I hope everyone is still rocking along side of my no pants wearing self! Almost officially halfway through the wear-a-thon and I can’t believe all the support I’ve been getting! Making all sorts of awesome clothing this year, not spending a dime on new clothing, upcycling my old pants into new rad things every single month, a phenomenal contest with amazing winners, and we’re just getting started!
This week has been really crazy for me even though it was a “week off” for Love & Trash. I’ve been trying to lay all sorts of groundwork for the things that are coming after No Pants 2011. The sun has been shining all week though so that has kept a great bounce in my step and makes getting things done that much easier!
Speaking of getting things done – I’m done with June and the upcycle challenge was: SWEATER PANTS.
Sweater pants? Yes. Sweater pants.
What in the holy hell is sweater pants? Just what it sounds oh frightened reader. They are wool knit pants. There really isn’t a whole lot right with any of that last sentence, so let’s just move on shall we?
I had so many different ideas with this pair. I was thinking a cute knit skirt… something taking advantage of the nice wool drape maybe. Then I think thinking another dress… banking off the success of last month’s elastic waist pant. Maybe I’ll make another accessory. Maybe some cute leg warmers? Summer is coming… then I walked around my work table and I saw the pants from upside down and I saw what I wanted to make. A cute little short sleeve 60s inspired sweater shirt.
So like most things having to do with pants I did an initial cut of the entire leg seam. Freeing up the legs I turned the pants upside down and put it on my dress form.
I placed the waist band of the pants on the dropped waist area of the form. I pinned and gathered until I saw a shape that was pleasing to me and then settled on the shoulder seams. This allowed the side seam of the pants to be the guide area for where I would put my armhole seam.
Since the knit is so malleable and giving rather than cutting out a formal armhole I just made a ½” slit along the seam line. Once that was settled I lopped off the extra pant leg to solidify my shoulder seam.
I originally thought this was going to be a soft drop shoulder sleeveless shirt. Make it simple and not too fussy. Then when I saw the tossed cropped pant leg was when I started to see things differently.
A lot of what I do with these upcycled creations are not planned. It’s a matter of throwing the pants on the form and seeing what they want to be. When I saw these rough cuts of the legs it instantly made me think of my sleeve blocks. I cut the sleeves out using the binding from the bottom of the leg as the edge of the new sleeve.
For the collar there was a really natural cowl going on but I really didn’t want a structured sleeve and have this totally loosey goosey neckline. I hemmed up the back cowl and with the front decided to fold over the cowl a few times to create a narrowing deep v-neck. I secured the neckline in the shoulder seam and then tacked down the apex of the neckline with a few machine tacks.
In the end I got a great little sweater out of a not so great pair of sweater pants. I can’t wait to rock this in a bunch of different ways!