Style · Sweatshirt 2.0 · Thrifts

Sweat(shirt)er

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Yep, that’s right. Sweatshirt + sweater = Sweat(shirt)er. I’m bringing my A-game today.

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Back with another sweatshirt project today. I love working with sweatshirts because they’re so soft and comfy, and because you don’t have to hem them.

So one day, I was getting dressed, thinking, “I wish I had a little short sleeved gray sweater to layer with today.” I was going to add it to my thrift wish list when I remembered a big gray sweatshirt I had thrifted a few weeks before.

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I grabbed it out of my closet and got to work chopping it up.

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First I chopped off the hem.

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Then I chopped off the sleeves. I tried it on and didn’t like the length, so I chopped off some more.

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I wanted to keep the sleeves a little on the long side so I could roll them up.

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I like the sweat(shirt)er layered over a button-up.

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I love the boxy shape.

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But then, a few days later, I was working on another chopping project (stay tuned), and decided to chop the sleeves of the sweatshirt again, too.

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Perfect.

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I’m not exaggerating when I say this is my new favorite shirt. I wore it two days in a row. I’m pretty sure I saw the same people, too.

And so simple. At $1.00 a pop, it’s a quick and cheap project. I think I’ll go make another one right now….

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Like this project? Check out the other projects for Sweatshirt 2.0 here.

DIY · Sewing · Style · Sweatshirt 2.0 · Thrifts

Sweatshirt Dress

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Well, hello! {Insert witty commentary about not blogging for weeks here.}

Don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it’s starting to feel like spring here. But since I never finished barely started all my sweatshirt projects, I want to do that right away. Besides, something I love about spring is starting with crisp, cool mornings, enjoying warm afternoons, and then going back to cool, breezy evenings – perfect sweatshirt weather.

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I’m so excited about today’s project! It’s been in my head since before Christmas. My inspiration came in the form of a Nordstrom catalog that arrived in my mailbox just after Thanksgiving.

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(I’m not sure this is the exact dress, but the idea is similar.)

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Since sweatshirts are a cinch to find at thrift stores, I set out to find the perfect one and make my own. I found this great Adidas one in royal blue for a couple of dollars. It was a men’s 2XL, large enough to have enough length to make a dress.

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I started by chopping the arms off – no sewing, just leaving the edges raw. I saved the sleeves, and they came in handy later.

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Next I tried on the “dress” and measured where to start sewing to close up the armhole to make a “sleeve”. For me, it was 7 inches from the shoulder seam. I turned the shirt inside-out and pinned it at 7 inches.

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Then I used a straight edge and chalk to mark a line from that pin to the hem of the sweatshirt.

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I pinned along this line…

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and sewed new side seams on both sides.

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I tried it on to determine if this was all that was needed. It wasn’t enough for me, so I decided to add some big pockets at the bottom. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?

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I used the parts I cut from the sleeves to create pockets. I arbitrarily decided that 7 inch square pockets would work.

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I cut out 8 inch squares and folded in 1/2 inch on all sides and pinned. And ironed, of course. I sewed the 1/2 inch edges down first and then attached the pockets to the “dress”.

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I still needed to cover the Adidas logo on the chest. I am not a fan of any kind of logos or words – it’s a weird quirk I have. I tried a few things (including the leather from these boots that never turned into anything), but a small square patch of the leftover sleeves was the best.

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I didn’t make it into a real pocket (I already have two on this dress). It’s just a little decorative square. At least that’s what I’m calling it. I top-stitched it into place. (FYI – BG is REALLY into pockets. I was still wearing the dress when she got up from nap, and she tried REALLY hard to put toys in this faux pocket. She didn’t like that it didn’t actually work.)

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And here’s the dress (paired with my “Just Showing Up” necklace – also here).

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Dressed down with some ankle boots. (And remember when I tried to make a clutch out of shoes? I ended up finding this cute royal blue vintage clutch for $2.00 at the thrift store. Much better.)

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The entire time I worked on this dress, I kept hearing the lyrics of “My Adidas” in my head.

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Paired with my New Balance sneakers was my favorite. I wore this the rest of the day – so comfortable!

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So here’s the before and after. It was a really quick project – not sure why it took me so long to get started on it. Promise it won’t be that long until the next installment of Sweatshirt 2.0. Because I hear this summer in Northern California is going to be CRAZY. I’ve got to finish up my sweatshirt projects before the real heat starts!

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OK, your turn – have you ever remade a sweatshirt into something else? Or is there something you’d like to see me try? I’ve got a few more sweatshirts in my stash that I don’t have earmarked for a project yet. Let me know!

Sewing · Style · Sweatshirt 2.0 · Tennessee · Thrifts

Sweatshirt 2.0

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Happy February!

Not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but in Northern California, we FINALLY got some rain! We’ve been in the middle of a terrible drought. Winter is typically our rainy season, but we went over 50 days without any precipitation. But today was glorious! Not only was it Super Bowl Sunday, which always feels like a relaxing, cozy day, but we had gray skies and rain – my favorite!

The weather made it seem like the perfect day to start on a bunch of projects I’ve been planning. I’ve thrifted some sweatshirts in great shape lately, and I’ve had some ideas about how to improve on them. (But really, sometimes sweatshirts are great just as they are, in all their warm and cozy glory.)

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So we’ll call this little series of projects Sweatshirt 2.0 – improving on a pretty good original.

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Green is my favorite color, especially this shade of Kelly green. When I found this one, I already had the idea of turning a sweatshirt into a skirt, but I was looking for something in mustard yellow. (Still haven’t found one – I’m not giving up yet.) I decided to make this one my practice run for the someday mustard yellow one.

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The first thing I did was cut off the arms.

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Then I cut the shirt apart across the shoulders so I could use the existing waistband as the waistband for the skirt – just upside down.

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I tried it on inside out and pinned the waist and hips to fit.

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I marked where the seams should go, drawing a straight line from the widest part (hips) to the bottom (what used to be the shoulders) of the shirt. I pinned and sewed along this line.

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I tried the skirt back on and marked the hem. I wanted to leave the edge raw so I didn’t add any seam allowance – where I cut is where it will fall. I used a ruler and rotary blade to cut the edge.

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I used scissors and trimmed the fabric 1/2 inch from the seams.

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With the skirt still wrong-side out, I used a zigzag stitch to sew the seam open and flat against the skirt.

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Here’s how it looks right-side out.

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At this point, it was right before Super Bowl kick-off, and husband wanted to go out for a run. (I’m not a runner, but apparently running in the rain is the best. Go figure.) BG was napping, so I recruited BB to come help me take photos outside. I said, “Wait, I want to check the skirt in the mirror one last time before we head out. ” BB said, “Or you could just look down.” So true. Love his practicality.

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Part of our backyard conversation:

BB: It’s really cold out here.

Me: I know. You’re probably extra cold because you’re wearing a short sleeved t-shirt. I have on two shirts, so I’m pretty warm.

BB: But I bet your scars are cold. (I tore both ACLs when I was in high school, so I’ve got some decent scars on both knees as a result.)

Me: Why? Do they look purple?

BB: No. It’s the only part of your legs that aren’t covered.

Of course. So literal and straight-forward. I love that boy.

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I wore this skirt the rest of the day, it is so comfortable. However, it doesn’t appear to be lucky as it was a sad day for the Broncos. Must remember to only wear it on winter days with no important football games being played. Thank goodness it doesn’t really work well Tennessee orange. We need as much luck as we can get!