Refashion It! Wool Sweater to Skirt

refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comIt’s spring and time to get rid of all these sweaters you haven’t worn in years! Before you throw them away, why not try a quick refashion? This way having lived a long boring life in your closet your sweater might at least have a chance to lead a short exciting life as a skirt before it gets replaced by all the lovely summer dresses we can’t wait for.

I actually did this project weeks (months?) ago, when the weather was much colder, but somehow it took me ages to take some pictures of the finished skirt.
refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comI got this sweater in a charity shop for 2 pounds. It’s 100% acrylic and not too comfy on the skin so I decided to make a skirt out of it.refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comFirst, I got out my scissors and chop, chop! This is absolutely my favourite part! After this there’s no way back. In the beginning cutting garments apart was absolutely terrifying, now I thoroughly enjoy it. Hmm. What does this say about me?

Anyway, I cut off the top of the sweater (right under the sleeves as seen in the pic above) and experimented with the fabric on the dressform. I sort of had an idea in mind, but a great part of this project is improvised, really. Some things you have in mind might not work out, time to get creative!

Here’s the front in progress…

refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.com…and here the back:refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comI used the collar to create a waistband. After everything was tucked and pinned into place, I used thick embroidery thread to baste all the layers together.refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comI cut off the excess fabric, neatened the edges with a zigzag stitch and sewed everything together.refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comDone! (Wowsa, that was quick!)refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comI might add some elastic to the waistband as it easily stretches out of shape and widens a bit when I wear it (so it sits much lower than intended). I bit of elastic will hopefully fix this.refashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.comrefashion wool sweater by thisblogisnotforyou.com


Happy sewing!

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