For me, the most satisfying sewing projects are the ones that *magically* work out without a firmly pre-planned garment. If I don’t have any expectations, and if it ends up working out AND being awesome, I’m completely thrilled and proud of myself!
I scored this XL 80%cotton/20%polyester “Free People” hoody at Value Village a few months ago- the original $70 price tag was still on, unworn, and I only paid $8.
I had no clear vision for this refashion. Eventually, I decided to make a hood and matching flare leg warmers from the bell sleeves. Here’s how it progressed:
I made my own hood pattern by tracing a hood of a sweater I have. Not the most precise method but hey, it worked out in the end!
Here’s the top of the leg warmer/ previously bell sleeve. I measured the circumference just below my knee- tight enough to keep the leg warmer in place, cut elastic in that size,and sewed the elastic within the seam.
>>Fast forward to all the pieces for the hood sewn together. I double layered the hood, with the fuzzy warm side of the fabric facing on the inside of the hood.
The plain white hoody needed additional detailing and colour. I looked through fabric in my stash, and found purple fun fur and star fabric. I sewed these fabrics together and attached the rectangle to the rim of the hood.
With this colour scheme, suddenly I thought…AHAaaaa….I am going to make a magical unicorn hood!! I cut out three rectangles from the sweater, sewed the seams, and turned it inside out to create the unicorn horn.
I stuffed the horn with batting.
I added some sheer fabric to the bottom of the horn (from lingerie), and sewed this onto the top/front of the hood.
Below was the bottom of the sweater- the random shape I was left with after cutting out fabric for the hood. I cut out star pattern in the same size/shape and sewed these fabrics together, sewed this piece onto the bottom of the hood to create an asymmetrical “shrug” . I used snaps and buttons with fabric loops to secure the shrug at the front.
I bedazzled the base of the horn with gems. Verrrry slowly, one by one, with fabric glue.
And bedazzled the tops of the leg warmers:
Here’s how it turned out:
Closer look at the hood:
The bottom shrug section can be worn like that (above), or like this (below):
Top view>> showing the feather fascinator (clipped on):
This was such a fun creation!
“Where will you wear this?” my colleagues asked me. Ha, does a unicorn really have to explain?
Anytime, anywhere…. 😉
Cleo (Lunar Wear) custom made this amazing galaxy onsie for me a few months ago, go browse her etsy shop here and look at all the amazing things she has made on instagram!