I have a roommate and her birthday was a few days ago. Since we watch Project Runway together, we realized that getting an old sweater and screen printing a mountain of cats on it can be considered creative genius. Well, I like making things, she likes chickens, and long story short this came into existence:
I used a $15 black sweater from Buffalo Exchange, a lot of pins, my sewing machine, gray/red thread, white/yellow fleece, and a piece from a red shirt. The key to this project was not rushing and the approval of my client, AKA my roommate, at important stages.
The point of reference was this chicken:
1) Make a pattern: nothing is more wasteful than cutting fabric and then constantly trimming or cutting new fabric. I made mine from printer paper. As you can see from the image, my chicken is headless, but using ratio-visual skills, I was able to estimate the correct size of a chicken head.
2) PIN, PIN, PIN, PIN, PIN THE WORLD
3) Machine Sew! Hand Sew! Take out the pins as you go!
I sewed the wing accent with my machine and some gray thread. The red crown was hand sewed due to the flaky nature of the fabric, I did not want it to unravel and it was too small to sew by machine.
And that’s how the chicken sweater came to be. Hope you decide to make a chicken sweater too!
There’s really no better way to say things like happy birthday, I love you, let’s be awesome chicken friends ORRRRR
than with an upcycled chicken sweater.
Cheers & good luck!