Gotta love a stripe!

Great charity shop find!
Great charity shop find!

I bought this top in the charity shop a while back.  Once a shapeless striped tunic or maybe mini dress, it had ‘possibility’ written all over it! The fabric was great quality, I couldn’t leave it behind, a heavy jersey knit in a bright mint green and navy.  Ripe for an up cycle.

Of course, I had to make a sweatshirt and as usual Bertie was the lucky recipient.  There was enough fabric to make the front and sleeves, for the back I used a plain navy knit. I used a navy ribbing on the neck, cuffs and waistband.  Again, I worked from the Brindille and Twig Raglan Sweatshirt pattern. I think he has been wearing it for about a year now.  It still looks great and has washed really well.

The raglan sleeve sweatshirt
The raglan sleeve sweatshirt and notice the parsley pants with knee patches (patches are made from an old baby-grow) – just can’t help this up cycling…
Notice the lack of pattern matching on the sleeves... oh dear!
Notice the lack of pattern matching on the sleeves… oh dear!

I stumbled upon a few pieces of this fabric last week in my (giant) box of scraps. While churning out another self drafted sweatshirt for Monty, I thought I might just use it up.

A self-drafted raglan sleeve sweatshirt - this one has endless possibilities
A self-drafted raglan sleeve sweatshirt – this one has endless possibilities
I added a row of stitching between the shoulder pad and sleeve to flatten and re-inforce the seam.  It looks good too!
I added a row of stitching between the shoulder pad and sleeve to flatten and re-inforce the seam. It looks good too!

I think it’s a success, the shoulder pads add that bit of interest to an essentially boring raglan sleeve sweatshirt.  And yet again, Bertie manages to match one of his big brothers.

Woo hoo, I love an up cycle, it gives me a huge sense of satisfaction – sad, I know!

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