DIY Open Back Sweater // Give an Old Sweater a New Look

DIY Open Back Sweater

Well, I forgot to take a before shot of me wearing this sweater, but you can see in the photo below that it was a simple crew neck, and it was a big snug and uncomfortable, and though I’ve had it for ages, I’ve never worn it. But it’s vintage. And I usually have a little heart palpitation when I think about cutting into something vintage, but I had no choice. It would remain in my closet for decades unworn or I could cut new life into it. And now, of course, I just love it. It’s far prettier with this open back than it was before, AND I can still wear a bra with it.

You can also see it in the Pretty Punk Princess ~ DIY Black Floral Head Crown from last week.

Here’s How I Did It…

DIY Open Back Sweater

* Using a white crayon, pencil, or chalk, carefully draw a soft V in the back of your sweater beyond the shoulder seam. Make sure you do not cut the shoulder seam across the top at all.

DIY Open Back Sweater

* With a sharp pair of scissors, cut along the INSIDE of your drawn line {or outside} whichever makes more sense to cut smaller than your drawn V and leave the white lines showing a bit.

DIY Open Back Sweater

* Thread your needle with matching thread and do an overhand hem stitch while rolling the edge in. Don’t do it so tightly that it gathers, stretch and lay your sweater flat before knotting your thread.

DIY Open Back Sweater

* It should look something like this.

DIY Open Back Sweater

* You CAN trim this excess off, BUT a better option {to prevent any unraveling} is to fold the edge under and carefully blind stitch it to secure it down to your sweater and finish it properly. It will leave tiny pucker marks on the opposite or “right” side, but it’s okay, they sort of add to the romance and make it a bit more unique. {I like them anyway… you can see it in the photo below and if you look closely in all the photos.}

Voila… Voila!

DIY Open Back Sweater

DIY Open Back Sweater

DIY Open Back Sweater

DIY Open Back Sweater

It’s a fantastic way to update an old sweater and even make an unwearable one, totally wearable, and even prettier than its origins. If you stitch it right, you shouldn’t have any issues washing it, but just to be safe hand wash OR machine wash in cold and lay flat or line dry.

Have Fun

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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.


  • CodeOverdressed

    August 13, 2013 |

    Looks superb! Amazing how just a little touch revamps the whole look and makes it so cool and stylish!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  • Malu Swartjes

    August 13, 2013 |

    So gorgeous!grea DIY, once again:) xx
    Discover my Stylish Confessions♥

  • Mana

    August 13, 2013 |

    I adore this! I definitely have a sweater or two that can do with this update.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Katie

    August 14, 2013 |

    Great idea! Looks fabulous.

    – Katie

  • Laure

    August 14, 2013 |

    Very nice,thanks for sharing that.

  • Anonymous

    August 14, 2013 |

    Fantastic idea, especially when a sweater is a bit too tight across the top and in the shoulder area. I’ll try this DIY very soon.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    August 15, 2013 |

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Rochelle Williams

    August 19, 2013 |

    This is perfect for all those sweaters that start to lose their shape around the neck. Can’t wait to recreate, thanks for sharing!

    Theyll Never Know

  • Jessica Christian

    August 26, 2013 |

    Such a quick & stylish tip! Alot of sweaters are laying in my closet like rotten eggs lol. Re-utilizing them this way would be truly phenomenal!

    PS you look so sexy 😉

    Love and kisses
    Jessica x

  • Viv

    November 25, 2013 |

    Your DIY are simple and refreshing! Thanks for sharing!

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