MAKING MITTINS, POSH HOOD, DOG COAT
and SLIPPERS OUT OF A SINGLE OLD SWEATER
Here's an idea. RECYCLE GOOD WOOL OR CASHMERE! One of my favorite SWEATERs, a Christian Dior, wool pullover, long sleeves, somehow crawled into the washer on its own and shrunk to the size that would fit a miniature poodle. Which I don't own. What a bummer to see a costly sweater thickened up (that is what FELT is made of,) so that even a child wouldn't wear it except a starving, poor midget in Siberia!
Assisted by a poster on a frugal list, the idea struck that I could turn it into something else. I stuck my hand UP into the arm piece letting wrist bands cup my wrist. Wiggling my fingers up inside the sleeve. Tips of my fingers were almost to the elbow of the sweater. Mind you, my hand was inside the sleeve. So I realized I had a mitten on. (GLOVE with no fingers separate) I then CUT across arm WITH SCISSORS. Whipstitched each arm into a mitten.
Now you still have the cap sleeves. Stick your FEET up into the upper sleeve so that your toes just reach in, fitting fabric so toes reach toward the neck. I could have cut it that way and made a mukluk or house slipper But I found that if I entered the OTHER way, so that toes went down the side of body into waistline area, it fit the natural BEND of the foot. The foot followed the bend of the armpit and that was much better, toe tips were down near breast bone. Then we PIN the sweater around our foot on both sides. I did it so that the bulky seam would not be UNDER my foot where it might be uncomfortable. I made seam on side. Do this on both upper arms with both feet. You are creating an all-yarn mukluk with the yarn edges closed on themselves OR you could devise a leather or (?) sole being inserted. I did not have free leather. If I did, dental floss, used, would have been the best sewing medium. Stuff is made if iron. .
I tried to take my huarache (dog chewed its pair) and separate the two soles, It was too difficult. I liked idea of ultra suede, fake suede leather, although a fine woman's purse would work also. Ultrasuede is not waterproof. Walking in garden later would be impossible. Most purses are made of water proof material. I had no extra ones but we should not throw away unstylish, raggedy leather purses. Stash the leather sides in a sewing basket.
But if you've followed me, now, on the ultrasuede or purse leather you've outlined the shape of your foot in sewing pins. Don't cut it yet. Without cutting the shoe or mukluk part OUT of the sweater yet, take this sweater with its two short arms, put it OVER your head. It's going to be a hood with a circle cut out for an opening for your face. REMEMBER HOW COLD WINTER is, and how no YARN BEANIE is warm enough? We are going to make industrial warm hood. Pull sweater down so the waistline of the sweater is around your collarbone. Set the fabric against your face. FEELING your way, pin a 'hat and neck' shape, even if your face is covered. Have someone mark your face hole with pins.
Pin or draw a line around Top of forehead, sides of face, bottom of chin. Remove sweater. Study what you've got. Decisions here. If you cut out the two mukluks off the side, can you still have a hood? With an adult sweater, even shrunk, you usually can. But I don't know about YOUR shrunk sweater it might be way to small, but for mine, being ORIGINALLY adult sized, it worked.
When you've got the two mukluks off, get some leather, suede or that new phony suede, interline your new home footware it with something plush, acrylic fur, terry cloth or phony animal fur, whipstitch it to the sole. BIND. Use leather ties or shoelaces to tighten mukluk on the foot, wrapping eskimo style, twice around ankle.
ANOTHER OPTION, instead of hood for a human, what's left is just right for a dog coat. A medium small dog. Put it on Fido, inside out. Pin and whipstitch.
If you cut carefully, you will have THREE articles of clothing, all pure, thick wool, for free (if you just take the 75$ that the damn Sweater cost in the first place out of your MIND) you can be real happy about it all and face WINTER with a big frugal smile. After all, last cashmere beanie I saw at Bonwit's was 175$
Odd Fabric choice, but cozy!
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