A pleating affair

What I also like about upcycling is, that sometimes we only need to change a tiny detail to get a very different result. Today’s refashion is part of this category, unspectacular but effective. It took me a couple of hours to figure it out but it added years to my sweater lifetime.

The original product is a wide sweater, in pleated knit, found in a flea market. I use to wear it with a wide belt at the waist. Its construction is very simple, with kimono sleeves and an elastic neckline.

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I decided to cut one of the side seams. I said “cut” because undo a serged knit is impossible to me.

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I turned the sweater at 90° so that the center back and front become the sides of the future garment.

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I assembled the neckline 7 cm from each side, leaving a small opening for inserting a strap leatherette. Given the thickness to assemble, I preferred all hand sewing.

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In the end, I got a cape whose front and back are the former sleeves of the sweater.

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Here is the cloak gracefully worn by the author of these lines.

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As you might notice, the cowl neck is actually one of the sleeves of the sweater, the one I did not cut. If I slightly slip the collar to the back, I can make a hood. If only I can meet the Wolf now.

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