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Posted on: 3/30/04 2:43 AM
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My sister just sent me two lovely knit tops, and they were much too big to fit me well. The soft wide-ribbed fabric was a cotton/rayon blend with a little nylon/lycra.

I carefully cut them apart on the seamlines, which yielded enough "yardage" to make each one into a knit top that fits me well. By placing the hemline of the body and sleeve pieces on the ribbed hem edge of the former top, I was able to avoid having to re-hem my new tops. And there was enough extra to do a self binding on the neckline.

Finding nice, affordable knit yardage can sometimes be challenging. This is one possible way to recycle new or unworn garments from yard sales or thrift shops into something more flattering and stylish.

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regine said... (3/30/06 6:40 AM) Reply
very good idea, I agree with californiagirl that it is easier to get t-shirts than to get the fabric. Do you think that there is a conspiracy by t-shirt manufacturers which keeps the cotton knit in short supply?
californiagirl said... (5/26/04 8:00 PM) Reply
I've been making baby clothes out of T-shirts. I started so that the baby could have logowear to match the rest of the family, but then discovered that I could get cheap T-shirts in lots of great colours much more easily than I could get plain interlock for baby clothes.
PVA said... (4/16/04 10:43 AM) Reply
I have toyed with the idea of using skirts and etc. that I no longer wear. This really inspires me. Thanks!
ShereeSews said... (4/14/04 7:04 AM) Reply
This is a great Earth Day recycling reminder, Thanks!
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