Introduction: Turn a Pretty Shawl Into a Really Pretty Sweater

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I thought I would wear it more than I did... but I guess I'm not a shawl person! Got a lot of mileage out of the cute, ruffled sweater, though. It's a simple operation with about three seams, and I'll show you the steps.

Warning - my camera did not get along with the shawl...all the pix are blurry! But look at them small and you'll get the idea.

Step 1: Make a Shawl Hanger

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I twist-tied a yardstick to a hanger so the fabric could hang flatter and I could match up the edges.

Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once!

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First, do a little math. I measured the width of the shawl, subtracted the width of my hips, and divided by two. This became the length of the panel I would remove from either side.

Step 3: Sketch, Then Pin the Cutout.

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You can do this with the shawl hanging up. It doesn't have to be perfect on the first side; just try to get a nice shape, leaving the width of the arms to your taste.

Step 4: Sew Along Your Pin Line.

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Use some sort of large zig-zag stich; it's a sweater and you want some stretch. Next, cut out the panel.

Step 5: Make the Other Side Match

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Lay down the cut-out panel on the other side, and trace along the outline so you will have two matching sides. Repeat steps 3-4 with pins, sewing, and cutting. The sweater is now complete!

Step 6: Don't Let the Edges Go to Waste!

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Look at that nice ruffle! I sewed the four cut-out edges together to make two very long ruffles.

Step 7: Make It How You Like It.

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I wrapped the pieces around and tried some different things, but didn't love them. So I cut the long pieces within one inch of the ruffle, and sewed the ruffles edge to edge to make a nice long belt.

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seamster (author)2014-09-10

Nice work!

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