You’ve been there. Shopping, I mean. You’re in the Lucky Brand store and feel quite frenzied because they’re having the holy grail of all sales, a “50% off the lowest price” sale. You find this cute little item for a song, take it home only to realize that it really doesn’t look that great. You try to take said item back only to realize – duh – this was a “final sale, no return” item.
You must great creative if the item is to be salvaged along with your pride and good graces with the hubby. I got the following idea for a super easy cardigan alteration after viewing this tutorial on the Angry Chicken blog. After tweaking, this is what I did.
This is the item. A cute little jacket which, unfortunately, hung a little boxy.
Before:
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notice the sleeves, wasn’t too crazy about them either.
I know, apparently there wasn’t much that I liked about the jacket once it came home.
So…
I cut the band off of the sleeve. This is a knit fabric, so no raveling.
I cut about 1/4″ above the band, creating a tiny ruffle. Hmm….
Must be something I can do with this.

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I gather the back of the jacket into little pin tucks and basted.
Then I pinned the strip of the sleeve band across and zig-zagged.
(perfect for hiding unsightly seams)

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End result – a cute little fitted cardigan. Now I’m loving it,
even the sleeves, which by the way, I don’t have to hem. Added bonus.
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Must say, I’m feeling a little Anthro 🙂

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