Friday, August 28, 2009

Finally

It seems like I've been harping on about this woollen jumper forever.... until lastnight, when I finally tired of it sitting on my craft bench and mocking me while I sewed!

The photo above is the style that I was aiming for. All I did was to cut it down the centre front panel, and then hack the arms off with a pair of scissors.

I really liked the look of the short sleeve cardi. I didn't like the fact that the arm holes were actually cutting off my circulation. I have my hands on my hips in the photo because the arm holes were so tight that I physically couldn't put my arms by my side.

Luckily for this project (unluckily for when I actually try to buy clothes), I have really narrow shoulders which are quite out of proportion to the rest of my body. My shoulders are actually the perfect size for my poor little shrunken jumper.

I kept hacking at the arm holes trying to fix the problem, but it seems that the arm holes had other ideas, so I hacked off the arms entirely...

.....and ended up with this.

At least it's a beginning - I'm looking forward to trying out some felted refashioning projects after looking at even more inspiration this week here and here.





44 comments:

Tammy James said...

That looks great!! Seriously you could also wear over spag strap/singlet more petite type summer clothing ... I love it

Swirlyarts said...

It looks great! I normally chop up old jumpers to make softies with but I'm gonna keep a few now!

Sarah-Jo said...

LOVE this, the colour is fabulous and you look gorgeous in it!!!

Lady Bug Cat said...

Wow, it looks fantastic! I want one!

dillpickle said...

It's very cute :-) I'm amazed at how something so funky can result from so much chopping! I'm very impressed by all the brave refashioning going about at the moment.

Tinniegirl said...

Love it Cam. It Iooks really stylish.

How cool is it that I'm writing this from my new phone on the bus to work.

Pip Lincolne said...

I really like it Cam!
It's a cute shrug!
I would totally wear that. Awesome job.
x

angelique said...

I like the vest look very much and that colour is sooooo cute. Good work my dear!

Gina said...

It's gorgeous. It's perfect! I'm green and shrivelled with envy :-)
And boy does your new brooch look spiffing next to it.

PS glad to see you put your prices up. feeling vaguely guilty that I got in before the hike!

Gina said...

PPS I can't get to the next market but I'm putting an order in for a brooch just like the one you're wearing.

Heather said...

It turned out super cute!! Great job!

Sandrine said...

Wow just gorgeous!I like it even more sleeveless, great job Cam!I agree your brooch is the perfect finish too ;)

Tania said...

Yay for narrow shoulders and felted jumpers that shrink to precisely fit - eventually! It looks great, crafty lady...

m.e (Cathie) said...

how funny that you can even make a shrunken jumper end up looking fantastic! gorgeous :)

Maureen said...

Looks good. (but a bit strange as I have the a/c on to look at this...)

willywagtail said...

Looks great even so and is one more job done. It might be too small for you but I am sure you can sell it. Could you let me know what it is made of. I would love to try felting but after my complete failure last time I am scared to waste my money even on wool least it not work. Cherrie

Nikki Cardigan said...

It's all about perserverance! It would have been easy to get disheartened after the "big shrink" but what you've done is awesome!

Lisa T said...

I really like it. It looks better without the sleeves. You are very clever!

Kelly O. said...

okay--this remodel of a shrunken sweater could have just started a felting revolution! Seriously cute!

chococatania said...

I think that it looks great. I love the color, the brooch, and how you paired it with the dark eggplant-purply shirt. I love jewel-tones lately.

Have fun doing some more felted projects. I can't wait to see them.

Holly said...

Oh that is gorgeous! I want to make one of my own now!

Holly xx

PaisleyJade said...

That looks amazing - and you look wonderful! What a great idea!

Elizabeth said...

i'm liking the cropped vest look.

and the color is fabulous! it will be fun to see what else you come up with. :)

Leonie Guld said...

Its super cute!!! Congratulations!!

Kuka said...

oooh gorgeous colours!
I like the no arms look better than the first one anyway!

Cute as Buttons said...

I think you've done a stand up job. It looks great and is nicely set off by the brooch. You're a clever girl. Lisa.

Linda said...

I love it Cam, it looks great on and it looks even better with the circulation cutting sleeves off!!! lovely colour

Ulla said...

The sleeveles version even makes your shoulders look a little broarder. Those coours go well together! For the felting, even 60 degrees can be enough, and detergent is good.
Narrow shoulders can be a problem, especially when they were not delivered with thin arms.

bubbachenille said...

Too cute Cam....

Jennifer Rose said...

that turned out great. the colours go really well together.

Michelle said...

Oh Gorgeous...
The best colour...and just a fantastic idea...
Look so nice on you!!!
Soooo trendi...

Selina said...

I agree with the first comment, easy to wear in spring too. You've done well with patience and cutting!

Miss Muggins said...

Looks fab. Love the colour combo and the brooch too. Wear it with pride!

Robyn said...

It's a lovely colour on you - and the brooch looks great too.

dearmolly said...

great colour on you and I really like the way it's turned out. it's times when others would have given up that you keep looking for an alternative, and voila! new vest.

Love it Cam!

Bek said...

I lurve it! I think it is very cute and would look good with anything. Awesome!

Loz and Dinny said...

ooo - I love this one! The colour is gorgeous and it is so cute - think I might have to give this felting a go-ski!

sewjourn said...

Jumper looks great - so does the brooch!

JasperBoy said...

I hope you'll be wearing this to Made n Thornbury.

Jen in Melbourne

Cindy said...

It may not of been exactly as you planned, but it looks rerally good, especially the colour

Stacy said...

Oh, I think it looks cute! Good job. And, love the color on you.

Juddie said...

So cute! I've been a jumper-felting addict for a while now but haven't really kept any for myself. I doubt that anything would fit me after being felted (you know that I'm not exactly petite!), but this is a great look for you :-)

handmaiden said...

Cam, great job, its like a cardi vest now.....love that colour.

Rach said...

Ms Pops - I love it! Well done, clever cloggs.