Little Lemon Lady – upcycled t-shirt and Made By Ma! sweater – FOs 10 & 11/2012

Button has two new additions to her wardrobe…both in lovely shades of lemon.

First up is a t-shirt I upcycled from one of Ma SIL’s t-shirts.

I cut the body and sleeves of this t-shirt utilising the existing hems.  I reattached the neck band to the neckline using a fancy stitch on my normal machine.  I constructed the t-shirt with a zig-zag stitch so although I have an overlocker and a coverstitch machine, I only used my ordinary machine to make this, which makes it accessible to everyone.

The pattern was drafted by me using one of Button’s existing RTW t-shirts.

It’s a simple but effective make and I have another 4 or 5 of these ready to go.

I’d be happy to do a tutorial on this if anyone is interested.  It would be easy to use the same technique to upcycle a man’s t-shirt for a woman as well.

To go with this new t-shirt, Button also has a lovely new cable sweater knitted by Ma.

The yarn is a cotton slub 4 ply that my lovely friend Liz gave us.

The pattern is from MillaMia’s book ‘The Close Knit Gang’.

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It’s the first pattern we’ve knit from this book and I don’t think it will be the last.  I’m keen to knit the cover jacket and there are several other garments that I’d love for both of the kids.  They are classic and wearable, not remotely twee and with an urban sophistication that I love.  They are the kind of things you’d pay an arm and a leg for in an upscale London boutique (if you’ve nothing better to do with your money and no crafty skills, that is!).

I this this colour looks fabulous on Button and this is a perfect duo for playdates when the weather is a bit unpredictable…as it has a tendancy to be in this part of the world.

Thankfully, she really adores both garments.  Phew!

8 Responses to Little Lemon Lady – upcycled t-shirt and Made By Ma! sweater – FOs 10 & 11/2012

  1. Oh my she´s growing so quickly! The colour is great on her and you should definitely do a tutorial…clever idea.

    • PendleStitches says:

      I KNOW! She’s growing like a weed although still teeny tiny when you see her next to her contemporaries. She starts school this year. Scary!
      I shall definitely photograph the next t-shirt I make and put together a tutorial.

  2. Jane says:

    It’s a really lovely colour, and she looks really happy with her new clothes.

  3. mujerboricua says:

    What a beautiful little lady! One day I’d love to knit a sweater. One day.

  4. PendleStitches says:

    Thank you…I agree that she’s adorable! But I’m a bit biased!
    I promise you knitting is addictive and I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect antidote to a stressful day…and you can do it on the sofa in an evening…or take it with you out and about. Perfect.

  5. lbrundage says:

    Such a pretty little buttercup. Thanks for sharing the knitting book source. I am going to take a peek at it right now! I do love knitting wee projects!

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