I love a felted wool jumper! When I’m on a jumper gathering mission, and a shrunken jumper turns up, it means another sweatercoat could be in the making. I find my shrunken jumpers in the rag bags destined for waste by the charity shops in my home town of Hexham, and rescue them for upcycling. You see, a good, strong jumper can form the bodice and starting point of my sweatercoats, and are a very welcome find indeed. The other week these two rather boring felted jumpers showed up, and I’d like to show you what I did with them in this week’s blog.
After giving them a good wash to check for further shrinkage and to get rid of the eau de charity shop that sometimes pervades, the first task is to place them on a suitably sized mannequin to see where the waist lies. I then take my scissors to them, chopping off at the waist, round the neckline and down the middle. The finished size of the sweatercoat is determined by what size the shrunken jumper is. It’s all very serendipitous!
I also need to then decide what other jumpers are going to be put with them.
I found this stripy scarf and thought I’d upcycle it into a waistband, and let it dictate what other colours were to be in the coat. I’ve got a workshop full of shelves of recycled woollies, and was able to pick navy, brown and turquoise blue jumpers to add. The tie belt is a nice addition which helps to cinch in the waist.
Sometimes the hardest dilemma is which colour thread to use. I like my seams on the outside for added texture and contrast, and in this instance I used a very light brown, beige thread which seamed to contrast well with the blues, and especially the navy wool.
The full swirly skirt is made by cutting triangular shapes from the sleeves and the hem and hood are made from strips cut from the main body of my recycled jumpers. So, this is what I did with the first boring blue jumper on the left.
As the resulting sweatercoat was fairly small , I had to enlist the help of my daughter Hannah to model it! Thanks Hannah 🙂
The process was exactly the same for the other jumper, a larger size, but I decided to stick with all dark blue jumpers and use a contrasting jade thread with these.
So, there you have it, two boring blue jumpers, destined for waste by the charity shops as they had shrunk, given a new lease of life by upcycling them into wool coats. Ecofashion at its best!
Thanks for reading. See you next week 🙂