There is really nothing like a nice comfy sweatshirt.
Nope...nothing like that at all...sigh.
Truth be told, I loved this sweatshirt. It was so warm and comfy and awesome. It was such a shame though because it was so very unflattering. I puttered around the house in it in the evenings when it got cool, but I would never have been comfortable wearing it out. Besides, I bought it with the express intention of turning it into something fabulous.
I did! Click "Read More" to find out what I did and how I did it.
This was a 3X sweatshirt. It was absolutely huge! I couldn't even get a picture of the whole thing without folding the sleeves over:
First things first: I cut away the sleeves, collar, and the ribbing along the bottom, then snipped a nice straight line up the center front. That's right! Another cardigan.
Last time I made a cardigan from a sweatshirt the cut wasn't quite right. I didn't want to have that problem again, so I took a nice loose-fitting tee I already had and laid it on top of my sweatshirt.
I made marks with my chalk on either side at the shoulder seam and the place where the sleeve met the underarm on the tee:
Then I drew a line down from the underarm point straight to the bottom of the sweatshirt.
Then a slightly curved line from the shoulder mark to the underarm mark
Then I cut just outside the lines I drew.
I tried it on for fit.
Looking good so far!
I hemmed the opening in the front and along the bottom for a nice clean edge.
I liked the contrasting white thread, but you could use matching thread if you preferred.
Now to tackle those sleeves:
I didn't want to cut them because I sort of liked the looseness of them. Plus, I had a new technique that I wanted to try.
I pinned the sleeves to the armholes, starting at the bottom, then when I reached the top I pleated the excess sleeve fabric into the armhole, then sewed it in place. I think it gave the shoulder a little volume and interest:
But there was a problem. The shoulders were too wide and it just looked goofy.
So I took the collar I had cut away before:
And pinned it around the neckline. Directly in the center back, as I was pinning, I made another little pleat in the top of the back panel:
Then I sewed it down. It brought the shoulder seams a little closer together which fixed the problem very nicely!
(I used the ribbing I'd cut from the bottom of the sweatshirt as a tie. I liked the effect!)
I could have stopped there, but you know me better than that. :) I had to keep going.
I took a scrap of vintage floral fabric I had in my stash and carefully cut around a bunch of the individual flowers.
Then I positioned them onto the front of the cardigan until they were right where I wanted them, and pinned them down.
The result was a lovely, romantic cardigan that I can't get enough of!
It's super warm and cozy and I love the colors!
It goes with everything!
This was a super fun reconstruction! At the rate I'm going now, I will never need to buy another cardigan!