Hi there, this is Eveline from Frölein Tilia, and I’d like to show you my Prepster Pullover.
This month’s theme is “re-use” – a theme that challenged me quite a bit. I’m not sure how you feel, but I think it’s so much easier to take new fabric from the stash than to recycle an old garment.
Happy me that some time ago my mother-in-law was cleaning her closet. One garment she wanted to get rid of was this denim shirt. I immediately fell in love with the fabric. So, I asked her if I could use the shirt to recycle it and turn it in to a new garment. And out of the women's shirt became a Prepster Pullover for my little boy!
I made a straight size 4 with no alterations. As you can see it’s a little bit on the wide side at the shoulders and the body is slightly loose. But that’s okay with me, so he can grow into it. The length is just perfect.
I didn’t have enough fabric to cut both the front and the back on the fold. So, I had to decide which one would be better to be cut in two pieces. I decided on the back. As a result, I changed the back pleat to the wrong side of the fabric. I did this in the hope that the reversed pleat will hide the back seam a little bit.
For the cuffs, I kept the original ones, just shortened them to the right length I needed.
The buttons are also from the original shirt. I liked them quite a lot. As I sewed them on with navy thread, I think they translate as boys' buttons.
I made a slight change to the hem. Instead of turning the edge under twice, I used bias tape.
I had an anchors print bias tape that was just too cute and perfectly matched the fabric.
To give the shirt a more casual and sporty look I did some topstitching. Thanks to the navy thread and all the topstitching, I’m convinced it looks like a shirt for a boy. At least in my opinion no one wouldn’t guess, that this shirt was made out of a woman’s garment.
Sewing the Prepster Pullover isn’t that difficult, but it takes some time.
But once you see your little boy wearing it with a big smile in his face, you will be sure all the work was so worth it!