Thursday, 27 April 2017

97: upcycled pyjama top into cold shoulder sweater

On my recent shopping trip to find new ideas I realised there were lots of cold shoulder tops. A design that was most prevalent was one where the top has long sleeves and a strap on one side only so I decided to use a mans pyjama top which I had stashed because my other half hated it and the fabric was a nice black, grey and purple stripe which I was sure would come in useful.
Unfortunately I never took a photo before I started hacking so I put the bits back together so hopefully you get an idea of what I did for this top. Its really very simple. I just cut at a diagonal across the neckline leaving one shoulder intact but lowering and slightly shaping for the other. Then use the cut out bit to make a matching strap.

Hopefully you should be able to see where I chopped the neck to make this.

This is the neck once cut. You can see its higher one side to the other.

This shows how the bits were cut out.

I used the extra bit from the neck for the shoulder strap.

Since its still pretty cold I wore it over my mesh top made here:

Its the same self-drafed pattern as this one here:

and also my most recent version of this here:

In fact I seem to like wearing this type of top so maybe I should make a few more. they are so simple but you can get away with them even for work depending on how they are styled.Anyway not so sure about this neck really.

If you zoom into this photo you should be able to see that I overlocked the neck edge to make it neat and then twin needle stitched round the edge about a cm in from the overlocking to keep it in shape because I did not have enough extra fabric that matches to make a ribbed type of neckline but I suspect it may work better it had a band round the neck like a Tshirt so depending on what happens I may yet add this.

I have worn this a lot in the last few days so despite being a bit "home-made" I have found it very wearable. I may have to make a new version with a slightly higher back next rather than just upcycling an old (unworn) top.
Thanks for reading, hopefully see you again soon

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