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Refashioning Sweaters
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Date: 3/13/07 12:00 PM

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  • Turn thrift store finds into trendy wearable garments

  • Learn to finish edges using simple crocheting and serging
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    Date: 3/13/07 12:22 PM

    Great article. Now I will go through my sweater stash to see what treasures are hidden there.

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    Date: 3/13/07 3:30 PM

    Ah! A ballet sweater. What a wonderful idea.

    Thank you Sarah for writing and article with ideas that I (also not hip or twentyish) could actually wear.


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    Date: 3/14/07 7:57 AM

    Interesting article...thank you Sarah!

    I really like the crocheted edge idea. What stops the knit from running/raveling? Did you serge the cut edge before adding the crochet?

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    Date: 3/14/07 12:23 PM

    What stops the knit from running/raveling? Did you serge the cut edge before adding the crochet?

    Good question! If you use a fine guage knit, then the crocheting is enough to keep the sweater from unravveling. The crocheting itself encases the raw edge.

    The cashmere sweater I has redone was a looser knit and I serged those edges.. I actually think that the crocheting would have worked for that sweater as well...but I had wanted to show a sweater where sewing was used to seal the edges( so to speak) as opposed to just crochet.

    Most the sweaters that I have refashioned so far have been fairly finely knit machine knit sweaters. I had inserted a zipper into a too tight and too itchy hand knit for my son and I serged that edge before I proceeded with the zipper.

    Frankly, I was surprised when I started playing with sweaters at how well behaved most of them were. I do tend to like smooth surfaced fine sweaters. You may want to play with thrift store sweaters before you proceed with a cashmere..My earliest efforts were with some nearly free thrift store sweaters that I was ready to fail with if need be. That way, if you fail utterly your investment is minimal..and you can think of the couple of bucks investment in the sweater as a cheaper alternative to taking a class. My first attempt was wearable but not stellar...all of them since them have been terrific.

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    Date: 3/15/07 7:54 AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. I have a sweater collection for use to make diaper wraps, dog coats, hats etc but had not thought to jazz them up for myself! I really love the broach closure and the neautral tomes with the kick of color our tastefully incorporated! Thanks.

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    Date: 3/15/07 9:26 AM

    What a fabulous article. Thank you for pointing the way!

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    Date: 3/15/07 9:27 AM

    Sarah, one of my favorite ways to re-fashion a sweater is to put a seperating zipper down the front. I do it differently than you. I spend at least thirty minutes making sure I have the absolute middle straight up and down. THEN I MARK it. I sew the closed zipper with the teeth on my centered mark. I cut it open after all the other embellishments are done. I have a white sweat shirt I inserted a white zipper into. Then I had some two inch wide cluny trim I sewed in a triangle beginning at the center back, to the shoulder armseye and back down to the front edge. I also did the cluny up both sides of the zipper. If I had cut the zipper apart too soon, I would not have been able to get it right. Leaving the sweater intact until after the embellishments are done insures that what you wanted it to look like, it DOES look like. When I cut the fabric over the zipper, I trim it back just a bit, to insure the sweater doesn't get tangled with the zipper. I would have never thought of adding the fabric to the bottom of the sweater, and have toyed with making a crosswise opening. Now that I have seen yours, I am very inspired to do something with the three sweaters waiting in the wings.
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    Date: 3/15/07 10:18 AM

    Fantastic article! Can't wait to go through my sweater stash.

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    Date: 3/15/07 10:37 AM

    Love the article Sarah - you are becoming a very good journalist - to add to you many other talents!
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