the salvaged sweater
We have a bag full of clothes for Goodwill sitting in our closet. It’s been there for almost a year because we’ve been too lazy to go to the donation center.
So when I saw this post on Grosgrain Fabulous, I just dug into the Goodwill bag and retrieved an old sweater to use. The post was part of a series on creative ways to revamp old sweaters by embellishing them. This particular post showed how to turn a mumu into a fitted sweater by adding a peplum. In case you’re wondering, a peplum is a ruffly thing added to the waistline of a sweater.
This is the sweater I started with:
Problem was that it’s not a mumu, and there wasn’t enough fabric at the bottom to create a real ruffly peplum. So I couldn’t exactly copy Grosgrain’s version. Next time, I guess.
To upcycle my sweater, I shortened the bottom to make the sweater waist-length. Then I took in the sides to make it more fitted.
I turned long sleeves into short sleeves,
and replaced the buttons with eye and hook closures.
Lastly, I added gold braiding.
The finished piece?
And all this was done by hand. I don’t own a sewing machine (that is on the List of Things to Buy), so I didn’t have any other choice. If I had one, I could’ve saved a lot of time and prevented all the pinpricks on my fingers. Oh well. I guess this is proof that patience (and a good thimble) will get the job done.