Saturday, March 7, 2015

#81: Blue and Black Sweater

Hi guys. I thought of clever ways to start out this post, but none of them worked. So here I am, posting for the first time in 2 months as I lay down with the stomach flu. Ugh.

Over the past 2 months, I've worked on a few projects, and completed a few. But I haven't posted on them either because I haven't finished, the changes seemed too insignificant, or I didn't take pictures.

Whatever the reason, I'm back with a new project today that cost me $2 at a thrift store.

Before: Big Ol' Blue and Black Sweater

Before: From behind

Remind you of a certain dress that broke the internet?

guys please help me - is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out
Nah. Me neither ;) (For a detailed explanaition of why we see this dress differently, see here.)

This was a very large sewater, and it even had shoulder pads (why someone would want to have shoulder pads in a sweater is beyond me).


 The size actually lent well to my plans, as after a few tweaks, this would become a sweater dress!

With only 2 major alterations, I first removed the shoulder pads.

So long shoulder pads!

Next, I took it in by pinning into the sleeves and sides, meeting a few inches above the armpit at the seam.

Pinning process

Then I sewed it closed, cut the excess, and fake-serged the edges (it took me 2 tries to get the fit just right).

And that was really it.

Here again was the original look:

Before: Big Ol' Blue and Black Sweater

And here's the after:

After: Blue and Black Sweater Dress

It was perfect to wear out last weekend when it was crazy raining in SoCal. But now with the super high temps, not so much.

I know I often use belts to accessorize, so here's without the belt:

Without the belt

After: From behind

Speaking of the dress that took over the internet, I recently saw a PSA from the Salvation Army that is using the fame of the dress debate to get out a really important message:

Raise Awareness

I'm glad the Salvation Army has taken the opportunity to raise awareness about abuse toward women (not to discount abuse toward men). It's a staggering problem not only around the world, but also in our very own neighborboods. I hope this furthers conversations that lead to progress!

I'm not sure when I'll be back, but I've got lots of projects in my closet still waiting to be transformed!

Until next time, blessings.