Thursday, December 2, 2010

Refashioning the Hoodie

I was inspired by this post to refashion my Old Navy, thrifted wool sweater (and somehow inspired to photograph myself, only without a tripod).

See the hood?  Unflattering, useless, and bulky.

And I want to mend the hole, too.  It's been there for a few years, but I wear this sweater pretty often.

I intended to open up the hood and then fold it on itself into a collar, but when I did the first little hem with a zig zag stitch, it turned into a pretty lettuce-edge.  So I let it go.  And used a scrap to mend the hole.

Now the sweater-that-used-to-be-a-hoodie just needs a barber date with my mother-in-law's fuzzy shaver.  I love that thing and I love that we share it back and forth. 

I may also have built up enough confidence to turn my lambswool crewneck sweater into a cardigan.


  1. It looks great!
    Also to mend the hole you could just weave some wool through it, do some invisible mending. Seems I have been doing that all week with socks. I refuse to buy new socks when the great part of the sock is just fine.

    I have been following you for some time. Beautiful blog and very creative.My old blog went haywire due to the "background' company I had and I have had to begin all over again.

  2. I love the way your collar came out! Glad you shared pictures - I've been seeing a lot of sweater refashions lately too. I have a couple sweaters that have been languishing in the back of my closet...may have to do something about that : )

  3. Oh, I adore that ruffled collar... so much cuter than a useless hood! Nicely done, as always.

  4. That collar is very pretty. Nice job!

  5. gorgeous! i love reading your blog.

  6. I would love to compensate you for your services in this very area of expertise, should you ever be interested in taking on such clients! I have three make that four...that I can think of off the top of my head that would benefit!

  7. Quick question about the fuzz shaver - can you tell me more about it? I have sweaters in need of de-pilling, but haven't been sure of what to get.

  8. AmyK, my fuzzy shaver is a pass-on from my mother-in-law. It looks like this one

    I love it, so it's worth it to me to have this gadget around. Hope that helps!


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