I love love love my new serger!
I picked up an only-used-twice-10-year-old serger for 100 bucks a few months ago and I have been busy cutting up and re-purposing old sweaters ever since. I have wanted to make sweaters like this for years but knew I needed a serger to do it.
I had been collecting wool sweaters and saving them for a day I didn’t know would even come.
By happenstance, a friend’s sister told me about a serger that her friend had for sale on Facebook (the power of a small town). I had the money so I thought, “hmmmm, I wasn’t looking for a serger but I have always wanted one……” So I bought it.
It was a good buy. It came with a bunch of thread which was a bonus.
I brought it home and dug into the bag of wool sweaters I had gathered over the years. My first upcycled sweater was done the next day.
I basically de-constructed and reconstructed what Katwise pioneered on Etsy (her sweaters are super popular and sell out fast, I have always wanted one and knew I could make them myself).
I didn’t really use a pattern, except for an arm and body pattern I made out of my own measurements.
I used 3 sweaters that were merino blends. I choose 1 sweater to be my body. I cut the high neck off the sweater.
I cut the side seams of the body and removed the sleeves.
I then cut off the ribbing on the bottom
The sleeves were cut off their bodies and their seams were cut so they laid flat.
I used a paper sleeve pattern I made and cut pieces and strips out of the sweater sleeves.
All the pieces are cut and laid out, ready to be serged together.
I used ribbing at the bottom of the sleeve to give it some shaping and make it hug my wrist.
My sleeve was too short so I had to add another strip to the bottom.
The sleeves are ready.
I then cut out triangle-type shapes for the bottom of the sweater.
These will form a sort-of skirt at the bottom of the sweater.
I sewed the top of the sweater back together so that it would fit me.
A strip for the waist.
The bottom skirt part.
Back view of the finished sweater.
Front view, I love sweaters with pockets and hoods. They seem so hard to find, they either have a hood or pockets but not both.
Comfy sweater and me looking not-that-impressed. (I have a hard time smiling for the camera).
Hoped you enjoyed my post 🙂
Have you ever made a sweater like this? What do you like to sew?