Ever since I made a skirt out of an old sweater, I have been meaning to make another one. I was waiting for just the perfect sweater to come my way when my mom showed up with this extra large beauty...
1 - Cut the sweater just under the arms
2 - Trim a bit off the upper part of the sides, where the sweater starts widening for sleeves.
3 - Create a waist. I used a wide elastic, about 1 3/4" wide, and a piece of stretch jersey about 4 1/2" folded to cover the elastic.
4 - Attach the waist to the skirt using a stretch stitch (no picture) and... Voilà! Skirt!
So, what to do with the arms of the sweater? Leg warmers? Not exactly. the sleeves screamed "Leggings" for my favourite girl!
1 - I used a pair of leggings that more or less fit her (yes, they have holes and she'd still be wearing them if I had not stolen them from the laundry pile).
2 - I used the leggings as a pattern, just making them a little longer. I am lucky the sleeve was just wide enough to accommodate the crotch where it is much wider.
3 - I had to add a separate waist, made of the same jersey as my skirt (would have been too thick anyway), with a narrower elastic inside. There was a lot of sewing and unpicking because I forgot to use a stretch stitch, which I think is essential in a fitted garment like this, and the frustration lead to no pictures being taken of that step.
In the end, it was all worth it:
A matching set - the first - and maybe the last - matching clothes for mom and daughter...
As much as I love her cute little face, I decided not to share pictures of my family in this forum, but I assure you there is a lot of cuteness going on:
So here is the before and after transformation:
From to big sweater to matching skirt and leggings!