very tone on tone|