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« on: October 21, 2014 12:53:13 PM »

Hi all! I have decided I'm never buying another cardigan again. Smiley

There's a tute below but here's a link to the full tutorial: http://myhandmadehell.blogspot.com/2014/10/sweatshirt-to-romantic-cardigan.html

I had this very soft, very warm, very, very large sweatshirt that I got at Goodwill for $3:

And with a few little hacks, I turned it into this:

I started by cutting off the collar, sleeves, and the ribbing at the bottom, then cutting a straight line up the front:

Then I used an existing top that I had that was the right shape to mark new shoulder and underarm seams, and cut away the excess:

I sewed up the sides and hemmed the front opening and the bottom:

Then I reattached the sleeves, giving them a little pleating at the top so they'd be a bit poofy:

It was still a little wide, so when I reattached the collar piece I'd cut away previously, I pleated the center back to bring the shoulders a little closer together, like so:

And it fit a lot better!

Then I cut some flowers from a scrap of vintage fabric I had and appliqued them to the front one at a time. It took a while but I loved the effect so much!

And bam! I have wanted a cardigan that looked like this for a while. I'm so glad I finally have one! Now if only south Texas would drop below 80F soon, I can actually wear it somewhere...

Oh and I used the ribbing from the bottom that I had cut away as a tie for the cardigan, to make it a little more shapely:


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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2014 01:21:30 PM »

Very cleverly done and it was great to see all your in progress pictures.  Lovely work.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2014 01:52:35 PM »

Very nicely done and such a great result. Thank you for sharing your technique. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2014 02:59:53 PM »

That looks great, thanks for sharing your technique!

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2014 08:19:23 PM »

This might be the best thrift store refashion I've ever seen!! Brilliant.

...oh wait, I just saw some other projects of yours in the "Threads you might like" window and I see that you've done other great refashions too!! Now I can't say which is my favorite Smiley.

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2014 02:32:42 AM »

Gorgeous! Love the way it came out. Thank you for sharing the process. This inspires me to try it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2014 01:32:09 PM »

I love it!! I did that with a slightly too large shirt, it is fun, isn't it?!

Great work, thanks for showing all your steps, very clear.

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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2014 09:16:48 AM »

So much cuter! You made it from frumpy to fabulous! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2015 11:35:00 PM »

I love this recon.  I've been thinking how I needed to transform a sweatshirt or two like this, you make this look fairly easy.
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