Posts Tagged ‘swapped’

Sewing: Granny Sweater


My dermatologist says I need to wear long sleeves more often. And by more often, he means all the time. That’s right. A little nuts perhaps? Maybe. But if it can make my skin look awesome when I’m 40, I’m going to give it a try.

Over the last 6 or 7 years, I’ve started taking better care of my skin. I should’ve started doing it 13 years ago before I went tanning in a tanning booth for the first time, but late is better than never. I’ve really come to embrace the pasty skin I was born with.


With that in mind, I’ve been on the look out for fun light-weight sweater knits. I found this funky grandma-esque sweater knit (similar here) and knew I wanted to make something with some serious length in the back. Last night as I got started, I thought I should really make a test muslin first but the part of me that was looking for instant gratification won out. I had to make it now, I could alter the fit later.


I used an old sweater of mine as the “base”, and sort of winged the details. Miracle of miracles, the sleeves were perfect as was my pattern matching. This project couldn’t have gone any smoother. Really.

I also wanted it to be loose, but still have some shape to it, so I sewed a leather “belt” of sorts on the back. I think it’s a nice detail.


The odd thing about this fabric was that the most stretch occured opposite of what you would assume. I liked the horizontal chevron more than a vertical zig zag, so I just ignored where the stretch went. It’s a slight issue at the sleeves, as I wanted a tighter fit, on the arms, but not that noticeable.


Originally I had front hemline at a point with the high-low, but it looked funny, so I rounded off the bottoms. I think it drapes better this way. I also wish the colors in here were less subdued, but they’re still lovely. I love the coral in there. And browns look pretty good on me. I think. Now that I have a pattern I know that works, I really want to make more of these. Making this cardigan (drafting the pattern, included) was just over 3 hours. I’m sure I could whip one up much faster now.


Outfit details:


Sweater knit provided by Fashion Fabrics Club.


Sewing: High Low Floral Skirt


I’ve had a pattern drafted for this skirt for some time. It’s sort of modeled after a thrifted skirt I scored and refashioned a while back. I like sewing things that don’t require buttons or zippers, so when I took a look at the construction of that skirt, I thought it’d be perfect for duplicating.

I’ve had this floral print rayon in my stash for some time. I bought it at Yellow Bird Fabrics in Salt Lake (they have the best fashion fabric I’ve seen in Utah). I think it was something in the range of $8 a yard. The fabric is light-weight and very drapey with a bounce like a linen. It was incredibly easy to work with and the print is perfect for fall, winter or spring! 

I used quite a bit of yardage in the back for a flowy look while walking, and this fabric flows so beautifully. Chris says it’s a great twirly skirt. Maybe that’s because I came running into the bedroom at midnight screaming at him to look at my skirt while I spun around the room a million times. I like to do that when I finish a project.

Can you see the pleats in the front? They’re a nice, albeit subtle detail to the front.

I really like my new skirt. I’m thinking I’ll be digitizing the pattern, it would work well for sizes small through large, because of the free elastic waist in the back. I’ll let you know if I get around to it. Oh, and this skirt took me just over 2 hours to make. And that’s with some really fancy rolled hem finishings. I’d say that was a win.

Outfit Details:

  • earrings: thrifted
  • top: J. Crew, swapped
  • bracelet: c/o U Blume
  • skirt: handmade
  • shoes: c/o Blowfish*

*I really don’t wear these shoes every day. Just almost everyday.

Fish Scale Sequins


I found this top at a clothing swap months ago & wore it for the first time today. I like how it looks, but not how it sounds. It makes a plasticky rustling noise as I move.

  • necklace: gift c/o Cambria Cove BlogHer ’10
  • cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft, gift from mom
  • tank: Forever 21, swapped
  • skinnies: Forever 21, $15
  • shoes: MisC, $23

TOTAL: $38

100% Thrifted


  • top: thrifted Wrangler, $4
  • belt: thrifted, $2
  • skirt: thrifted, $4
  • shoes: swapped (but previously thrifted)

TOTAL: $10

Updated Cardigan & Lunching it


I altered this sweater before going out to lunch with my sisters & parents. We went to Vinto – an amazing (and fairly cheap) Italian restaurant. LOVED it.

TOTAL: $44


mobile site