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!!



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