Embellish Knit Month: Day 14

November 17, 2010

 Orange navy and white are divine.

A friend of mine recently asked how to fix sweaters that were too short. I suggested adding a peplum (ie that ruffled thing attached to the bottom of the sweater).
This sweater was originally way too large. BUT, it only had buttons and an opening to the middle of the sweater. See before.

So I cut off the sweater below where the buttons ended and used the extra material to make a peplum. I also added a braided navy and white trim to the edges and made loops along the button line.
1. Cut off extra material of sweater to end of button opening.
2. Cut off 3" from the bottom with the hemmed edge. Cut into two equal pieces.
3. Gather the 3" material of both pieces.
4. Make the ends curved.
5. Attach to bottom of sweater. Note: I resized the sides and sleeves.
6. I also made the sleeves shorter. To do this I cut them at the elbow.
7. Then cut off the hemmed edges of the end of the sleeve and reattach to new sleeve edge. Note: be sure to do this step before you resize the width of the sleeves so that you have enough hemmed cuff to reattach to the new sleeve edge at your elbow.
8. Then place embellishment as you would like them on the sweater and sew in place. Done.


44 {comments}:

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! And I'm not even a fan of orange. :)

Nielson Shmielson said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Totally inspiring!

Suzanne Beaubien said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute. And you always do such a remarkable job of styling your shoots.

Iveta said... Best Blogger Tips

this so nice!:) beautiful!!!

LAP said... Best Blogger Tips

OH! This is my favorite one yet, and I have loved all of them.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute, where did you get theskirt and those shoes...also the shoes similar that you were wearing yesterday with the blue sweater???

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

My old High School colors! yay! :) well done, as always. :)

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! Love the skirt (dress?) too!

Marianne Elixir said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I love orange and navy! My old college roommate always thought I was crazy to combine the two.

This knit-re-do is brilliant. I have loved them all, but I would never of thought of this.

inday_adin said... Best Blogger Tips

That is beautiful! :) Love the color combo too. :)

Adin B

Jessie said... Best Blogger Tips

You are unbelievably talented!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay this is my favourite. This is my sort of holiday outfit. I would NEVER have seen the potential in that garment. In awe.

Sweetie Pie Bakery said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this one! Is that navy dress from express? I love it :) I couldn't pay the $80 for it at the end of the summer...it was part of the inspiration for that chocolate dress I made!

Kathryn said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful, the peplum really makes the sweater pop!

Admitted Fabricaholic said... Best Blogger Tips

this may be my favorite one to date....

Casey said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been following your tutorial all month and this is by far my favorite! I know what I'm keeping an eye out for at the thrift shop this week... ;) Thanks for sharing all these fantastic ideas!

♥ Casey | blog

Aubree said... Best Blogger Tips

Orange and blue are a FABULOUS color combo.

Where did you get those amazing tights?

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Shut the front door ..that turned out amazing!

Angela* said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so amazing and inspiring!! I absolutely love what you are doing this month! Thank you SO much for all the tips :)

casserole said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Another fabulous sweater!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-cardigan-with-peplum-waist-from-a-too-short-sweater/2010/11/17/

--Anne

Aionaccount said... Best Blogger Tips

I really really love that sweater even if im not into orange! Gosh! You're could be a genius sewer! From an old plain piece into fashionable and cool transformations! I love it! Just WOW!

twobutterflies said... Best Blogger Tips

my favorite one so far!!!

MushyWear said... Best Blogger Tips

Great color combination on the whole ensemble. The new sweater is super cute. Nice job!

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This is fantastic - my fav so far! It's such a great idea to add the ruffle along the hem. I want to make one myself!

lin3arossa said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok this is my fave so far (althoug I've been saying this almost every day since the beginning lol)!

Rocking Doll Museum / Diabetic Lolita said... Best Blogger Tips

Looking cool!
Will follow your blog!

magdamagda said... Best Blogger Tips

i love the combination of clothes, you've upgraded this knit to party wear! nicely done!

Popbabe7 said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. Just wow. How inspiring!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

wow !!!!
fabulous!!!!!!!!

amaydak said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this, what a transformation from the original!

zeila said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm just loving this embellished knit month project...it's inspiring, not just to me, but to my teenager as well!

Katrine said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this one!

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Aubree,
I got them at sockdreams.com

I should ask them if they want to send me some 'free' inventory I've been plugging them so often:)

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

jennifer,
I got the skirt at Forever 21. And I got the those at Gabriel Brothers for only $4!! Thanks!

And yes! They are the same:)

Niki H said... Best Blogger Tips

I want to comment everyday and say thank you for this series!! You have inspired me!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

How do you make the ends of the peplum curved?

Strange Beauties said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I just started looking back at some of these sweaters and am so impressed and inspired. Thanks!

corvustristis said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the peplum!

Chic Operations said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so cute! If I saw that in a store I would definitely buy it :) thank you for the tutorial, I think if I find a good sweater I'll make my own version

ElleX said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! (Found you via Marisa's blog)

legsnshoes said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous. I am going to try the braided detail.

MaryWig said... Best Blogger Tips

i love the ruffly peplum thingie. And the elbow-length sleeves. Sweet.

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

that is SO cute!!

~april said... Best Blogger Tips

ultra fantastic idea!

 
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