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Day 15: 31 Day Challenge – The Reconstructed Sweater of Sweaters

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Some times you make something and think, yup, that’s it.  That’s exactly what I wanted.  That’s exactly how it looked in my mind and it’s so profoundly satisfying.

I have been making reconstructed sweaters for years now and selling them through my label, Knot Ugly.  I haven’t added them to my etsy store, but I have sold them in stores in Portland Oregon and at art/craft sales.

For years, when I would make a sweater I would think, nope, that’s not quite it.  I’ll have to try again.  Always looking to improve.  Always wanting it to be better.  Well, better has been found in this sweater!

Don’t get me wrong, there are a few things I would like to do differently in future designs of this sweater, but generally it’s just how I imagined it.  I LOVE it when this happens.

This sweater is made from an over-sized men’s cashmere sweater and fashioned down to a flattering woman’s sweater.  I really like the back of the sweater at the neck where it makes sort of a “V” shape.

Little details like that make me happy
and get me excited.

I use a serger to do all of my reconstructed pieces.  Occasionally I will use a sewing machine to finish a piece, but most of my work is done exclusively with my serger.

This sweater is for me to keep and enjoy.  Making something that you’ve been working on and not quite happy with for years and then finally getting the results you wanted is a beautiful thing.  It reminds me how important it is to keep at something.

Don’t give up or give in.
Keep on keeping on.

Now if you’ll excuse me I  am going to go bask in this sweater’s glory.

Day 15: The
reconstructed Sweater
of Sweaters

It’s day 15!  16 more posts to do to complete the project, so this is the half way marker more or less.  I started this project for purely personal purposes, but am getting even more out of it than I expected.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!