Refashion: Fleece Sweatshirt to Minimalist Cropped Jacket

refashion a fleece sweatshirt into a cropped jacket

It’s been all about the cozy around here. Temperatures as we know have been less than balmy and Shedquarters has been a little chilly to say the least. So an extra layer (or two) has been a prerequisite recently. Enter this oatmeal coloured “blah” fleece!

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan (1)

“Blah” because of the shape. But the fleece itself is super soft and has the appearance of felted wool….except way way softer! So I set about chopping it up….and this is what I ended up with!turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

A cute little cropped cardi/jacket with simple lines, that sits just on the hip at the front and dips down at the back. Couldn’t be simpler really. No raw edge finishing required as the fabric doesn’t fray. Just a few cut’s and minimal sewing. You can apply this to any similar fleece or sweatshirt. Here’s what I did…turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Trimmed away the neckband close to the stitching and rounded off that V shape a little (optional)…

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Cut straight up the middle to create the opening….

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Cut a dipped/curved hem, removing the hem band in the process…

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Cut the sleeves down to my preferred “bracelet” length, leaving a little extra for turning…

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Turn and hem the cuffs and bottom hem…

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Turn and stitch a narrow hem arround the neckline. This would normally be a no no but as this fabric had a degree of stretch (and I didn’t have any fabric left for a facing) I went with it and it worked fine 🙂

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

Then turn under and stitch either side of the opening….

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

In all instances stitch as close to the raw edge as poss. This will give you a super clean finish and as you can see, that rule breaking I did with turning rather than facing the neckline? Not a problem 😉 Still a nice clean corner there . You can also see a double row of stitching along the vertical edge of the opening. (Partly decorative. Partly functional)

turn a aweatshirt into a cropped cardigan

And that’s that! It’s a perfect little extra layer to chuck on and much much less blah than the original! Even better, it takes about 30 mins. Gotta love fleece/sweatshirt fabric! More sweatshirt stuff coming up this week. Watch this space!

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20 Comments

  1. Victoria Maus January 25, 2016

    You and your rule breaking… #whatwillPatsay I like this quick refashion though, might be a good option for a few sweatshirts my girls have that don’t quite fit anymore 🙂

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  2. Chris Griffin January 25, 2016

    Could you add some grosgrain ribbon to allow for buttons and buttonholes?

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    • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

      Absolutely. Or a zip. Or snaps. ?

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      • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

        You may want to think about how overlapping the opening will impact the shape and position of the neckline and shoulders though. Px

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  3. Camilla January 25, 2016

    I love that mushroom colour. From frumpy sweatshirt to chic cardi!

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    • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

      Can’t beat a good neutral right Camilla?!

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  4. Chris January 25, 2016

    that worked out really well…
    in the pictures it almost looks like cashmere.

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    • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

      It does kinda look like felted cashmere in real life Chris!

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  5. lisa San Francisco Bay Area January 25, 2016

    I have an oversized and overpriced cashmere v neck pullover that I never wear because I feel so dumpy in it and your idea could save it! I will probably have to stabilize the edges for the stitching –maybe an ultra lite knit interfacing?

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    • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

      Yeah, that could work. I’ve successfully zig zagged knit edges before. Maybe a bias facing would give a cleaner finish? Or bind the edges?

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  6. Hélène January 25, 2016

    Lovely! What a simple and effective refashion. I love that your pictures are always very clear with close-ups that really illustrate the process. Great work.

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    • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

      Aw thanks Helene! Clear pictures are better than a thousand words I think!

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  7. Alison January 25, 2016

    That’s amazing! Brilliant, simple idea. I’m inspired and have some suitably boring fleeces that are now for the chop. Thanks for the idea.

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    • Portia Lawrie January 25, 2016

      You’re welcome. Simple projects are the BEST 🙂

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  8. Amelia January 27, 2016

    This is so much more chic than a big sweatshirt! Definitely tempted to give this a go, especially in this dreary cold weather!

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  9. agnes January 27, 2016

    January 27 2016

    This is so much more chic than a big sweatshirt! Definitely tempted to give this a go
    Agnes

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  10. Jenny Bowman January 28, 2016

    I love this! I am tempted now to steal all those sweatshirts my other half says are ‘too snug’ when I ask why he never wears them, I think a slightly oversized one would look great with jeans. Hummmmm I wonder what other colours he has?

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  11. Lynda Scott January 29, 2016

    This may be a dumb question but……you’ve cut the lower him on a slant but is the back or the front longer? Love the look of this cardigan and I really want to make at least one!

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    • Portia Lawrie January 29, 2016

      The back is longer Linda. 🙂

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  12. Vicky Houlson June 25, 2016

    I just love this idea. You make it look so easy. Keep the projects coming. 🙂

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