Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 16: Thrift Store Sweater Refashion

I don't really keep my love of thrift store shopping a secret.  My favorite thing is to buy a plain old shirt for a dollar and turn it into something spectacular.  So, when I found a red knit twin-set in the middle of summer on dollar day I knew I had to buy it.  Two items for a dollar -- boo to the yah.  And I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  I've long had my eye on the Frosted Flowers Cardi from DownEast:


Those flower petally things all down the front are too perfect.  I decided this would be my first birthday gift to myself this year.  {Yes, I'm being super-selfish and making myself a "gift" every day this week.  A girl only turns 38 once, right?} 

 The Floating Flower Cardi from Drama Queen Seams is the very next best thing to the original.  She used an actual sweater and some black knit fabric for the flowers.  My "sweater" is actually more like a thick ribbed knit material so I just cut up the matching tank top that came with it for my flowers.  I followed Jeanna's tutorial pretty closely.  The only thing I really did differently was that I doubled up my flowers when I pinned them onto my sweater so that mine would be a little more petally, if that makes any sense.  I also exaggerated the flower shape on my flower pieces so mine were not quite as rounded as hers.  I should have taken a picture of that, but maybe you can see what I'm talking about here:


Also, I didn't want my stitches to show so instead of pinning my flowers flat, I folded them in half and pinned them on.  That way I could sew a few stitches across the middle of my flower with my sewing machine and the flower will fall open when I wear it and cover up the stitching.  Here's the finished sweater:


I'm absolutely in love with it.  I wore it out shopping yesterday and had three people stop me to say they liked my sweater, which NEVER happens to me.  Whatever.  Have a great Sunday!  Come back tomorrow for some 50's style fashion.

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5 comments:

  1. I wish I had seen this post yesterday, we were at GW and I spotted a twinset, but it looked a bit dated to me (I may have to sneak back up there today and see if it's still there). Very cute re-do, thanks for sharing:)

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  2. That is so cute! I'm working my way up to trying something like that. I also love to find cheap clothes, sheets, etc. at the thrift stores and use them as fabric. I'm enjoying your ideas and your blog :)

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  3. SO CUTE!!!!! I am loving all these cute projects this month. I bought 2 pair of flip flops at Old Navy yesterday just so I can make them cute like you did.

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  4. Love the sweater makeover! And i love your theme. I have a huge list of pinterest projects to tackle, and you make me want to go get started right now!

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  5. I would have stopped you to tell you how cute you looked too! That is fabulous! t. xoxoxo

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