See that there outfit - the fingerless gloves and vest? They used to be a horrid men's turtleneck jumper. Some maltreatment in the washing machine, and a bit of impromptu slashing, sewing and tweaking later, and we now have a quirky little ensemble.
OK, before I go any further, I must acknowledge that this refashion was greatly inspired by the (far funkier) work of Mim, a talented and original textile artist who is part of the Olive Grove Studios retail co-op in Brunswick, VIC. Check out THIS gorgeous piece. Miriam, I do hope you're flattered by my 'MIMic'.
So anyway, back to the turtleneck. It was a thrifted top, and I'd bought it to experiment with 'fulling' and refashioning. After putting it through the wash a few times, I realised it had shrunk beyond usefulness for a person of my voluptuousness. So I hauled in my teeny, tiny friend and neighbour Sonia (I call her 'pocket Sonia') to be a part of my refashioning experiment.
Here's a short description of what went on:
Arms hacked off, taken in and converted to fingerless gloves (complete with the 'L' and 'R' scrabble tile brooches for the directionally challenged):
Body converted into a collared vest by making an off-centre cut from top to bottom. Front completed with a spare piece of felt concealing a hook-and-eye closure.
The back needed to be narrowed and shaped a fair bit, so during the ad-breaks of Masterchef on Sunday night I sewed a series of reverse darts/tucks (no idea of technical name here!) at random. I liked the asymmetrical vibe (and the lack of measuring and precision required). I just kept going, fitting to Sonia occasionally, until it narrowed enough and draped nicely. It still needed a bit of shape so another piece of spare felt was attached to cinch in the waist.
Gina - it kicks butt! I am so in love with it. It's absolutely gorgeous!! The pleats down the back look amazing and so cool. The hook and eye closure, the scrabble piece, every thing. well done!ReplyDelete
Ummmm... anytime you're looking for more pocket-sized recipients of refashioned masterpieces, I'll happily oblige!!ReplyDelete
Love ya work!
Oh my goodness! Look at those back tuck thingummies! Well done!ReplyDelete
WOW WOW WOW.... I keep looking at it and I don't know how to put into words how AMAZING you are. Gina - this is AWESOME. WOW... I want one!ReplyDelete
That is fabulous. So inspired and arty. I tried something like that once (or twice)... I clearly don't have your knack!ReplyDelete
oooh that is GORGEOUS!! I love all the little details you've put into it. I especially love the reverse darts you put in there!! How cool!ReplyDelete
Oh WOW! Gina, that is superb. The reverse darts are sublime, and the tab details look fantastic. Oh how I wish I could come up with something like that! Love it!ReplyDelete
I LOVE it! Can't wait for fall to pull out my bag of thrifted sweaters and get started!!ReplyDelete
Mate. Maaaaate. (got that Aussie accent going?). I, like everyone else, am beside myself with Pocket Sonia jealousy. It is GORGEOUS, especially the back. Don't you DARE stop there.ReplyDelete
Gina, I love the things you are doing. You are so creative, this is wonderful! I haven't tried the refashioning clothing yet, but I'm definately inspired now..ReplyDelete
The ensemble looks terrific!
Thanks for sharing
This is great! I thought it looked good from the front, and then pocket Sonia turned around. Great pleaty darty things!ReplyDelete
Love the 'MIMic' and yes am flattered! it is absolutely gorgeous !!!!! I want one! xxReplyDelete
Hi Gina, it looks wonderful. You have inspired me to get on with my refashioning projects!ReplyDelete
gina, its amazing and the back darts are fabReplyDelete
Wow that is amazing! It's so much nicer to have a one-off recycled fashion piece than something just off the rack.ReplyDelete
It's fabulous Gina! Love the back especially, you clever thing you!ReplyDelete
I love it! Brilliant, the back is stunning!ReplyDelete
OMG OMG this is just fabulous!! I love it you must be so proud of yourself, it's awesome it really isReplyDelete
Oh wow!!! You are amazing!!! This is just so fantastic - well done! Loving the gathered part at the back especially. :))) KReplyDelete
pocket Sonia is feeling pretty lucky...awesome work!ReplyDelete
thats mazing :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! You are so very very clever!ReplyDelete
SO Love it all, so much detail, espesh the back! Im hanging to get some of those fingerless gloves, I want to try and convert a pair of socks.ReplyDelete
yay! that is so fabulous. well done you. i too saw mim's fab re-fashioning work, but i would never have been brave enough to give it a try.ReplyDelete
I, like the others before it, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! You have totally inspired me - although I'm not sure that my 'creations' will look as good as this one. I'm over to Mim's to have a look now. Can't wait to see more. xReplyDelete
wow that is the co0olest thing i have seen in ages, can't believe you made it nice work! I am loving the whole upcycling thing too at the moment! Thanks for being such a great supporter of my blog by the way :-)ReplyDelete
That is so freaking cool!ReplyDelete
Hi, this is awesome. What a cracking idea. I have often bought wool jumpers and felted them for other projects but this..... AWESOME, I will be heading to my local "oppy" or Savers very soon.. Thanks. PetaxoReplyDelete
What an awesome re-frashion! I've never been bold enough to do something like that, but you may have just inspired me (It will still take a lot more thought though! I have a wool top that's shrunk in the wash that I've been eyeing up). Wow.ReplyDelete
far out this is just beautiful as well as completely genius! Have found you via Tania (Myrtle and Eunice) and boy, am I glad I have! Really REALLY clever and just plain excellent :)ReplyDelete
The back. The back!! I LOVE the back. Oh and I also love the front. Wow. I'll never look at an ugly oppy jumper the same every again.ReplyDelete
Gina, Just catching up on some blog reading.....this is amazing, very inspiring. Looking forward to your next re-fashion!ReplyDelete
It is fabulous! I'm off to put a sweater in the hot wash right NOW! I'm also going to mention this on Wardrobe Refashion :)ReplyDelete
This is very cute, especially the back. Great job.ReplyDelete
WOW!!! I absolutely love it. I've got a burnt orange wool sweater to felt and now I know what I'm going to do with it. GOOD JOB!!ReplyDelete
Great project! Inspiring work- thanks for sharing. I have a few lightweight knit sweaters I'm planning on recycling at the moment, but mostly because they have already been shrunk too small for me, so I'll have to remember this for future reference!ReplyDelete
this is stunning!ReplyDelete
Love this. I'm adding it to my list to try. If only there were more hours in the day!ReplyDelete
Better late than never... That is absolutely SENSATIONAL Gina. Very professional and stylish.ReplyDelete
Amazing !!!! You truly are creative and a fashionista !!!!! You have inspired me !!ReplyDelete