DIY Christmas Sweater from an Oldy but Goody!

Find & Fix it Friday:

This project is a total expression of my passion for thriftiness and design savvy.  I have always adored giving new life to things that had previously been cherished because of quality, but have since lost their luster due to age or fashion shifts.  I get such a kick out of restoring value to things.  I mean, I think it’s safe to call it a high, and that I am always jonesing for that rush.  The rush I have when I get something on the cheap, that was once highly valuable, and turn it into something valuable once more.  Serious rush!

Case in point.  I am not sure if you are familiar with Harrods of London, but I must tell you that their cashmere sweaters are the pinnacle of all luxuries.  The quality is astounding, the thickness is like nothing you will EVER find at Costco and the softness is practically unparalleled.  Quintessential is all that I can say!  If you click the link and browse the Harrods site, you will quickly learn that a Harrods cashmere sweater will easily set you back $500.  Gulp.  Yes, these are no ordinary cashmere sweaters.  They are a luxury that I have always admired.

So, imagine my surprise when I discovered this little gem at the GoodWill Outlet.


Yup, I spent a whopping $2 for a sweater that originally cost about $500!  Ummmm….that is a studly purchase for sure.  Basically, the purchase alone made my heart skip many beats.  But, my heart almost stopped short when I discovered some tartan inspired taffeta in a bin over.  Now, my creativity was starting to flow.  It was time to whisk my new finds back home to where I could play with scissors and needles.  Yes, you heard me right: scissors.  I am not crazy, just not crazy about the mock turtleneck styling of my new Harrods cashmere sweater.  What to do?  Why cut it of course!!


By simply cutting around the mock turtleneck and adding a seven inch slit down one shoulder, I was ready to start stitching and creating.


I chose to fold the seam outward and give it a simple whip stitch, so that I would embrace the funky deconstructed look that I was giving my new/old sweater.


Next, it was time to borrow some fabulous “tartan” from that taffeta wrap I found.  Cutting two strips, I quickly and easily attached them by sewing them to the top of both sides of my seven inch slit.  The result was a lovely off-the-shoulder design that is feminine and fresh.  Basically, the total opposite of a mock turtle neck.


I hope that you are inspired to salvage an old sweater, too!  Yes, a Harrods cashmere sweater is an ideal, but you can totally make this with a variety of sweater types.  Just make sure that you love the color and the texture before you bother with needle and thread.

Happy crafting!



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