How to Wear DIY: Grey sweater transformation

Lots of us take in and change sweaters, right?  I know I do, and some turn out better than others.  But I've really been loving this one that I took in last year--technique I used in this tutorial.

Anyway, I took in this huge but lovely grey-and-grey sweater from Banana Republic--here's the before and after, and made it sort of a totally different look than it was intended for because it's so long and tunic-ey.  I pulled it out once the weather turned cold again, and it's become part of my Fall 2011 uniform, basically, layered with a couple shirts under, and my fave greige-ey boots (Target last year, but I got them brand new at Goodwill for $7--score!).    Seriously, I've worn some variation on this like three times in the past month.  And I love layering to keep warm!


Wish I had more checkered shirts.  I love this one.

What do you think, better with or without the belt?

Boots: Target via Goodwill. Checkered shirt and tee: Old Navy. Watch and necklace: American Eagle. 
Belt: Vintage/Goodwill. Jeans: Levi's. Sweater: DIY, made over from Banana Republic via Goodwill Outlet.

Cozy, long sweaters, jeans, boots... seriously, cute and fun uniform for cold weather.  And necessary!

9 comments

  1. cute!!! better with the belt

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  2. Super cute! I love neutrals. I think it is better without the belt. It just looks easier and more comfortable that way.

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  3. Is anyone else having trouble accessing the tutorial link?

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  4. Thanks, I appreciate the belt input, keep it comin'!

    @Lauren, here's the tutorial link again: http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2010/10/tutorial-how-to-take-in-sweater.html

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  5. I think it looks great with the boots and very practical for the cooler weather.
    The belt accentuates your waist but for those of us that don't have a small waist I think the beltless version would be more flattering.

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  6. What a score on those boots! Next time I'm thrifting I will remember this sweater DIY!

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  7. I just watched a movie set in the 80's and that knit rolled collar was everywhere! It looks great. I think the outfit looks more put-together with the belt.

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  8. I also think with out the belt is better. The look gets much more cozy and fall-y that way.

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  9. Anonymous11/20/2011

    Another vote for with the belt, although it looks great without, too! Are you wearing socks or legwarmers with the boots? I love the look of them sticking out over the jeans!

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