A few years ago a friend of mine asked me to do some alterations for her. She teaches ballet to students at our local university, and they bought her a hooded sweatshirt and a black tshirt with ballet decals. She appreciated the thought, but not the style! She wanted to know if I could alter them so the hoodie opened down the front, and do something with the t-shirt. You can read the post I did here.
I started with the hoodie, cutting the front open and inserting a seperating zipper. The join to the hood was a bit lumpy on one side, as it had originally overlapped so was bigger than the other side and I had to squash it to make it fit. I cut some daisies off some trim I had and used them to disguise the joins!
Here it is finished, converted from a hooded sweatshirt to a zipped jacket with a hood.
Next was the t-shirt which was XL, very square and unflattering. As it had the ballet logo on the front I couldn't cut it open like I had the hoodie. So I decided to turn it around so that the logo was on the back!
Then I changed it into a waistcoat, and added pockets made from the sleeves and an old blue t-shirt for the lining. I stitched them on leaving the edges showing like blue binding.
Here it is from the back, a casual fit with handy pockets and the logo. She liked the new look and was pleased she could make use of it now, and her students approved!
So I decided to try a conversion for myself. I wanted a fleece cardigan and there don't appear to be any in the shops, so when I came across ths striped hoodie in a charity shop I decided to experiment. I cut off the hood and the facing and unpicked the short neck zipper, then opened it up down the front.
I turned it to the inside and hand stitched it down as a Mock Bind (Sew U Home Stretch Page 85). It does the job and was a very cheap way to grab a fleece cardigan. I think another time I would cut the neckline straighter.
I am going to try in this jersey print from Minerva Crafts, because it looks like a real knit and I like the colours.