I am always trying something new, there are so many wonderful things out there… how could I not want to? Most of the time I am just curious about how something is done, made, designed, or constructed. This also means that I usually end up with alot more respect for an item and artist, just because I now know how it’s done and all the time it takes! This is one of those times. There is an artist that I absolutely adore, from her house to her travels! Katwise! Take a look at her Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katwise/320233446531
Incredibly AWESOME, huh? Well if you take a look at her etsy site, you can see her stuff flies off the digital shelves. Literally gone in 15 minutes, and she only posts sales once a month. If you are lucky enough to catch the right day and you are quick at the “purchase now” button you MIGHT be able to snag one. But just a forewarning: Her large jackets go for $600+, her arm warmers $60+. But in the end it’s not the price that attracts me, because frankly they are way out of my price range. It’s the fact that she changes the most gawd-aweful sweaters into such amazing creations. So last year Katwise decided to start selling her patterns. In the first day, I had snagged my very own pattern. Whoop Whoop.
Now all I needed to do was find lots and lots of wool sweaters. Well guess what? I live in Florida. Not to many wool sweaters here… So I expanded my search to include 50% wool sweaters, it only took a year but I finally found the requisite amount needed for the jacket I wanted to make. My mom even helped by donating some of her “moth” eaten ones… I know there are some places online that sell reclaimed wool sweaters, but I wanted to do it the “long way” first. If you want to let someone else do the sweater hunting for you, here is a great site: http://resweater.blogspot.com/ . After all the sweaters were compiled, it was time to felt them down. My greatest suggestion is to take them to the laundromat, let them deal with the smell… and the fuzz. I did 2 super hot cycles, 1 cold rinse, and then dried them out thoroughly in the dryers.
Cutting out all the pieces was the easiest part, and kind of fun. BUT then… came the sewing. Granted all you are doing is surging the pieces together, but it took alot of muscle work and concentration. I started at 8 am and finished at midnight. Just to give you an idea, the finished jacket is between 5-7lbs.
I wanted mine to have a fun hemline, so I made it have a “train”. The back is about 5″ longer than the front, it has some fun flow and flounce as I am walking. Make sure to follow the guidelines on the hood… 4′ is perfect. My first one hit the ground and kept pulling the hood off my head. Also I do suggest you double stitch all areas with alot of pull- the waistlines, hood, and arm holes. Otherwise the over-lock stitch is sufficient. Another suggestion, make the body of the jacket out of the most comfortable sweater (not itchy or pokey), and end at the wrists with your softest fabric. This hits skin directly.
Will I ever make these sweater jackets to sell? Only on a custom basis, with lots of caveats. Katwise is the master, and I bow down even farther after this experience. Ultimately I think I will stick with my fun fleece pixie jackets… maybe even make a couple for us big pixies?
Here is a direct link for some more fun pictures of the Mini-Pixie Cuteness! https://www.etsy.com/listing/91057894/pixie-jacket-polar-fleece-add-a-little
So Congratulations to Amanda Capps! You guessed correctly in my little Facebook mini-giveaway. I look forward to dropping off your sweet “little” prize! MUAH♥