Friday, February 4, 2011

Cashmere Christmas dress

I made this in December.  It was quite a project!  I kept sewing, then cutting.  Sewing more, then cutting more, because I was never happy with how it was hanging on my body.  Eventually, I ended up with this.  I made it out of all cashmere sweaters, so it is super soft and super warm!



I was too lazy to take down the upstairs Christmas tree this year, so I just redecorated it for Valentine's Day.  Haven't decided yet if it is staying for St. Patrick's!

Busy, busy

I have been on a sewing kick this week!  With my hubby working out of town, I have been staying up late and creating new pieces. 

Child's zippered jacket/cardigan
   I was really pleased with how this one turned out.  I love that pattern from the sweater with those great colors of teal, mint green and gray. 

Long cardigan

                 I wore this long orange and blue cardigan to work and received so many compliments on it!  People asked where I bought it!  I love that!  I made this one out of four wool sweaters.  If I had to change anything, it would be the shoulders.  I would have put the serged seam on the inside.  It makes me look too linebacker-ish as it is!

argyle mohair skirt
  This skirt I made from an oversized men's sweater.  I added a jersey knit band at the top with a tie so it can be adjusted to various waists.  I wore it to work one day with brown boots, and it looked really cute!

Long hooded cardigan with buttons

Here's another long cardigan.  This one was made from three sweaters.  Two were already cardigans, so I kept the existing buttons in place.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

One World One Heart

In order to meet other bloggers, particularly other crafty and creative ones, I am taking part in this event, One World One Heart.  I've never done anything like this, since I am relatively new to blogging.  I hope that it will be a chance for me to learn more about successful blogging and make friends with artistic individuals around the world!
As a part of this event, anyone who comments is eligible for a door prize to be awarded at the end of the event.  My door prize is a set of greeting cards that I have created.  In addition to the two pictured below, I will add three others with them.  I know my blog is all about making stuff from sweaters, and it would make sense to give away an upcycled sweater item.  However, since it could be shipped anywhere in the world, my cards would probably travel more easily.

So don't forget to comment so your information will be available for the doorprize!  For more information on adding your blog to the event, visit: 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wool Cape

Lily was being goofy
Lily wasn't being very cooperative as a model last night, so I couldn't get the best pictures of one of my latest creations.  Typical fickled model...she wasn't in the mood to pose and wanted to just goof off!

This cape started out to be for me; however, it ended up being too short.  So, it's perfect for a child.  Even Lily, at nearly 12, is a bit too big for it. 

I started with a wool jacket that was fulled in the washer.  (One of these days I need to remember to take Before pictures!)  I inserted triangles of wool cut from fulled/felted sweaters.  It was a bit scratchy around the neck, so I added a collar of lambswool that is super soft.  It is doubled over and attached irregularly to have a scarf-like appearrance to the collar.  There are small slits in the front for arms to come through, pockets from the original jacket remain and the collar closes with Velcro and/or toggle buttons.