Monday, August 30, 2010

Upcycled Sweater Coat

A few years ago I was struck by how gorgeous one of my friends sweaters was. It was different shades of pink and is so soft and lovely. I asked her where she got it and she mentioned Portland. I never forgot that sweater. Recently I stumbled upon the designer at the Portland Saturday Market downtown and fell in love all over again.

I did not however fall in love with the price tag. I went home day dreaming about those sweaters and how easy I know they are to make. I decided to take a chance and go dig around at the local Goodwill OUTLET.

Who knew there was such a thing? I had tried to go there once when Grayson was tiny but because it's sifting through bins and rather gross and time consuming I decided it wasn't worth the cheap price per pound.


I ditched the kiddos with Zack and headed off. Luckily (or unluckily...) for me it is less than a mile from our house. I came home with 10-12 sweaters, 2 pair of pants and a scarf all for cutting. 2 pair of pants, 3 shirts all for me to wear. 1 pair of cords a shirt, and a pirate hat for G. a rash guard for J for next summer and a pair of thick knit mittens/fingerless gloves.

Grand total $20.

Yes, 2-0.

I am a thrill of the hunt girl. :) It makes me happy to find something and either turn it into something else better (upcycle) or that can be used that wasn't previously.

This is what I came up with. It's all shades of gray. It's my new brown (which replaced black). I love gray. In the front are two spots of light pink angora. mmmm. yum. Angora!

Still have to add the buttons and surge that other sleeve I just realized I forgot. :) But I love it and if it's in every photo on here from now on you know why! (these pics are HORRIBLE! I need a new camera- stupid iphone)
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Corie said...

You amaze me!

Kinda Like a Chef said...

LOVE it!! I want one! Greens and browns, please! LOL.

Anonymous said...

That's a great job! I watch for them on ETSY all of the time. Th really beautiful ones are upwards of 200.00. I'm very creative and I know I could make one but I don't have a serger. You did a wonderful job.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I see them on and I fell in love! I truly want to learn how to make one. How do you do it?