An Easy Little Sweater ReConstruct

sweater over a denim shirt with jeans_reconstructing an ugly sweater

I’ve had this sweater forEVER. It’s vintage. I found it a decade ago at a thrift shop and have only worn it once. Yet every time I try to get rid of it, I just can’t. But the thick knit {or crochet?} combined with the large waist band is just horribly unflattering. So, the other day, it dawned on me to just cut the sucker off. And now it’s 10 times cuter and much more wearable in these times of 90’s throw-back-girlie-grunge. And no, I’m not worried about it unraveling a bit. I almost cut the neckline as well but left it for now. I could also become cropped at some point… TBD.

sweater on zebra rug

Tip: lay your sweater flat and cut around the front, then the back, not both layers at the same time. And if your knit has a pattern, follow it for a more finished look.

cutting a sweater


cut off sweater over ruffle dress _  in my office



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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • David M. Thill, Esq.

    August 24, 2011 |

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  • Sarah Jean

    August 24, 2011 |

    *Ugh, it keeps logging me in as my fiance*

    Anyway, I have a knitted sweater like that, and I was thinking about modifying it. Looks great! Bravo!

  • Gawgus things...

    August 24, 2011 |

    What a clever idea! It looks sooo much prettier 🙂

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    August 24, 2011 |

    Totally agree, looks so much better now! Can’t wait to see how you style it 😉


    Fashion Fractions

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    August 24, 2011 |

    now why didn’t i think of that? it really does look more flattering without the waistband. i love the expression on your face in the last pic…it looks like “hey…i kinda like the way this looks”! =) so cute.

    ~xo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Kez

    August 24, 2011 |

    Pretty!!!! 🙂

  • Nadine

    August 24, 2011 |

    Wow, I can’t believe what a difference it makes! Looks fantastic. (It’s definitely knit, not crochet.) Love that informal barefoot mirror shot – you look so cute! 🙂

  • Charlotte

    August 24, 2011 |

    That looks so much better with only doing that to it, hmm… I don’t think any of my jumpers (sweaters) will have waistbands by the end of the day…

  • Anonymous

    August 24, 2011 |

    You look adorable barefoot! I feel like we only see you in heels! So cute!

  • CessOviedo

    August 24, 2011 |

    It’s amazing what just a little cut here and there can do, as always I’m feeling inspired! Love the contrast of knit grey and coral ruffles, cute!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Lili

    August 24, 2011 |

    True, it’s much more likable this way 🙂 I can feel my waistbanded sweaters trembling in my closet ^^

    Relatable Style

  • Shuffleboard Tables

    August 24, 2011 |

    Looking sizzling and prettier

  • ambra

    August 24, 2011 |

    love the DYI. u have so many fabulous ideas!!

  • K.M.

    August 24, 2011 |

    I love your DIY..think I’m gonna try to do it too and post it on my blog..
    Your room came out so beautiful..♥

  • Evy

    August 24, 2011 |

    wow nice idea! looks really good on you like this. lovely blog

  • .life is reediculous.

    August 24, 2011 |

    your office/dressing room is so divine! i think i need some confetti system in my life…

  • wdmk

    August 24, 2011 |

    That looks like a totally different sweater! So simple but worth it!

  • Della

    August 24, 2011 |

    Great tip! I’ll keep that in mind when I go sweater thrifting. I love how slouchy it looks! Rachel Zoe-esqe!

  • *Sparkles*

    August 24, 2011 |

    So cute maegan!! I love the loose cropped look but I always am nervous if I try to pull it off I’ll look un-polished, or not as ‘put together’ for work… do you have any tips/tricks on how to style these tops so that one looks more put together? I’m a little bit curvy if that makes a difference in the styling — thanks!!

  • Angela

    August 24, 2011 |

    Super cute! Did you have to seal the bottom in some way so that it won’t unravel?

  • loftyappetite

    August 24, 2011 |

    wow! such a simple change, but such stunning results. I am very inspired!

  • Taylere

    August 24, 2011 |

    Simply perfect! Why is it that I can never think of simple things like this to fix the things I never wear? Well, nevertheless- I have JUST the sweater to try this with- can’t wait.
    p.s.- did your “refashion an old sweatshirt” diy the other day- looks awesome! Thanks for being awesome!
    <3 Taylere
    Ordinary Vixen

  • Jaclyn T

    August 24, 2011 |

    Nice…I love 90s grungie girlie looks!

    If it does unravel, you could use a zig-zag stitch at the hem…

  • Shannon

    August 24, 2011 |

    Some advice: Check the fabric content. 100% wool will be less likely to fray. Cotton or any blend will almost certainly fray on a loose knit. As Jaclyn T said, hitting the edge with a zig-zag stitch in a matching color certainly wouldn’t hurt.

  • Craftmaker

    August 24, 2011 |

    That is a great idea! And so easy! Did you make sure it doesn’t unravel? It wouldn’t be much of a problem if you cut it carefully.

  • Sneza

    August 24, 2011 |

    It’s amazing how much better it looks! I wonder if it would look even better without the sleeve cuffs and the neckline ribbing.

    Such a great color — I get why you don’t want to throw it away!

  • Tyra Davis

    August 24, 2011 |

    That actually DID come out really pretty. It has a relaxed but delicate, romantic feel. LOVE!

  • Fash Boulevard

    August 24, 2011 |

    the perfect fix. i love this. thanks for another incredible post. Would love if you’d check out my brand new outfit post and newest accessory find. xoxo

    Don’t forget to follow on twitter for all the latest fashion gossip from an LA stylist.!/FashBoulevard

  • Natalya's Closet

    August 24, 2011 |
  • modanista junkie

    August 24, 2011 |

    Oooh love what you did to the sweater!!!


  • Anonymous

    August 24, 2011 |

    Looks so much cuter with out the band! Love it! Where is the dress from that you have under it! Such a pretty color!!

  • Jackie Welling

    August 24, 2011 |

    This makes me want to go to Savers right now and find something to modify!!! So creative

    Oh and I JUST posted a giveaway on my blog if anyone would like to check it out!

    ClassyCleverChic Giveaway

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    August 24, 2011 |


  • Charles

    August 24, 2011 |

    what a huge difference, Maegan! It looks amazing. I also love the way you styled it and your shoes in the background 🙂

  • business cards online

    August 25, 2011 |

    Wow that sweater is absolutely nice! You’re really a genius when it comes to craftiness and DIY. It just went perfectly.

  • mauishopgirl

    August 25, 2011 |

    Great idea! I’m on the curvier side (not to mention super short) so this’ll really work for me. I could see the neck going and maybe even the sleeves too. Then layer over a cute tank. Would work for sweatshirts too.

  • Anonymous

    August 25, 2011 |

    I’ll bet you will do a DIY with the band, too. I’m thinking…..but can’t think of anything. Maybe an embellished cummerbund? Headband?? I’m sure you will figure out something. Anyway, I have a similar sweater (ivory/cream) with a slight V-neck. I keep running across it in the bottom of my linen closet!…..I, too, for many years, couldn’t manage to donate it. Well, now I will DIY it!! Have a great Thursday, Friday, and weekend, Sunshine!!

  • Susan

    August 25, 2011 |


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    August 25, 2011 |
  • Refashion Reuse Recycle

    August 26, 2011 |

    Did you save the waistband you cut off? When you said you were thinking of making it a cropped sweater I envisioned it with the waistband added back on and then worn with a tank. Your call 🙂

  • Matter Of Style

    August 30, 2011 |

    a little rework for a remarkable result! great job!

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