Sweater Remake and Seamwork Astoria


I got this sweater at the euro rail – its one of the few things I bought in a charity shop this year.  I am trying to get through what I have here – but I seem to make an exception for the euro rail – I often think these are the ‘no hope-ers’ and bound for landfill.  I love this colour, the fabric is cotton knit/ jersey.  The sweater colour is uneven due to wear and laundry, but to me this was part of the appeal as the colour now looked slightly textured,

For the remake, I used the Astoria pattern.  It was all straight forward.  I added 5 inches to the length, and made the sleeves as long as I could.  I sewed it using the overcast stitch on the ‘new’ machine.  (so handy)

Cut out

 

Cutting Sleeve – I use bulldog clips to keep the two layers together, and it stops the fabric rolling back in.

I was unsure about the neck finish, and luckily I had some of the same shade in yarn, left
over from a previous project!  (its a colour I like).  I turned the edges and machine basted them, and blanket stitched them.  The trim is a mix of double and treble (uk) stitches.

Inside….

 

Outside…..

Love how it turned out -I cannot believe how quick and easy these types of sweater remakes are, (and the corresponding amount of sweaters on the men’s rail in charity shops).  I have a few more sweaters to remake soon, but I am hoping to try a few different finishes, like embroidered hems and embroidered embellishments….

 

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12 thoughts on “Sweater Remake and Seamwork Astoria

  1. Eimear Greaney says:

    Thank you Karen – I did the overcast, and then trimmed it with a small scissors, it looks a lot neater than the zig zag, even though ultimately both do the same thing. I would love to tell you that I changed needles to a stretch one, but I used a light woven I think (I will confess, unless I am working on a specific project I will not change needles as I am normally dabbling with a few and I will leave the same one in – Silk and heavy fabric I will definitely check the needle!)

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  2. wrongdoll says:

    Green is my hands down favourite colour and you've definitely done it justice with this fantastic re-make. What I would give for your skills – to transform an old men's v-neck into a eminently wearable jumper. Why don't you live in Sheffield!? What skills – and the trim attached with blanket stitch is just dreamy.

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  3. Eimear Greaney says:

    Thanks so much Aimee – the blanket stitch is the best way to finish the ends, and then the crochet is crocheted onto that as a foundation. I did a tidy stitch and it worked well – although I tried to do a concealed on the hem, but I think the blanket stitch showing is much more effective. these make good sweaters, and an interesting cowl could be made by just continuing the stitch….. so many options!

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  4. Kazza says:

    Thank you for the tips. I like to change needles to suit the fabric but confess to not doing so at times. I am also guilty of not disposing of needles, and tend to keep them until blunt! I still have my packets of universal needles from the 1980s!

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  5. Eimear Greaney says:

    Same as that, but have not held onto the blunt ones. I have gotten better about changing when I am sewing more, and tend to buy machine needles in advance so I dont feel I am down to the last one. universal ones are handy indeed,

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  6. Clare McGivern says:

    Eimear I love this! The crochet is a stroke of genius – would never have thought of that….it is many years since I have crocheted anything but this looks doable! I am about to head away for a few days holiday and already feeling there will be sewing machine withdrawal…so some handwork is in order – must see if I can get myself to the charity shop to find a project like this.

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