I owe a huge hug of gratitude to Kathleen at Grosgrain Fabulous. She posted 30 days of sweater embellishments on her blog. In those tutorials she took the most ho-hum sweaters from Goodwill and turned them into Cinderella-worthy tops.
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater
Because of her inspiring transformations, I was able to re-vamp two sweaters for the Blissdom conference, saving my bank account some precious pennies. (I used the savings to buy two pairs of cute PJs. Apparently PJs are mandatory after conference hours.)
And now, on to the transformation!
I started by resizing the sweater per Kathleen’s tutorial HERE.
Put the sweater on inside out and pin excess starting under the arm and ending at the hip.
Carefully (very carefully unless you want to become a pin cushion) remove the sweater. Stitch along the pinned line.
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater
Put the sweater back on to check the fit.
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater
If it looks good, go ahead and trim off the excess. (This reminds me of a nip and tuck surgery. {Sigh} If only trimming fat was this easy.)
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

 

Next, grab some of those adorable felt roses we made the other day. (Rose tutorial HERE)  Lay them onto the sweater and play with the placements.

 

Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

When you are happy with the roses, pin them on with safety pins.

Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

 

Sew on the roses with needle and thread.
And remove the safety pin once the rose is secure.
That’s it. Beautiful new cardigan from a $3 Goodwill sweater!
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

 

I added a knit belt that I sewed some roses and a hook and eye clasp on.

 

Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

Poor Buddy (aka Pretty Handy Dog), he’s not so sure about me leaving for Blissdom tomorrow.

Check out some more Goodwill and thrift store fashionista outfits at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

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  1. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    Pretty Handy Girl….you amaze me… this time with you tremendous sense of humor. i needed this today. tax season in very ho humm….loved it

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  2. likenight
    likenight says:

    I LOVE this idea! I really don't have spare money to expand my wardrobe, so I'm looking forward to sprucing up some of the things I already have!

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  3. Jen (Balancing BEauty and Bedlam)
    Jen (Balancing BEauty and Bedlam) says:

    YEA…so glad you joined in. This looks FABULOUS!! So fun to now have a real life friend to tie to the post. 🙂

    Reply

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