Pretty silk sweater makeover

I got this sweater ages ago at Goodwill Outlet.  It's a lovely silk blend, in a sort of boring shape, with a print that reminded me of some arts Anthro tops and pieces.
Not only was it boxy and plain in style, it was also too big.  So, I made it over!

I took a big tuck out of the center back, since it was just too much too big to take in the side seams.  I tapered it so I took more out of the waist than out of the neckline.  I cut down the center front and used some vintage navy cotton hem braid to finish the edges.  There's enough room that I could add hook and eye closures (I think I will next time I sit down to a good movie.  I hate hand sewing!).

I also added some decorative shapes and trim out of vintage ric rac.  I love using the old stuff since it's 100% cotton!  Here's how it turned out:
And here's the back (you can see there's a seam there, but, oh well.  It fits so much better that way).
Fun!

29 comments

  1. That is stunning!! You took a sweater that was basically out of style, and turned it into a piece that could have come from anthropologie. It is gorgeous!!!

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  2. AAhhh I love the bins! Always great finds there. Awesome what you did with it :)

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  3. Wow! It's really nice. Great job!

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  4. Wow, it turned out great. I have a few sweaters that my fiance was getting rid of sitting in my "to do" pile, but I've been scared of trying to sew a sweater. Maybe I'll have to give it a try.

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  5. Anonymous11/10/2010

    very pretty!!

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  6. Wow! This sweater is lovely. And I like the back of it. It is much more interesting now.
    And I also don`t like hand sewing.
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  7. incredible - so much better as a cute cardigan - the print is gorgeous!

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  8. Lovely job! Looks great. How about some loops and buttons instead of hooks?

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  9. i have a top i bought for 99 cents at tjmaxx for this same reason! it'll be a cute cardigan!

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  10. The fabric is so great! It's hard to even tell that it's the same thing! I love the blue braid!

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  11. This is so cute! You are always inspiring me to look at old things in a new light. What a great way to recycle an okay sweater into something beautiful!

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  12. I love it! Turned out great. =)

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  13. That sweater turned out lovely you really updated it and made it your own.

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  14. Super cute! I looooove the fabric. You did a beautiful job of rescuing it, though I'm not 100% sure about the ric-rac - it's adorable, but detracts from the pattern.

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  15. Very nice makeover. You´re so clever!

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  16. What a great sweater make-over!

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  17. it's so beautiful, what a great job!!!!

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  18. Brilliant idea.
    I guess you never wore it before and now you'll probably never take it off again? ;)
    I like the make over you made.

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  19. Fantastic! You've inspired me to makeover a way-too-large cardigan I purchased a while ago without trying on that just fits too baggy and keeps falling off my shoulders. It'll be so cute made-over similarly to this project!

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  20. Beautiful work! So inspiring :)

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  21. I love it! Really, the print is fabulous but the original sweater was definitely not wearable... the end result however, is stunning!

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  22. Gorgeous!!! Love Love Love!!

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  23. Very cute! I really like this makeover!

    I'm a regular lurker and I've never posted. But I think this a terrific job on a basic t-shirt. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Keep up the good work1

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  24. Super cute! I don't think the back seam is bad at all.

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  25. I actually have a sweater in that material. It's a tank top and I have worn it for years. I guess the print went out of style for a few years but it's back in now! Glad I hung on to it. Your sweater re-do it beautiful.

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