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Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

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I owe a huge hug of gratitude to Kathleen at Grosgrain Fabulous. She posted 30 days of sweater embellishments on her blog. In those tutorials she took the most ho-hum sweaters from Goodwill and turned them into Cinderella-worthy tops.
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater
Because of her inspiring transformations, I was able to re-vamp two sweaters for the Blissdom conference, saving my bank account some precious pennies. (I used the savings to buy two pairs of cute PJs. Apparently PJs are mandatory after conference hours.)
And now, on to the transformation!
I started by resizing the sweater per Kathleen’s tutorial HERE.
Put the sweater on inside out and pin excess starting under the arm and ending at the hip.
Carefully (very carefully unless you want to become a pin cushion) remove the sweater. Stitch along the pinned line.
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater
Put the sweater back on to check the fit.
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater
If it looks good, go ahead and trim off the excess. (This reminds me of a nip and tuck surgery. {Sigh} If only trimming fat was this easy.)
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater


Next, grab some of those adorable felt roses we made the other day. (Rose tutorial HERE)  Lay them onto the sweater and play with the placements.


Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

When you are happy with the roses, pin them on with safety pins.

Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater


Sew on the roses with needle and thread.
And remove the safety pin once the rose is secure.
That’s it. Beautiful new cardigan from a $3 Goodwill sweater!
Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater


I added a knit belt that I sewed some roses and a hook and eye clasp on.


Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

Poor Buddy (aka Pretty Handy Dog), he’s not so sure about me leaving for Blissdom tomorrow.

Check out some more Goodwill and thrift store fashionista outfits at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

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36 replies
  1. Caitlin
    Caitlin says:

    I am new to your blog, (well, relatively new — I spent the holidays drooling over your amazing wrapping paper techniques!), and I just wanted to stop by and say 'Hi', and tell you how unbelievably impressed I am by this makeover! And you make it look so easy that even I (the totally sewing impaired) am tempted to try it. Keep up the great work! Caitlin

  2. Nutbird
    Nutbird says:

    Impressive! I may be tempted to buy an aqua cashmere hoodie sweater I saw today. I don't like hoodies. If you are over 40 they add too much visual weight to the back of the neck. Have a great time at Blissdom. Ann

  3. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    [email protected] Hand Me Down House says:

    Oh my gosh, Brittany — is there anything you CAN'T do!? 🙂 I love what you did with that sweater — it's adorable! I can't wait to see pictures from your Blissdom conference! I hope you have an absolutely WONDERFUL time! xo

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    You look beautiful. If you hadn't told us that it was a makeover, I would have thought you picked it up from the store. Enjoy Blissdom.


  5. Phyllis
    Phyllis says:

    I'm a little late with this, but congratulations on adopting Buddy. All my pets are rescue as well. Thanks for encouraging people to check petfinder for their next companion!

  6. Jen (Balancing BEauty and Bedlam)
    Jen (Balancing BEauty and Bedlam) says:

    YEA…so glad you joined in. This looks FABULOUS!! So fun to now have a real life friend to tie to the post. 🙂

  7. likenight
    likenight says:

    I LOVE this idea! I really don't have spare money to expand my wardrobe, so I'm looking forward to sprucing up some of the things I already have!

  8. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    Pretty Handy Girl….you amaze me… this time with you tremendous sense of humor. i needed this today. tax season in very ho humm….loved it

  9. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    Hello there and HELP! I crochet a cute sleeveless sweater and the arm hole part came out too big! The pattern was adjustable for different sizes, but it didn’t work out. It’s too big in the armpit. Can this be fixed and how? If it can’t what a wast. Thank you for your help.


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