Thursday, February 9, 2012

Altered Sweatshirts

I have been looking for a white sweater to bring to Florida next week. No luck! But I did find
a white crewneck sweatshirt in XL at Walmart for only $3 andAlign Center decided to alter it. Here is what I designed:
It was quite simple and quick to do - here is how I altered it:
I cut it down the front center....
...and sewed on single fold bias tape....
I sewed it to the right side, trimmed it and then hand stitched it to the inside...
Here is what it looked like after:
These are my old, favorite cotton capris. My favorite, comfy, hang-around capris. The ones I wanted to bring to Florida. The very same ones that had a few holes in the fanny - HOW did that happen??
Oh well, I cut them up to make flowers:
I sewed 3 raggy flowers on the front of the sewatshirt:
A button helped to keep them in shape and made it easier to sew onto the sweatshirt:
I made labels following these directions at Sew Delicious:
I attached my buttonholer....
and added 5 buttonholes to the front:
It is important to add a stabilizer to the back so that the fabric doesn't bunch up, so I cut more scraps from my old, favorite capris:
I attached the buttons:
And here is the final product:
Here are 2 other sweatshirts I altered a few years ago:
The difference is that I opened up the arm and side seams and stitched on scraps of fabric and reassembled the sweatshirt:
I hope I have inspired you to redesign an old sweatshirt!

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Make It, Wear It Thursday@ The Train To Crazy
It's Stinkin Cute @ Its' Sew Stinkin Cute
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Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville
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  1. Cute but how did you make the flowers. Those are super cute.

  2. Patti, this is so wonderful to know and see. I love it and I can do this too. That makes it fun.

  3. great idea! have fun in Florida

  4. Hi Patti,
    Aren't you the clever one! I love this transformation and adding the little rosettes made it so pretty.


  5. Oh my, those are just adorable! I never in a million years would have come up with such a clever idea! You are amazing and so very talented!

  6. Patty! Hi, I love your sweatshirt those floewers! I,m into making them too!! Its soooo relaxing and unique too. Sunny109 ps I'm your newest follower!

  7. That turned out GREAT, Patti! I love the little flowers you created out of your favorite pants.

    I, too, try to remember to use some tear away stabilizer when I do buttonholes. Another tip someone told me was to run a line of Fray Block (not Fray yellows & gets hard) but Fray Block stays soft. I put it on BEFORE I cut the button hole open. I let it dry, carefully cut it open & then run another line of the Fray Block. It really keeps the threads together nicely & they won't fray with washing.

    I did a similar sweatshirt for my DGD..I'm so sad that it no longer fits her. :(
    You can see it here:

    Wish I was headed to FL!!!

  8. This turned out great! Love the little flowers, too. They do look beachy!

  9. Thank you for your kind comment on my lil blog. Nice to see another pandora's box :) You are very talented. Love your designs and creativity. Drop by again soon. Have a great day.

  10. You are amazing! Love the makeover! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. Those raggy flowers make my morning. What a cute idea and it adds so much charm to the sweater! We need lots and lots of cute sweaters in Washington, one for everyday of the week! Rain pouring down but that creates the beauty that soon follows in spring.
    Have a happy-go-lucky weekend!
    Take good care till Jack comes back!

  12. How pretty and clever! Love the result! Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  13. Love this! What a great idea, and the flowers look so pretty!
    I dont know how to do button holes! I need you are Rett to live near and teach me!
    Have fun in FL.! I am the only one left from my friends left here in NY! It is very quiet here!

  14. Wow! I'm so impressed!! Great idea and love the flowers. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment!


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