Thursday, May 8, 2014

cropped sweater refashion and tutorial

So in case you didn't know it, crop tops are kind of a huge thing right now. Earlier this spring I (Jessica) showed you how I refashioned some of my own shirts into cropped tees. This cropped length is super flattering on me! Well this time, I decided to hack up one of my sweaters to make a topper for my light spring dresses.

I've had this white Old Navy sweater for a couple of years, and even though I love the color and the wide neck, the length was not great:

It bunched weirdly around my hips, making it difficult and unflattering to wear over dresses. Which is the only way I ever wear it. After getting super frustrated with it this winter, I threw it in my refashion pile. I knew all it would take was a little sewing to make the perfect cropped sweater!

1. Lay out your sweater, and mark (I used a pin) where you want the new waistband to sit.
2. Fold your sweater up over itself, with wrong sides facing.
3. Pin your folded sweater down, and sew along the waistband using a zig zag stitch.
4. Cut the folded part of the sweater off and fold your waistband back down. You're done!

I absolutely love how it turned out! (And yes, that is one of the outfits from my last 7x7 remix. If you recognized it, I'm super flattered.) The length is perfect now, and hits at exactly the most flattering place on my waist. I will wear this sweater all spring over my strappy dresses for a little warmth.. There's nothing like taking a piece of clothing that isn't quite working and making it into something you love.

Thanks for checking out this quick tutorial! If you loved this, you should also check out our other sewing projects. And if you use this tutorial to fix a sweater of your own, let us know how it goes!



  1. I <3 your refashion! And maxi dresses:) You look great too! Have a great weekend

  2. Fantastic idea - I love how this turned out.


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