May 08, 2006
Whip up! Classic to Chic
I love recycled things. I find myself facinated with how people can turn a worn collar, make bags out of twist ties and tin toys from license plates. My latest diversion has been buying lambswool sweaters at thrift stores and felting them. In the past I have felted with roving wool but lately my attention has turned to creating a blanket for next winter from strips and squares cut from my ever growing pile of felted sweaters.
Nothing says CLASSIC more to me than a v-necked soft lambswool cardigan. Two beauties were laying on my play (not work!) table shouting, pick me! pick me! The soft spring blue number won out over the black one. I cut off the sleeves, shaved the fuzzies off and made a pair of CHIC spring legwarmers for Daughter #1, age 17 - the one with the passion for ballet since age 4. She has a pair she wears before pointe class, but these are a bit softer and shorter for her regular class. She declined my suggestion of the vintage buttons. Fair enough! Daughter #2 - age 11 - also a dancer - spotted the remaining sweater with cap like sleeves after cutting, and said oh that is cool! So I thought, ok, let's make it CHIC and cut it short like the current craze and the vintage tulip buttons go on that! It was past her bedtime for a photo op by the time I got them sewed on, but you get the picture. She will be cozy in her leotard and CHIC dance sweater in the drafty dance studio. Classic cardigan to Chic dance wear. All in a late night craft session. Cost of the two pieces was just $5 for the sweater at the thrift store and the lovely gift from dear friend Jeanne of the buttons three years ago. We just loved them and were waiting for the perfect item to sew them onto. There it is! Thanks Jeanne!