DIY • Open cardigan refashion


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The cardigan I wore in my last post is actually a thrift store refashion that I pretty much tried out on a whim. That’s the thing I love about thrift store refashions, I can practice my sowing skills and even if I mess up, I only lose a few dollars from the cost of the garment.

This black and beige cardigan was actually a really oversized zipped up sweater that I bought at the salvation army for 4$. The shape of it was literally a huge square. I wore it a few times before by having it unzipped and open. I would also wear a belt so that my body wouldn’t be lost in all of that fabric. But it still wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I pulled out the sowing machine and refashioned it into something that I would want to wear more often.

And that’s how I ended up with this rounded cardigan refashion. It was so easy to do, I don’t know why I didn’t bother doing it earlier. I just traced out the shaped I wanted, rounding out the bottom edge. Then folded it lengthwise so that the cut would be perfectly mirrored on both sides, cut the fabric, then sowed down the raw edges with a straight stitch. I would write a more detailed tutorial, but for this particular DIY, there really isn’t anything more I can say cause I basically didn’t plan anything and just tried it out. And thankfully it worked!

Now I have this casual rounded knit cardigan that’s still a bit oversized but drapes a lot better when I wear it. And it only cost me 4$ and took 2 hours of sowing. Two hours cause I’m still a total beginner with the sowing machine.

One comment

  1. Mai says:

    That cardigan is really cute! It may have taken you two hours because you’re a noob, but it probably would’ve taken me forever because I’m so bad I wouldn’t even try XD;

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