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Goodwill Fashion Expert—Bjorn Nasett

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Runway to Real-way DIY

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 14, 2016 2:19:08 PM

scape-diy5.jpgOver the years I’ve attended a lot of fashion shows. The thing that always impresses me are the ideas behind the designer garments. Sometimes the ideas are great, and sometimes they’re not so wonderful. But, my favorite thing of all is to interpret those looks and ideas into wearable fashion you can do yourself by using things you may already have, or items you can easily find at Goodwill.  A great example of that is this DIY look that I’m going to show you how to put together. What would you call something that is a scarf, a cape, and a sweater all in one?  A scape? A swarf? Even though I don’t have a name for it, I found a simple way to make my own version of it. This is such a cool look, let me tell you what to do …

You’ll need an oversized sweater (on you) that has a mock, or turtleneck like the one shown in the slideshow below.  

First, remove the sleeves. Now you should have a square with a turtleneck. While inside out, I rounded out the square shoulder and brought the length up a little bit. Next, I used my mom’s sewing machine to serge the seam and hem. That’s it!

I had my mom try it on and she thought it was a useful way to recycle a sweater into something much more fashion forward and practical. You know our saying is “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and this little project certainly fits the bill! Next time you’re at one of our well-organized stores, why not pick up a sweater (or two) and try your hand at designing a warm, toasty “scape” just like the one shown here!

Topics: Bjorn Nasett, clothing upcycling, sweater upcycle project, DIY sweater recycle, sweater recycling

  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    Over the years I’ve attended a lot of fashion shows. The thing that always impresses me are the ideas behind the designer garments. But, my favorite thing of all is to interpret those looks and ideas into wearable fashion you can do yourself by using things you may already have, or items you can easily find at Goodwill.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    What would you call something that is a scarf, a cape, and a sweater all in one? A scape? A swarf?
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    Even though I don’t have a name for it, I found a simple way to make my own version of it.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    Even though I don’t have a name for it, I found a simple way to make my own version of it.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    Even though I don’t have a name for it, I found a simple way to make my own version of it.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    You’ll need an oversized sweater (on you) that has a mock, or turtleneck like the one shown here. 
  • Runway to Real-way DIY

    You’ll need an oversized sweater (on you) that has a mock, or turtleneck like the one shown here.  

  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    First, remove the sleeves.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    Now you should have a square with a turtleneck.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    While inside out, I rounded out the square shoulder and brought the length up a little bit. Next, I used my mom’s sewing machine to serge the seam and hem.
  • Runway to Real-way DIY
    I had my mom try it on and she thought it was a useful way to recycle a sweater into something much more fashion forward and practical. You know our saying is “reduce, reuse, recycle,” and this little project certainly fits the bill!