Refashion self-challenge: Moth-eaten sweater

I am snowed in today, so instead of my usual OOTD post, I thought I'd offer up something a little different. One of my goals for 2014 was to make a dent in my knitting works-in-progress/mending pile.Well, after seeing about 9 billion things on Pinterest about making an infinity scarf out of a sweater last weekend, I decided to tackle one of the items in my rag bag with what may be the easiest "sewing" project of all time.

This was one of my favorite sweaters of all time, an orange cashmere short-sleeved pullover with an asymmetrical neckline that my husband gave me for Christmas years ago. My camera hates bright colors, but trust me when I say it is the most perfect shade of orange in the universe. So I was heartbroken when it got destroyed.

It wound up getting shoved in the bottom of my closet for at least a year in my "take to the dry cleaners some day" pile. (As I've said before: I'm not proud, but I am honest.) When I unearthed it several months ago, this was what I found:

It was so badly damaged that I didn't have a lot left to work with, but dammit, it's cashmere. I'm not wasting an inch. So I started cutting.

I seriously can't believe people post "tutorials" about how to do this. Well, bang, here's your tutorial. You cut the sweater in half below the sleeves. You're welcome. The result is, well, about what you'd expect: a tube of knit fabric. Here's how it looked as an infinity scarf:

Pay no attention to the pile of toddler coats hanging on the banister behind me.
OK, so it's a little raggedy on the edges. But I'm pretty sure I can make it work. But I didn't stop there! I still had some decent-sized scraps of fabric left over, so I decided to fashion them into a turban-style headband. Here is where there would be some process photos, and close-ups of the Frankenstein stitches I used to piece the whole thing together, but my camera decided to crap out on me again, so all you get is a look at the finished product.

I am surprisingly happy with this headband. I have used headscarves before to fashion turbans, but it is really nice having something stretchy to stuff all my wild, unruly hair into. I am totally going to make more of these (what a great way to use up yarn scraps).

The infinity scarf, I'm a bit meh about - it's kind of too lightweight to sit properly on my neck, but it's too short to be doubled over. I might try shortening it up and see if I like that better.

Overall, I give this project a B+ - I honestly did not know if I would be able to salvage anything out of this sweater, and I came up with two separate accessories that I will definitely get some use out of. Now I have to figure out what to do with the foot or so of thick wool I cut off my gray pinafore dress. Any suggestions? It's so heavy, it's almost like felt. For some reason I keep thinking that I want to sew a clutch ...

Anyway, the infinity scarf is one of my challenge objects for this week, so stay tuned to see if I actually work up the nerve to wear it out in public.


  1. what a cool idea to save a sweater you love! I like the look of the headband, especially. thanks for coming by my blog!!

    ♥ perfectly PRIYA


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