Thursday, February 26, 2015

In which I took a too-big, stained and ripped 100% cashmere sweater and made it a cardigan

I went to the thrift store yesterday on 50% of day. Heart attack. I did not know if was 50% day when I went, so I was quite pleased. I found a beautiful blue 100% cashmere sweater, by L.L. Bean, for $3. Be still my heart.

It was ripped.

It was stained.

It was three or four sizes too big.

Ah well. I decided that for $3 I could try to refashion it, or at least re-claim the yarn. I decided to share the process here, in case it gives you an idea of refashioning something in the future.

I did plan on cropping that. :)

It doesn't show up in the picture, but there is a small hole and stain in the center of the front. I was able to mend the other holes, but that one, right next to a dark stain, was too obvious to wear without chopping up the sweater. 

First off, before cutting anything, I sewed a seam to re-enforce the knit so that it would not unravel. After that, I chopped off the cowl, pinned the raw edge under and hand sewed the neckline. 

After carefully determining the exact middle, I, again, sewed reinforcing seams before cutting. In this case, the yarn felted together enough so that unraveling was not a big deal, but if you are doing this with another sort of yarn, it could be devastating without a re-enforcing seam. In the end, I cut an additional 1.5 inches from either side of the front cut.

I folded the edges over and finished the raw edges with some scrumptious raw silk bias tape.

Hooray! Now I have a super awesome cashmere cardigan.


  1. wow, that's really lovely!!!! well done! I am hoping to begin to learn to sew after Pascha... so much to do and learn! what a good deal you found and you made it into a beautiful sweater! and that blue is so pretty!

  2. Great use of an otherwise-useless sweater!

  3. Yeah! Awesome job!


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