Restyle Sweater Sleeves into Leg Warmerscomments (12) January 9th, 2014
I have always been a fan of leg warmers since I first saw Jennifer Beals strutting her stuff in the infamous "Maniac" scene in Flashdance. Guess what? Leg warmers are back with a vengeance. From the runway to mall merchants, leg warmers have been popping up in a variety of sexy yet practical styles. Etsy.com has tons available for sale and you can find patterns in the latest knitting mags including the high-fashion European Verena and online pattern resource Knitty.
A trip to a mega Goodwill in Dallas recently yielded two huge bags of thrift store crafty goodness. I slipped the sweater sleeves over my calves to check the fit and baffled the other shoppers with the sleeves encasing my legs and the rest of the sweater dragging along in the wake searching for a mirror. Ahh, what we have to do to satisfy our creative brilliance!
Needless to say I found a couple of sweaters perfect for leg warmer fashion. As I was searching through racks of sweaters, I was on the lookout for an interesting pattern and color. The sleeves needed to be snug, soft, and machine washable. I was also looking for a sleeve that could be disconnected from the body without having to cut, thus avoiding the unraveling issue. You should look for a sweater that is stitched together with thread or yarn; if the edges are serged together, the sweater will unravel. A clean amputation from the body allows you to use the rest of the sweater without destroying it.
- Sweater to suit your size, style, and material preference
- Stitch ripper
- Small, sharp scissors
- Sewing machine
Step by Step
Turn the sweater inside out and cut the thread that attaches the sleeve to the body.
If the sweater has set-in sleeves, the top of the sleeve will be uneven and will taper to the armhole. If you are able, you may wish to unravel it to create an even top or cut with your scissors.
If you were able to unravel it, pick up the stitches on small circular needles or DPNs and bind off the edge. If you had to cut it, secure the raw edge on your sewing machine with a zigzag stitch.
I have made these two long pairs so far, but there are a couple more to be finished next week. They look great with a short or long skirt over tights or in warmer climes with bare legs. What do you think about a pair of chenille leg warmers to wear with a fuzzy robe? What will you make and how will you wear them? How about baby, kid, and dog versions?
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