Refashion: Oversize Cardi to Tunic Sweater

I’ve seen a few tutorials out there for converting sweaters into cardigans. Which I shall no doubt do at some stage. But what if you want to do it the other way round? Turns out it’s easy peasy…

I started with this thrifted cardigan. (£2). It’s a really nice fine knit but a little too boxy and shapeless as a cardi…

Flipped inside out and with right sides together I fastened the button placket all the way down so the placket ribbing was all aligned (no pins necessary!)

Next I serged all the way down with the edge of the placket, with the ribbing to the right of the blade so it got removed as I serged….

Here’s the new centre front seam all serged….

I like my sleeves elbow length. So I cut the bottom of the sleeves off, leaving a turning allowance of 2″…

…serged the new sleeve hems to prevent unravelling, turned, and hand stitched in place….

I used what was left of the sleeves to cut some oversized pockets for the front and edge stitched those in place using the stretch stitch on my standard machine…

…and that was it…

This was everything I had left…so a super minimal waste refashion. Can’t be bad 🙂

This is a great way to adapt oversized men’s cardis. I for one will be on the lookout for those on my next trip to the charity shop!

 

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40 Comments

  1. Kate January 4, 2015

    Brilliant! Makes me want to run out and buy an oversize cardigan. 🙂

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  2. Andrea January 4, 2015

    Oh so good! I love this remake and now need to make one. Lovely, as always 🙂

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  3. laia January 4, 2015

    Great idea!!!

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  4. donna January 4, 2015

    This is brilliant! Well done!

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  5. pandchintz January 4, 2015

    Fabulous idea!!. It looks great.

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  6. Carolina'sCallin January 4, 2015

    What a creative re-fashion! Love what you did 🙂 The pockets out of the leftover sleeves were especially clever. Enjoy!

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  7. dicca85 January 4, 2015

    Lovely…you can still save those buttons; they look kind of pretty!

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  8. DressUpNotDown January 4, 2015

    I have pockets on my sweater today and was just thinking, “Why don’t all my sweaters have pockets? Maybe I should add some?” Nice to see you did it with success! :o)

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  9. prolificprojectstarter January 4, 2015

    The tunic looks really elegant in an understated way – much more up to date than the cardy. You always have such great ideas.

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    • Portia Lawrie January 15, 2015

      Thankyou so much! I never wore it as a cardigan but am getting plenty of wear out of it now 🙂

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  10. Chris Butler January 5, 2015

    Love it!! Well done and thanks for inspiring us.

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  11. Anne January 5, 2015

    I love it!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-refashion-an-oversized-cardigan-to-a-chic-sweater-tunic/2015/01/05/
    –Anne

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  12. Tasha January 6, 2015

    Great transformation, and I particularly love that the added touch of the pockets!

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  13. Chiara Mulas January 7, 2015

    Very nice job indeed! 😀

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  14. Louise Perry January 7, 2015

    great work, you make it look so easy.

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  15. Portia Lawrie January 7, 2015

    It is Louise; give it a try! Px

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  16. SimpleFibreLife January 8, 2015

    Fantastic refashion. And to use the sleeves as pockets is genius 🙂

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    • Portia Lawrie January 15, 2015

      Well they were just sitting there looking at me… 😉

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  17. Alex January 15, 2015

    How amazing is this little refashion! I’ve just started following your blog, very inspiring!

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  18. Substance of Living January 18, 2015

    Forgot about this fabulous refashion until I read about your sweater to cardigan post. Thank you for sharing. In fact, there’s probably a big sweater or cardigan in my closet just waiting for a new life. If not, there’s a thrift shop down the road. 🙂

    I enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

    Cheers,
    Marie

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  19. Melissa January 28, 2015

    Cute! Pinned.

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  20. Fidike Mamivonat February 3, 2015

    Hi, Portia!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    I made a variant.

    http://mamivonat.blogspot.se/2015/02/egyszer-volt-hol-nem-volt-volt-egyszer.html

    Greetings from Sweden

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    • Portia Lawrie February 3, 2015

      Fidike! That is so cute! I love how you made it reflect your personal style and put your own spin on it 🙂
      Px

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    • Portia Lawrie February 3, 2015

      Fidike! That is so cute! I love how you made it reflect your personal style and put your own spin on it 🙂
      Px

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  21. TEMA May 17, 2015

    Thanks for posting this… I can see I’ve been thrifting for the wrong thing… mostly I look for large men’s t-shirts… now I will definitely be on the look out for large men’s cardigans. They are usually really nice and there seem to be scads of them. Love to re-fashion everything. You are doing a great job – love how you restyle…

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    • portia May 17, 2015

      Aw thanks Tema! Loads of potential in mens knitwear @

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  22. Lise March 20, 2017

    I love this! What a great idea. I now know what to look for in the charity shops…

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