Upcycled Wardrobe Collection Ep.1 | Fall Winter Trends | Reusing Sweaters

We’re finally getting a little chilly weather
here in Houston, so it’s finally time to pull out those sweaters
and long sleeved shirts. But if you’re anything like me, you can’t
just wear the same old trends from last year. So does that mean that you run out and spend
all your money at the mall. Nope. Let’s just pull out a few items and see where
our creativity will take us. I’m Angelina and this is BlueprintDIY where we remake our clothes to be just as
unique as us. The question of today is what is your favorite
item of clothing to pull out for the fall? My favorite is blazers. But, I want to know what’s your favorite? Definitely, let everyone know yours in the
comments. Ok, for this project I’m going to use two
slightly oversized sweaters, a button up blouse, and a coat that I love whose sleeves are just
too short. I always start off by trying everything on
and pinning where I can to try to figure out if what is in my head
is actually going to jive together. If you want to see the inspiration for my
entire fall winter collection, watch this video here and these pieces were
greatly inspired by this street wear image of Olivia Lopez that
I found on Pinterest. And, I want to say Thank you to a subscriber, Uniqgrace for giving me the idea to use this
pop of color with this coat. Ok, so first I’ll cut off across the blouse
about an inch under the arms. Then, I’ll cut the two sweaters into tubes
by cutting off the sleeves and cutting across the shoulders. I’m going to set sleeves aside for later. Then, I’ll try it on again and pin the top
sweater to the blouse using safety pins this time, to make sure the pins don’t slip out. I’ll also pin the back together to see how
much of the sweater I actually need and how much I can cut off
on the sides. Then, I’ll take it off and measure that excess
portion in the back. I have 8.5 inches in excess so I’ll divide
that number in half and cut 4.25 inches off each side. Next, I’ll serge the edge of the blouse. If you don’t have a serger, you can just do
a double turn hem. And I’ll also sew down the side seams just
about 3 or 4 inches down. I’ll turn it inside out before sewing of course. I’ll also serge those edges. Quick tip: If you are cutting sweater material
you can add a zig zag stitch at the edge to keep if from fraying if you don’t have
a serger. Now, I’ll stretch and pin the sweater to the
blouse and sew it down with a blind seam because I really don’t want the seam to be
visible. My hand stitching game is not the best, but for this application I’ll just use a needle
and thread to sew the two pieces together by only grabbing the inside of the sweater
material with the needle. And it’s best to use matching thread. So, this is how it turned out. It’s decent and will work for now. So I’ll cut off this sweater right underneath
the arms because I really want to use as much of the
length of these sweaters as possible. Now, I’ll take the second sweater and cut it off on the sides to match the width
of the first sweater. I’ll also cut if off right under the v neck. Then, I’ll sew down the two side seams and
serge the edges. Now, I’ll sew the top and bottom pieces together making sure to match the side seams. Make sure to stretch the material as you sew so that it will still stretch when you are
trying to get into it. Now, I have this horrible trapezoid shape, so I’ll turn it back inside out and sew down
the side seams so that it just has a little gentle curve
at the hip area. Because we are working with sweater material, this project is very forgiving…perfect for
sewing renegades like us. Ok, so this is better, but it’s the small details that make something
look designer and I really need to have a better connection
between the two sweaters, so I’m going to add this little yarn detail
at the connection. I’ll use a large needle and some white yarn and go through from underneath and back down. Then, I’ll knot the yarn inside. I always do this when hand stitching on knitted
materials. Then, I’ll just take my needle up and down making straight lines at each line of the
sweater until I get all the way around the dress. And this is how it turned out. I really love how this one little detail makes
such a big difference. I’ll show you whole dress at the end. For now, let’s make a matching coat to go
with the dress. I’ll take the sleeves from one of the sweaters
and add zippers. I’m going to add pins at the side seam of
each sweater sleeve to show how much I want to open up the seam
for the zipper. Sweater sleeves are joined together with a
matching thread, so it’s hard to see but if you pull the seam
apart, you can cut a piece and begin to unthread
it. Once you’re done the remaining edges should
still be intact. Now, I’ll pin my zipper inside and sew it
down using a zipper foot. Ok, here it is but I opened up the sweater
seam too much, so I’m going to use matching thread and just
sew it back closed by hand. Ok, with all this hand sewing I’ve had to
do… I’m really not feeling like taking this coat
sleeve apart. So you can hand sew the sweater sleeve to
the inside of the coat sleeve, or you can just grab the edge of the lining and sew the edge of the sweater to it with
your sewing machine. Of course I chose the sewing machine. Then, I went back with a really quick hand
stitch to sew the edge down to the inside batting to keep it from pulling the lining down too
far on the sleeve. Turn it right side out and we’re done. Whew! Ok so here we have it, the first two pieces of my upcycled fall winter
wardrobe collection. I’m so excited. I’m absolutely in love with it! It’s definitely an amazing set, but I think they are just as strong separately. What do you think? Give this video a thumbs up if you like it and are excited to see what other pieces will
go in the collection. And if you want to start learning how to upcycle
your old clothes, this bottom playlist is just for you. And don’t forget to subscribe to see more. Ok, see you in the next one. Bye!

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