SWEATER REFASHION: PENROSE APRIL

ONE OF CHARLIE'S OLD SWEATERS

ONE OF CHARLIE’S OLD SWEATERS

Suck it, sweaters! I did it! I finally did it! I finally refashioned a sweater into a beautiful skirt! I am so happy (if you couldn’t tell by all the exclamation points I’ve used up until this point)! I spent a good portion of Winter 2012 attempting to refashion many of Charlie’s old sweaters into a skirt and failed epically each time. I gave up in frustration but knew I would try again.

I CUT OFF THE SLEEVES AND BELOW THE NECKLINE

I CUT OFF THE SLEEVES AND BELOW THE NECKLINE

At one point during my failures, Charlie said, “Honey, just buy a new skirt.” As much as I love buying something new, I love taking something old and making it new again. I love looking at other projects and think, “I can do that.” I like a good challenge, and I also like saying, “I refashioned it.” So, after reviewing many sweater skirt tutorials, I was ready for the challenge.

SLEEVES READY TO BE BOOT SOCKS

SLEEVES READY TO BE BOOT SOCKS

With a few refashions under my belt, I was ready to tackle the sweater skirt project one more time. I found a nice green heavy knit sweater that Charlie never wore and decided it would make a nice skirt for me. I cut off the long sleeves and made a cut right below the v neck, giving me plenty of sweater to work with for the skirt. Before working on the skirt, I quickly altered the sleeves into beautiful boot socks.

ELASTIC READY FOR CASING

ELASTIC READY FOR CASING

I had no plans to mess with the bottom of the sweater because that was the bottom hem of my skirt. So, I just needed to work with the top of the sweater — the area where I made a cut below the neckline. I simply made a casing wide enough for a piece of wide elastic, using zig zag stitches on the edges to prevent fraying and unraveling. I ran elastic through the casing and sewed the two ends together.

NICKNAME: PENROSE APRIL

NICKNAME: PENROSE APRIL

The final step involved closing the ends in the sweater. DONE! And my new sweater skirt is so pretty! I love it so much. The length is perfect, and the skirt will keep me warm when winter hits again. I’m so excited and happy that I was FINALLY able to refashion a sweater into a skirt. I absolutely love that feeling of being able to complete a new project and say “suck it” to past failures.

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