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Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {#2}

My second sweater refashion is a plain, black Target sweater that I bought last year. It was too plain. So I decided to embellish it a little.
This refashion also uses a scarf. This is the problem — I buy scarves because I think they are so adorable but then I never feel like I know how to wear them. Or I feel too self-conscious to wear them. So I also had this scarf that I had bought, also at Target, about a year ago. I love the pattern and colors.

  • I took the scarf and cut it into 8 inch wide sections, then sewed all the sections together to make one long piece. Then I folded it in half width-wise. And I sewed a long stitch all the way down the scarf, creating a long ruffle.
  • I pinned the ruffle to the inside of the sweater opening and all the way along the collar, down the other side of the sweater. {I adjusted the ruffles so they were all even and the length fit the length of the sweater opening}
  •  Then I added some pretty trim to the outside of the sweater opening. I found it at JoAnnes. I think it really pops against the black.
  • I also added a little ruffle to the sleeves.
I hope you are having a fantastic week!!! PS — I had a few questions about my adorable camera strap. It’s from my friend Valerie who has a great etsy shop — Zipcoverz. 
And get this, the camera straps have zippers – so you can zip them on and off!!! 
 Such a good idea. 

I’m linking up to these fun parties: 

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  1. Sylvie Créative says:

    It couldn't be better. Congratulations!

  2. I just did another sweater refashion and started with this as my inspiration but ended with a different result! domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

  3. very merry vintage style says:

    Love this idea. I too, am a scarf junkie. I have soooo many. I often find they are too bulky or always look better in the store. This is a really easy tutorial that might bring my scarves out of hiding!

  4. kara@elements-interiors.net says:

    OMGosh! Caaaautest thaaaang eva'!

    Im just a lil blog but have a party i would LOVE for you to share this…

    I LOVE this! Come on ova' and link up to WHASSUP!!! xoxokara


  5. Holiday Snob says:

    I love this! I used your idea to do a St. Patrick's day version in this post: http://holidaysnobs.blogspot.com/2011/03/st-patricks-sweater-refashion.html

  6. Love love love this idea! I may just try this one!

  7. Brittany@Love Stitched says:

    Jen your so cute! I love what you did to this sweater! :) you are so talented and cute! thanks for sharing this fun tut on how to dress up a boring sweater! xoxo

  8. ⊰OCDesign⊱ says:

    I am so impressed! I just found your fashion repurpose posts and love them all! You have a knack for fashion design for sure, among all the other stuff your great at!

  9. That is so cute Jen!! I love your ring too :) did you make it?

  10. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Oh, you are so cute!!! Can you come freshen up my wardrobe, please?!?!?

  11. The mum of all trades says:

    Wow! You have inspired me to go look in my wardrobe and see what I can revamp! I really love reading your blog!

  12. I love this :) And I love that you like scarves, but feel don't wear them – me too :) I see people with them on and think they are just SO CUTE but it never seems to work for me. So I stick with my basics :) What a great way to mix things up!

  13. Oh my, that's uber cute!

  14. kelsie rae. says:

    what an awesome refashion! i'm totally going to try this sometime!!

    giveaway at my blog:

  15. Amanda Bee says:

    That is definitely going into my "want-to-do" projects list! So adorable!

  16. Amanda Bee says:

    That is definitely going into my "want-to-do" projects list! So adorable!

  17. It looks great!!!


  18. Heather Mullin says:

    Wow, super cute. Great idea! Just wish I could sew! :)

  19. reasonstoskipthehousework says:
  20. Awesome job!

  21. Jen…LOVE it! You have an amazing eye for style!

  22. Breaking Free From Old Ways says:

    This is like the cutest sweater I have ever seen! I wish I could do something like this!

  23. AppleMissy says:

    This is so incredibly beautiful. I know I must have something in my closet to to do this!

    PS – I thought I was the only one who was self-concious when it comes to scarves! I thought I had some kind of weird scarfobia!

  24. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Oh I love this one too!!! That scarf is fantastic as a ruffle!!! And it looks so cute with the belt. I'm going to have to get brave and try that look – it looks so great on you!!

  25. Bellenza Wedding Bistro says:

    Now, THAT is creative!!!

  26. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    I love scarves!! They are such a fun accessory… But like you I never really know what to do with them… Never would've thought to add them to a sweater! What a fun idea!

  27. This is so cute. I love how you resused things you already had to make somethign wonderful. I love the colors and the details. Great job.

  28. two birds says:

    amazing! you should really sell your stuff on etsy!

  29. this is ah-MAZ-ing!!!

  30. Jen, you seriously have a gift for turning Target pieces into Nordstorm's worthy pieces. A-mazed as usual :)

  31. Hani@Craftionary says:

    wow.. that is such a cute idea..

