I love thrifting and I love refashioning. I’ve been refashioning for years and have learned lots on the way. The best way I could think to teach is to show you my entire thought process of a refashion.
I found this oversized sweater and love the black and metallic gold stripes. It’s a weird shape so there was lots of fabric to use. In this picture I had already cut off the turtle neck that had the same pattern as the sleeve cuffs.
I laid out a shirt with a fit I like and then laid out a sweater with the right sleeve length.
I switched it over to the other side and cut the sweater leaving some seam allowance. *Tip: after cutting through the ribbing, I realized I shouldn’t have. If possible never cut through ribbing unless you have to. You never know if you’ll want to use it or not.
I folded the sweater in half to cut the other side. *Tip: I should have left the other shirts on and just cut it. This was a really hard way to cut the other side.
Once I cut out the sweater, I realized that I wanted to re-use the ribbing. I had enough, but I had to piece them together. (I shouldn’t have cut the ribbing in the first place!) You can’t really see where I pieced them together, but I can and it bothers me.
Then I sewed up the sides and attached the ribbing. (Sorry no picture of this. I didn’t run into any problems here.)
I’m really excited to wear this to holiday parties though! It’s just enough glam without being over the top.