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Altering a RTW Sweat shirt
Ceri590

Ceri590
Georgia USA
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Date: 11/23/05 10:04 AM

So I had this idea of taking a RTW Sweat shirt ($8 at Sam's Club), taking off the ribbing and replacing that with flannel (or any other fabric for that matter) and make it look "boutiquey" so I can get away with wearing it at work, where I am always cold.
I am stumped already. The bottom is not really a problem (I have had many ideas there: plain ruffles, squares at an angel all the way around,...) but the cuff are giving me problems! I like the look of the Hibiscus Shirt (http://www.sewingworkshop.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=32) and want to do something similar, but don't have a pattern with a piece like that. I would like for the fabric to be at an angel then flare over my wrists.
Any ideas?
Thanks,
Ceri (-:
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Date: 11/23/05 11:33 AM

Since you're putting this on a sweatshirt, it's probably best to have a single seam, although the pattern piece will be a weird shape. The best way I can come up with is to cut your sleeve at the angle you want (and height you want it to start at) and use the cut off part to figure out how long to make your piece (plus seam allowances of course). Once you have the top of your cuff figured out, I'd probably drape a sample of it where you want it to be (possibly on someone else so you can do the cutting easily) and cut it in the approximate shape you're going for. Then even out any bad edges, and use it as a pattern for your fabric. While you could also do this on paper with measurements, I tend to go for the 3d method. If it looks right in fabric, you should be ok. If it looks right on paper, it doesn't always work in fabric for me.

Also, if you know exactly what you're doing for the bottom, wait till you have the cuffs the way you want them before you do the bottom so if you scrap the first attempt, you won't have wasted your time working on the bottom of a wadder. This is experience talking.

Good luck!

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Muria

Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!

Ceri590

Ceri590
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In reply to Muria

Date: 11/23/05 2:21 PM

Good ideas! Thanks! I was trying last night to do it with paper first, but was sooo tired I could not think straight. I'll work on it more over the weekend.
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