Refashion / Sew

Pull over sweaters to cardigan

I scored this cashmere pull over from value village a few months ago but hadn’t worn it out of the house. It was more of a “lounging” piece! I simply don’t think purple pull over sweaters are particularly flattering on me, but loved the ultra soft cashmere.

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Meh.

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This classifies as an “XL” somehow. 

This merino wool pull over (a shrunken “XS”, or for a small child) was from a recent clothing swap.

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Nope, my head will not fit through!

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Post (likely) accidental shrinking, the label should say “XXXXXXS”

Here’s the Pinspiration for this project:

I followed that tutorial with a few minor adjustments.

I started by cutting the purple sweater up the centre front, including cutting out the pointed top of the neckline. I dissected the striped sweater and cut equally sized rectangles, then sewed 4 pieces together into one long strip of fabric.

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Next I pinned the striped sweater onto the purple sweater (right side to right side), with the help of my duct tape body form–which I haven’t stuffed with foam or batting, but it does the job for now.

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I sewed that seam, and after trying it on, I wasn’t quite sure how to finish the edge of the striped sweater. Finishing the edges of knits have been tricky for me in the past, so I decided to avoid that altogether and simply fold the material in half, hiding the raw edge on the inside of the sweater.

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I used a three way tricot stitch on all three layers of fabric for fraying prevention, within the seam allowance.

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Annnnd it turned out like this:

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My body form displaying the end result:

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I was fairly happy with the outcome 🙂

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AFTER                  BEFORE

Minimal frustration and only a 2 hour time commitment– I’ll use this idea to breathe new life into other old sweaters.

 

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