  32. I love this one, so simple, yet such a difference!!

  33. I have that yellow shirt under your {darling by the way} sweater!!!

  34. Michelle says:

    Super cute! I love the way this came out! I really need to dive in and give this whole thing a shot- maybe on a smaller scale with one of my baby's sweaters lol.

  35. Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki says:

    Love this! I have a black cardigan that I have been holding onto to "refashion" too! :)

  36. Stinking CUTE!!

  37. So cute!! Love it!

  38. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    So cute, Jen!! I love the ruffles and all of the color. Looks fabulous!

  39. Davis and Laura says:

    Holy smokes! This whole look is completely adorable and this sweater is totally do-able for a beginning like me!!! Love your blog and thanks for the post…oh, and Target's plain sweaters are on clearance for $10 if anyone was interested!

  40. Allison@Quaint Oaks says:

    This is unbelievable! I am in the early stages of learning how to sew, but this is something to work towards. It is absolutely beautiful! I neeed one of these! You should take orders! Thanks for sharing!

  41. soooo smart! love how it turned out and how fab it looks with that yellow belt!

  42. Traci@ Beneath My Heart says:

    That is super, super cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing a great idea. :)

  43. Madigan at madiganmade says:

    Jen, this is adorable! I love the contrast of the fabric/trim with the black. (I never know how to wear scarves, either!)

  44. JC's Loft says:

    No flippn way! Target needs to put you on their payroll and have you start helping pimp their piece out LOL

    You rock!


  45. Sparrow's Nest says:

    this is so pretty!

  46. Denise Young says:

    I love this. Wish I could sew. Looks fantastic.

  47. Barbara says:

    Very cute!

  48. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I love it, Miss Fashionista! :) The yellow belt just makes everything pop. Too cute, Jen. :)

  49. You did a GREAT job! Love it!

  50. Jayna Rae says:

    Very cute!

  51. Vivienne says:

    It's adorable! You're so clever!!!

  52. The Pineapple Room says:

    That is amazing! SO SO SO CUTE!!!! I am going to have to revamp some of my cardigans too! Great Job…Love it!

  53. So cute! Why do I just donate sweaters I'm bored with? Why do I never think to re-make them into something fabulous?

  54. well..it's official! i need to learn how to sew!!!! that is soooooo cute! and…i bought that same yellow shirt the other day! love! :)

  55. What an adorable idea!! It looks awesome!!!

  56. That is Divine!!! I love it. And I happen to have that same Target cardigan. So I may have to borrow that idea and run with it. So fun!


  57. this. is. so. adorable!
    the end!!

  58. Ashley @ Life Is Beautiful says:

    Oh this is sooo cute!! I always see great scarves at Goodwill, but I don't wear them… Now I have to get some to snazz up some of my cardis!!

    -Many Smiles!

  59. This is so cute!

  60. Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya says:

    Gosh darn it Jen, you are ONE smart fashionable cookie.
    How is it that you didn't make a career in clothing design?
    this is awesome!

  61. Suzy @ Joy Is At Home says:

    This is so cute! I would never think to use a scarf!

  62. Kristina says:

    This is just too cute! I love the yellow and black! :)

  63. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Ah-dorable! I love it! I like that it adds so much color to the black. Soooooo cute!!!

  64. CUTE! And I have the ruffle top you are wearing under it but in orange. Twinkies!

  65. Jen-CraftOManiac says:

    SOOOO CUTE JUST LIKE YOU. I want to be skinny like you. Sighhhh! xo jen

  66. Chrystal's Corner says:

    Wow, I absolutely love this! You have taken a plain jane boring sweater and turned it into something exciting. I would love to own a sweater like that!

  67. so cute

  68. Blue Eyed Owl says:

    Adorable…you've inspired me. I think I'll work on a few of my old sweaters this summer to get them ready for next year :)

  69. Cool! I love the camera strap too!

    There is a Windows7 ad on here that is making your background green! It's strange looking. LOL!

  70. Elder Family says:

    Wow, super cute!

  71. So pretty! Love the colors in the ruffled pattern.

  72. Super adorable!!! I wish I was brave enough to try!!

  73. Love this!

  74. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    I love the ruffles on the sleeves:) I have that same sweater from Target and it is kind of plain! I may have to find some scarves to repurpose!

  75. Seriously! I need to learn to sew and FAST! Thank goodness tax returns are on their way. 😉 Love this, you did a great job!

  76. jcreviston says:

    Oh, can I send you a brown one I have?? I am so scared to do it myself!

    Soooo cute!

  77. I love it! Just fab!

  78. That is SOOOO cute!
    Where the heck do you get these ideas?!


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