Cool DIY Knit Top RemakePosted by Jennifer Stern on Apr 11, 2011 in j stern design ipad cover | 0 comments
So… I’m working on the ipad cover… After finishing the muslin, and tweaking the pattern, I used some yummy leather to cut out the cover. Then I cut out a facing for the screen window using some really soft suede. I was SO excited to start sewing it together. (I was having dreams of carrying my ipad around in my cool new cover instead of the sack I made from a towel.) And, I did start sewing it together… only to realize that the leather and suede was tooooo much together, and I couldn’t neatly turn the facing to the wrong side. Yuck. I took it apart, and I’m going to try again with some fabric instead of suede. Soon, I promise : )
In the meantime, I’ve been really busy at school helping my fashion students finish their collections. I’m amazed at how much they can do in such a short period of time! I’ve also been helping student designers with garments for a fashion show which will be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum during the Fine Arts & Flower Show the weekend of April 28th (very exciting… I’ll definitely keep you posted on that one!) Anyway, I want to share a DIY Tee-makeover idea with you. One of my fashion students, Mardea, was wearing this really cool knit top with leopard print puff sleeves.
I asked her about it, and she told me it was one of her favorite tops, but she had gotten paint all over the sleeves. And, because she’s a starving fashion student, she didn’t want to throw it away. So, she decided to take off the stained sleeves and design some new ones! The best part is no sleeve pattern is required! She started with a rectangle of leopard print fabric. After gathering up the long edges with some elastic she sewed it into a tube. Then she sewed on gathered end to the armhole – Almost instant puff sleeve. (She also made a matching head tie! Very cute!!!