The Un-Cosby Sweatercomments (1) October 23rd, 2008 in gallery
This is the story of an epic garment refashioning. It started a week ago when I was at Goodwill looking for neckties to use for a different project. I decided to look through the sweaters and this one practically jumped out at me. It is a practically new, chunky knit, black cotton sweater, with neon rainbow threads running through it. But this is where the good qualities stop. It was hardly worn because it is a total Cosby Sweater. Large and shapeless, the kind that makes anyone and everyone look old and more than a little overweight. I bought it anyway, in hopes of turning it into a cute and wearable sweater.
A few days later I found a great tutorial about making a drape-necked shirt from a thrift store muumuu. I was so eager to try the pattern, but I didn't have any muumuus lying around and wouldn't be going to the thrift store again for a while. At the same time I was struggling to figure out what to do with this sweater. Turn it into a cardigan? Cut it down to a better sweater? Wear it as a dress? And then it hit me. Make a draped-neck sweater.
So I cut out the pieces according to the online tutorial, found some coordinating fabric from my stash of fat quarters, and voila! It didn't quite turn into a drape-necked top (the knit fabric is way to heavy for that to work) but it is still way more attractive than the original.
Pattern or design used: Draped-neck Top