White sweater refashion

I have had this white sweater for years. I’m only 5’3″, so when I ordered it I ordered a petite. Well, I have since found out that I have long limbs for a petite person, and this is how the sweater fit me before

Not cute, huh? Sleeves an inch too short are never flattering. So, I decided to do a sweater refashion and give this some 3/4 sleeves so they would look intentionally short instead of accidentally short.

First, I marked with a pin where I wanted the new sleeves to end.

Then I turned the sleeves inside out and marked a line all around for the end of the sleeve.

Then I folded the sleeve under so that the edge of the ribbed cuff hit the line I marked, using my fingers to feel for the edge and pins to line it up.

Then I sewed just inside the edge of the ribbing. I used a short width/high stitches per inch zig-zag stitch to do this.

When I flipped this right side out, it looked like this.

Then I sewed another zig-zag close to the first one, to prevent unraveling, and trimmed close to the second stitching.

I pressed the hem, and had this

But it didn’t seem to be enough, so I added a flower. This is just a stack of the four petal shapes tacked in place with an embroidered stem.

Then I bunched up two circles and sewed them into the center. A lot like I did on the Navy Blue T-shirt Refashion.

And finally I took the sides in to make the sweater more fitted, and now I have this

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  1. Miss Char says

    What a great transformation and thanks for the little tutorial on how you raised the sleeves. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Misty @Creative Itch says

    Darling sweater refashion! Thanks for sharing @’Sew Cute Tuesday’! I’ll be featuring you on Nov. 1st, so be sure to stop by and grab a ‘featured’ button!

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