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DIY Altered Sweater

Well this will be One of my first postings in regards to do it yourself projects that I have actually done. I am posting a Sweater this time that I have altered. I took some of the before and after pictures so I could show everyone in case it turned out decent.

So what’s a little bit original with this sweater is how I kept the long sleeves on it. Though it appears to be more of a tank top when first looking at it, it actually has its sleeves still on it.


I decided that I had liked the long sleeves with the shoulders out. But on the other hand I really liked the cool look of spring/summer.

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So I left the sleeves inside of the sweater while I tried it on for alterations and I decided to try and keep them in the sweater so as that I could wear it either way.

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I have been a self taught learner with my sewing so far. So while I love it and am eager to learn more and get better at it, I will not be starting my own clothing line anytime soon lol! But I love to sew the things I can and love to give things a new life you could say. Doesn’t matter if it’s a person, a dresser, or an old t shirt. I love to take something that is a hot mess and make it look better!

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Well I will quit rambling on and explain the rest of my sweater. I then took the long sleeves and pulled them to the outside of shirt and sewed them up into pockets.

I love the idea of pockets on everything! I am constantly filling my pockets full of screws and different things as I go around my place doing different projects. If I wear something that has no pockets I feel lost! So it actually worked out well on this one. Except for the fact I can not find the before pictures I took.

So anyway the sweater was altered in me cutting the neck out and pulling the long sleeves inside the shirt and then pulling the ends of the sleeves to the outside and sewing them onto the outside into pockets.


I am 47 and have 3 grown daughters. And I have 1 granddaughter who I am crazy about! I am a recovering heroin addict who has now been clean for over 7 years now. Well I should say clean from needles for that amount of time. I can’t say completely clean because my Dr’s had me on methadone pills for a while when I was first released from the hospital. I then self medicated myself and went to a Dr for a while for suboxone. Which I then used to get myself off of the methadone pills. I was paralyzed as a result of using needles. My Dr’s never thought that I would walk again with the amount of infection they had to remove from my spinal cord. Yet I am now walking! Unassisted even. I do not require a cane or anything to walk now, is what I mean by unassisted. I do better with a cane but I can actually do it without it. So I have been back to school and almost have my associates degree in general studies. I was focusing on going to school to be a drug and alcohol counselor. I have changed my mind on that now and I have been focusing on doing affiliate sales and working on my website. These projects that I have been doing for the last 4-5 years is what has been literally saving my life! And keeping me off of the drugs! I am trying to bring about some awareness concerning addiction and what can happen to a person if they use needles with my website. Though I changed my mind on working as a counselor I still want to try and help others out there who are still struggling with their addictions. So I hope that you will follow me either on my blog or my Facebook pages and help support getting addicts the help that they really need. Instead of the stereotype labels they get here in America as well as the criminal label they acquire when they cannot just quit their use of drugs or alcohol.

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