Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Recycled Sweater Longies

I bought a felted (i.e. shrunken) sweater at a yard sale last summer for 50¢ planning on using it to make Will some soakers. I decided I'd better make it since the arms are quite small/thin!

Here are the steps I used....

Cut off the arms and figure out the angle for the crotch seam. I didn't have enough width for the right angle, so I opted to add a gusset in the crotch.

I traced one half of Will's green longies before I sewed them up to use as a pattern. It is folded in half since the arms are 2 layers!

Sew the crotch gusset.

Put one leg inside the other with right sides together and sew front and back seams using a ¼" seam.
I stretched the wool as I sewed.

Zig-zag the seams.

Sew a casing at the top for elastic.

Thread elastic through the casing and sew ends together.

All finished.

William modeling them.

Close up view.

Back view (same as the front!).


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she knits said...

These are just gorgeous little longies, I feel inspired to go hunt through old jumpers lol.
Love your cupcakes as well, you are a great mama to go to all that trouble. My children love to bake as well.
Kind regards, Mel

Amy :) said...


The longies turned out great! How long will you be able to use wool soakers/longies before it's too hot? Or do they work okay in summer, too?

It's funny, but here it's really starting to warm up, so that it feels like a nice summer day in the U.P. :) I'm loving it...

Talk to you later,
Amy :)

Becky Dempsey said...

It was summer when I started using wool soakers on Emily last year. They breathe better than PUL so they are actually cooler. I may make some shorties for William for this summer. They have a little bit of a leg, more than a soaker and less than longies!