Scottevest Upcycle – Planning

How shall I do this?

  1. Check if my Scottevest cardigan has a seam in the back. If it does, okay. If not, leave it alone. Why mess with it if it ain’t broke?
  2. Start with the black burnout cardigan. Because it is my least favorite. Make that the test. If all goes well, branch out to the white burnout and the black solid jersey burnout. I guess?
  3. Try to take the pockets off the Scottevest. That would be best. Really work the seam ripper and binge watch something on Netflix meanwhile. Ten seasons of Friends should do it, right?
  4. I think the Rick Owens collar is smaller than the Scottevest one. Maybe half the size? Take that into account, and fix it later. Or maybe cut it in half and use the fabric for both sides of the front ties? That should make it about right? Neck to hem is about the same size as the right tie and left tie? I think that should work.
  5. Now, we think. What if we cut white and black burnouts into pieces, and swap them out? So the white burnout has a white collar and a black tie? Would that look nice? It looks like the ties are attached at the seams on either side.  Or should I be super fancy and use some other jersey fabric instead? It looks like the ties are six inches at max width, and taper to a point.
  6. The scottevest is the same length all the way around. The Rick owens is longer in the front, kind of a trapezoid shape (thanks, geometry!) and hits at the top hip. I think I’d want it at least mid butt for myself though.
  7. Okay, look at the chest area of the Rick Owens cardigan really closely. The sleeves are kind of flaring out, triangle style – is that called dolman sleeve? – IDK, it reminds me of a military general. At about the bust level, coming down from the collar bone, that’s where the top (or one part) of the tie is. The other part come from the underarm or so, closer to the back. It’s not just the one piece stretched out. Cool cool cool. How do I duplicate that? Remember that classic Butterick wraparound dress? 4970? 6015? Ah, the first is the “modern redo”, the second the original vintage. I got a picture below. See how the waist is? Does that look like the Rick Owens? It does to me. I wonder.. It would certainly fit better with jersey fabric than with whatever cotton Butterick used.. I’m not sure about using two lines of jersey like Rick Owens, that seems like too much work, and I have very little competence. But this seems like a great compromise.. attach the tie more towards the back. or just run it all the way around the dress, Japanese kimono style, maybe in a contrast fabric, and then create a triangle coming in under the arm, grading it to a point that can be tied without bulk. So it would be flattering, and fit like it has its own obi belt. Yes, I think that could work. Let me let this marinate in my mind a bit and see how it feels.
  8. Wait.. taking another look at the scottevest pocket.. they took the hem and curved it around to the side, leaving the bubble unattractively in the pocket. Ugh. It shouldn’t be so bad to undo then, right? Right??? .. So then if I undo the pocket, the hem should come down to a point like the Rick Owens cardigan, right?


8. Friends who visit the blog, and advice or input would be super! Thanks!!


Upcycling Scottevest Cardigan

I purchased the Scottevest Lucille Long Cardigan (in black, white, and black solid jersey). Total overkill. The reviews are not accurate, it’s a horrible cardigan, very hot, with unusable pockets. It is droopy and unattractive and unreturnable.

Here’s what it looks like:

The Lucille

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If you put stuff in the pockets (keys only..) the pockets droop to the knees.

Madeline Cardigan

And now I notice that nowhere is Scottevest advertising anyone actually USING its pockets. Or even putting their hands in the pockets. Or turning around so people can see the back of the cardigan. And BTW the hands are super thin so don’t think you can wear this cardigan over a sleeved shirt.

Anyway. I don’t want this expensive clothing paperweight taking up space in my closet. And now I sew! I can improve it!

But there are no margins to unpick the pockets without ruining the fabric, and if I just cut them off, then I will end up with a cropped cardigan. No dice.

SOOOO.. I found this and fell in love with it’s unbelievably expensive self. It’s so great. So great. So so great. I want it. Maybe I can make it?

– Fits true to size, take your normal size
– Designed for a slightly loose fit, use the tie belt to cinch in at the waist
– Mid-weight, stretchy fabric
– Take the next size up if you wish to achieve a looser fit
– Model is 177cm/ 5’10” and is wearing an IT 40

– Dark-gray jersey
– Slips on
– 70% viscose, 15% cotton, 15% polyamide
– Hand wash
– Made in Italy

RICK OWENS Jersey cardigan $815


Kwik Sew Tshirt Alterations

The tshirt does not fit well. At all. The neckline is puckered and awkwardly stretched, the back is four inches higher than the front, the body is baggy, and all in all it is just very ugly.

So I need to fix this.

Step 1: Unpick the neckline.

Step 2: Even out the length of the front and the back.

Step 3: Redo the neckline. It’s already starting to stretch out. Follow this video:


Step 4: Find out how much longer I want it (including hem). Which is 8 inches. I don’t want to add it to the bottom, it looks sloppy. I don’t want lace, it’s too juvenile.

Option1: Cut off the shirt 2 inches below the chest. Then I will add a contrast panel. Follow this blog:

VERDICT: No. I don’t want to undo everything I did. I will just go with:

Option2: Add the extra fabric at the bottom, at the hem. Cool thing I did: Cut out front, cut out back, and hem with fusible interfacing tape before sewing the two together. Then I’ll align the stripes at the bottom and work up from there. Sides get a half inch seam allowance. Top gets the same.

Step 5: Finish off the cuffs with the fusible interfacing tape.

Step 6: For the Anthropologie Couture Tshirt look: