Goodwill Goodness

December 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm (Sewing)

So the other day, I posted about a wool sweater turned mitten/hat set that I made as a prototype. Today, I am proud to show off the “real” set!

I bought this wonderfully tacky, 100% wool sweater
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I fell in love with its cute little reindeer
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And pretty stars
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And the price! (Blue was half off that week!)
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I stuck it in everybodys load of laundry for a week until it had sufficiently shrunk. (Why is it that if I had a wool sweater that I didn’t want to shrink, it would shrink in one shot, yet this one took 6 washings to shrink?)
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Next I made a pattern. The mitten was made by tracing my hand and adding a half an inch seam allowance, and the hat was made by taking my head circumfrence, dividing it by 5 (the amount of panels I wanted), and trimming it to make a point.

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Pinning and cutting out…
I laid the mittens out on the sleeve so that I could use the ribbing as the cuff on the mitten.
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After an hour or so of sewing, plus adding in some fleece lining for itch protection and added warmth, I was ready to show them off!
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Artsy-fartsy shot of the mitten in the tree:
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Full set
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Just the mittens (which are sooooo warm!)
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And the lining on the hat:
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I’m off to Goodwill in a little while to look for more sweaters!

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1 Comment

  1. 25 Years of Gingerbread Houses « Daner Designs said,

    […] And here’s what I looked like in 1986 (and we still have, and display that snowman!) Wish I could say the same for that sweater—wouldn’t it make great felted mittens? […]

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