As you can see, it started out as a pretty boring sweatshirt. Way too big and lacking style.
Next, I starting gathering a bunch of potential candidates to assist in the makeover. I had felted sweaters, various fabric pieces both knit and woven and a bunch of trims. After trying various combinations of the items below, I finally settled on the felted sweater in the top left of the picture below.
I was so engrossed in the makeover project, that I forgot to take pictures of the starting sweater so I've used the one below as an example.
After removing the collar from the sweatshirt, I cut the felted sweater along the red lines indicated below, being sure to keep one of the side seams intact. Then, I started draping and folding the sweatshirt to see what it wanted to become.
The back was way, way too big, so I pinned in some darts. One along the center back line and two about two inches apart from that. I didn't like just the look of just straight darts so I flared out the bottoms of the two outside darts. Each dart was a fold of 1 inch, therefore taking up a total of 6 inches in the back.
Now I had another 6 inches in the front to take out. The sweatshirt seemed to naturally fold at an angle, so I decided to go with that. I pinned on a zipper, and started draping the lower portion of the felted sweater to become the collar. I pinned on some leftover zippers along the edge of the collar and liked the look of that but it was still missing something. I found these large plastic buttons in my button stash the pinned them along the edge of the collar too - perfect!
The bottom portion of the sleeves are from the top front and back of the felted sweater. They seemed to work perfectly for this new purpose.
The pocket is a piece cut from the turtleneck of the felted sweater.
After an afternoon of sewing, cutting and contemplating, here's the finished product! Pretty snazzy if I do say so myself! The collar gave me a little bit of hassle but after a 15 minute break to clear the mind, I finally figured out how to get it to work.
The darts in the back stuck out too much when I first sewed them so I decided to fold them flat and sew down the middle of each one. I really like how they turned out.
Until next time,