Upcycled T-Shirt Jacket

Have been working on a knitting pattern design whilst not able to do any machine sewing and it’s funny where things start and where things end up I find. In order to make the knitted shape I wanted, I made a template out of the spider’s web wrap that I use instead of Swedish tracing paper and then worked out a gauge and did some calculations but I’ll save all that for another day. I’m going to talk about the knitted fabric version that was hand sewn because I reckoned it would behave similarly to my needle knitted version.

I have quite a few tour t-shirts that I’m keen to re-use so decide to use some of the bigger ones for this project along with bits and bats of jersey offcuts from previous projects. I wanted the final jacket to be reversible, so it would be fully lined so I needed double for each pattern piece; two backs, four fronts and four sleeves.

Here’s the first shell I made which would be used for the outer (rear view)

And here from the front:

I then made the inner in exactly the same way. A note on construction; I used back stitch with single thread and a ballpoint needle.

I then attached both the inner and outer together in the same way you would any lining leaving a turning gap in the inner sleeve (about 10cm which could be stitched up later)

In order to stabilise sections and to add structure I added kantha stitching with oddments of sock yarn that complemented the graphic print on the t-shirts which served to take the emphasis away from what they were originally. In the future if I make similar ones though I might make more of a feature of the designs.

I’m pretty happy with the fit, it’s been an interesting deviation from the knitting pattern project and a good reuse of what I already had in terms of scrap sewing and refashioning.

It almost feels quilted, which I suppose it is. I like it with this side up mostly and have been wearing it a lot in the cold snap we’re having.

Thanks for reading, I’ve not gone into oodles of detail, just a bit of a making journal before I forget! It’s been good to have made something sewn, even if it was by hand.