This is a sweater refashion we really love!
As I mentinoned last week, I found a hooded sweater in the women’s section at Goodwill, but couldn’t even fit my arms into the sleeves. When Annie tried it on, the sleeves fit around, but were too long (as was the sweater in general) and one of the cuffs was shredded. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided the previous owner must have shrunk it in the wash because I’m pretty sure no human is sized like an adult in arms and height, but like a 5 year old around! So suffice it to say, this sweater refashion took quite a bit of work!
I wanted to keep as many existing seams as possible because this sweater is acrylic and started to shed as soon as I cut into it. Also, any new seams I made had to be finished with a zig zag stitch on the raw edges.
I used the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee pattern to make this sweater into a vest. I laid my front pattern piece on the front of the sweater and cut around the top only.
Then I flipped the sweater over to the back and cut around the top of the back piece, flipping the pattern piece over when I got to the middle.
When I got over to the front, I repeated the first step.
From there, I stitched my shoulders together. Then I cut the binding trim off the hood and shortened it to use as trim around the new neckline.
With the remaining hood binding and the cuffs, I was able to make the sleeve bindings you see on the finished vest.
The only thing left to do was to take off the top button and stitch shut the top button hole with a zig zag stitch.
There was another refashion included in this outfit. The skirt has shorts under it. Instead of making a whole new pair, I simply cut off a pair of leggings that were too short for Annie and had a hole in one knee.
I didn’t even hem these because this knit won’t fray and is hidden under the skirt. Annie loves how they are attached to the skirt!
So there you have it, a new, refashioned outfit!