Flop #4: Sleeves for my Legs!

Morning wombats! Here we are on Day #4 of Flop Fixin’ week! Today’s flop, like yesterday’s, isn’t technically a flop, it’s more of a creative restyle using the scraps from yesterday’s sweater project. Boot cuffs!

I’m guessing that this might be of PARTICULAR interest to other cold-weather, ‘curvy-calved’  wombats such as myself. To make these cuffs I simply chopped off the arms of the sweater about 8″ from the sleeve cuff. Then I pulled them on up like odd, half socks. The sleeve cuffs are the ribbed trim by my knees.

Here’s a bootless shot. Sorry for the extreme overexposure on this! And all the thigh action. When I tried cropping lower down, I looked like I had taken a naked-wombat wearing gnawed off leggings photo. So. Not. Cool.

The bottom of the cuffs look a bit raggedy – I serged them for a quick finish, but they aren’t perfect. That’s OK – they’ll be hiding inside my boots! And if you’re a wombat of the non-sewing variety, you could probably just leave the bottom edges unfinished. As odd as it sounds, knits don’t really unravel when you cut them.

As for WHY I did such a thing… well, who doesn’t want bright orange socks peeking out from her boot tops? Unfortunately for me, the current crop of ‘kneesocks’ don’t come up all the way to my knees… they’re more mid-calf socks. I thought that make-my-own cuffs was a fun way to add a bit of color without spending a fortune on special order socks!

[OK, I feel compelled to mention for anyone with similar kneesock issues... if you haven't already, go to Target and look for the OVER THE KNEE socks - on me those come up to right about where my orange cuffs do in the photo above! Yay!]

I like this boot cuff idea and can think of a number of uses… thrifted cashmere sweaters in great colors but a size small? Might work! Or if the arm is wide enough, go for the ACTUAL over the knee look. Take THAT you ill fitting OTK socks from giant retail chains! And of course, there’s all that potential for color and texture not available in the sock section. I’d love a SUPER chunky cable knit boot cuff! We’re talking fisherman sweater on steroids here! What could be more flattering than a few extra inches of width right below my knees? Amiright, or what. What?

These boot cuffs also offer a lot of extra warmth! Mine fit very well as is, but they’d be easy enough to tighten up by resewing the seams a bit deeper.

Day Four of Flop Fixing Week

Day One: Beignet
Day Two: Revived knit shirt
Day Three: Fine-tuned thrift find
Day Four: Leg Sleeves!

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  • Clio
    November 15, 2011

    LOVE this project! And here I was thinking I’d have to knit boot cuffs for myself! (I am a sloooooow knitter.)
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  • ListenMaudy
    November 10, 2011

    These are awesome! (And I also love your boots.) You could also knit some, if you can’t find exactly the color/style you’re looking for. They’d be really easy and fun to knit, too. :)

  • sarajane
    November 10, 2011

    Thank you for the service you are doing for the “curvy of calf” folks – myself included!

  • Karaboo
    November 10, 2011

    I Love this idea and will def be doing this one, and soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Laura
    November 10, 2011

    Such a brilliant refashion, and so much cheaper than buying wool knee socks! Not to even mention that although I usually find acrylic waaay too warm in a sweater I wear on my torso, it’s perfect for warming up my poor skirt clad legs for winter busing! You could even create your own stripes with scraps like a quilt for your sweet knees!
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  • angie.a
    November 10, 2011

    I like the look, and I LOVE your boots! Have you ever tried Sock Dreams? I usually find many things I can wear for “curvy” calves. ;) They’re really good about listing on their website the range each style will fit too.
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