Sweatshirt Refashion - KCW Winter 2015

  I am quite possibly the worst blogger ever.  I have sewn in the past year, promise!  However, I'm okay with being a terrible blogger for this season in my life.  I have three very cute, very active, very time consuming children that I am spending most my days with.  I am also baking a fourth as we speak (17 weeks and counting).  We've moved again (navy life!) and I began homeschooling a few months ago.  Life just keeps rolling for us, and that is the way we like it.

We are in our new home on a six month assignment, the end of which we will celebrate with new baby.  And then promptly another move.  I told my husband as we were unpacking this time that I would finally tackle my big stack of clothes to be refashioned that we have been moving from house to house, or I would donate everything at the end of these six months.  Pregnancy has left me tired and sick until now, and only recently am I beginning to feel a little more like myself.  I was excited to learn about this round of Kids Clothing Week: Refashion as I knew it was the exact kick in the pants I need.

Which brought me back to staring at my old high school sweatshirt.  I've had it almost 15 years (gulp!!!).  I seem to have no problem telling my husband to get rid of his old and ragged t-shirts, but for some reason I could not let go of this sweatshirt (tell me I'm not the only one!).  I always loved it, loved the way it fit and loved that I could be comfortable and yet cute at the same time (or so I thought… I mean, it is a sweatshirt after all!).

This is a photo from my phone of the beloved sweatshirt in all its sad sad glory (Frayed everywhere, holes in the elbows and other random places, and stretched out kind of funny like)....

And this is the refashion.

I used the Bimaa Sweater pattern by Lou Bee Clothing.  Although I've had the pattern for over a year this is my first time sewing it up… and I love it!!  I'm thinking she needs three more variations at least!  I followed the pattern except for adding an additional stripe of light blue at the bottom, making the bottom ribbed knit (refashioned from my original sweatshirt) bigger than the pattern calls for, and leaving the original pocket in the front.  Blue is this girl's favorite color, and she loved it too!  I'm calling this refashion a success!  


  1. Very Cute! I love the Bimaa pattern as well. It's a fave!

  2. love it! The kangaroo pocket is a great addition.

  3. Jill - I love this! I was totally planning on joining in this KCW, but we are in the middle of a big upholstery project that has taken over my sewing room and my time. :( I miss sewing with you!!!!!


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