A couple years ago, prompted by an “all sale sweaters are an extra 50% off” sale, I bought a cute gray sweater. I guess I was feeling pretty skinny that day because I bought the wrong size.Sadly the sweater has sat nicely in the closet ever since. Each time I cleaned the closet out, I thought “It is too cute to donate” and “maybe I will fit into it someday,” so it just stayed there... Until now. No, it didn’t just magically start to fit (I wish) - I was inspired by some sweater refashioning I saw around blogland and on Flickr and thought I would give it a try. Mix in a special friend’s birthday and the motivation to get moving on the project was there!
This was much easier than I thought – and quick too, less than 30 minutes start to finish. I just cut the front of the sweater down the middle with a scissors following a rib in the sweater. Using some blue check shirting fabric from my stash, I made some bias tape and used stitch witchery to attach a little eyelet to one side before sewing the bias tape onto the sweater. When that was all done, I searched my button jar for the perfect one and ended up with two – a large blue button and a smaller light green one. The hardest part of the project was the buttonhole. I had to rip it out twice before getting it right – the machine kept turning back before it got to the beginning. I think the thickness of the fabric had something to do with it. Third time was a charm. Knowing the thickness of the fabric, I was sure not to sew the buttons on too tight – I placed a toothpick between the button and the sweater to help.
I really like how it turned out... And since it was a gift, I am thinking I need to search out another sweater (that fits) from my closet so I can make one for myself.