Guys, I made a sweater from a favorite blanket. Well, it's not really a sweater, per se. It's not a poncho or capelet either. Maybe tunic? I'm not sure what to call it, but it feels similar to wearing a poncho (if you've ever owned one of those or a similar garment), and it's SUPER cozy. I'd like to think this is a more fashionable version of a Snuggie.
So, if anyone has ever wished they could find a way to wear a Snuggie in public, man, we are kindred spirits. And also, this post is for you.
This blanket was a present from my dear friend Holly. You know Holly, she's been teaching us to crochet lately. She's the sweetest. And last year she gifted me this beautiful blanket, and it's been used as a throw blanket at our home since. Until one day I found the dogs had dragged it out the dog door while we were at work. It got quite dirty, and I was afraid it was ruined. I had it dry cleaned, and they were able to get most of the stains out. I just love the colors of this blanket, so I decided to turn it into something wearable instead.
Now, I actually have been working on my sewing skills. We are currently developing a sewing-based e-course (written by Rachel and Katie), and I've been learning a lot as I help them edit, save materials, move things over to our shop site, etc. But since this fabric is a synthetic fleece and doesn't fray, I knew I could easily turn it into something wearable without any sewing skills at all. So, I went for it. Here's what I did.
I have this vintage body form. But, if I didn't, I could have just as easily used myself and a full length mirror. This project was all about draping. Whatever you use, it needs to be something along these lines.
First, I figured out where I wanted the front opening and head area to be. In case you're curious, my blanket was originally about 65" in length.
After every cut, I draped the blanket back onto the form (or sometimes myself) to make sure I was on the right track and things were laying properly.
After draping again, I found that the arms were too long. I had to essentially "roll" the sleeves, which doesn't really work with this kind of garment. So I cut off both edges. This meant I lost the navy blue stripe, but I still had three of the four original colors, so I was OK with that.
The last thing I did was cut two small holes for a belt to loop through. I had grabbed this red belt from my donation pile, and I planned to swap it out with a better one later. But it ended up working so well with the colors that I just kept it—repurpose win!
I like to wear this with the belt looped around the front of the tunic but not the back. The belt goes on the inside around the back. You could easily wear it either way. I just like the flowy look of the back, so this is what I prefer.
As you can see, you just wrap it around, belt it, and you're good to go. One day I wore it with a long sleeve cotton shirt underneath, and another day I wore it with a sleeveless, sheer collared shirt. I preferred the second as the fleece won't move as much against the long sleeve cotton, making it a little more tricky to move in throughout the day. Also, this gets seriously warm, so the sleeveless shirt felt better underneath in addition to allowing for more movement with the fabric.
And there you have it. About thirty minutes of "work" and no sewing skills, and I love it! Thanks for letting my share my "new" blanket sweater with you. xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.