Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sweet Woolies

I love it when and artist takes thrift shopping to the next level by doing something other than just collecting.

Believe it or not, all of these adorable baby sweaters started out as adult sizes.
Monica Getchell started her company Sweet Woolies after her husband shrunk her favorite sweater in the wash leaving it wearable only on their infant daughter. Inspiration struck and Monica says she began hitting up Sal’s Boutiques (The Salvation Army) and Goodwill’s. Adult sweaters were bought cheap, shrunk, disassembled and re-assembled to fit a child.
She adds designs, needling felting appliqué’s and hand fashions the edges.
Once a sweater is shrunk, its shrunk and won’t get any smaller, which means it can go in the washing machine (on the delicate cycle). The partial felting of a shrunken sweater makes it more durable than a traditionally knitted one, so it stands up better to kids.
The entire fabric of the sweater is used; whatever is left over become matching booties!
The suede on the bottom of the booties came from a men’s extra large Goodwill jacket!
Monica shows at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival or you can custom order a sweater at

1 comment:

  1. Those are adorable! What a great way to reuse those shrunken sweaters.


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