Two vintage sweater refashions – Modern to vintage-style

Hello I'm Sarita V and thanks so much
for joining me on my channel today we are focusing on "going vintage" and I am
converting my modern day wardrobe to a vintage styled wardrobe so today we have
two cardigans that are modern I owned one of them and I purchased one and we
are going to refashion them into something that will fit more of a
vintage styled wardrobe, the vintage silhouette and have some nicer design
elements. I hope you get some ideas for something you can do that's pretty
simple at home. The first sweater that I purchased was from the Goodwill Outlet. I
paid 80 cents for it. It had some interesting rhinestone buttons which was
really not my style it's from The Gap and has some really
nice materials: cotton wool and angora The next sweater is a horrible sweater
I've worn it and it makes me feel super frumpy it's big in the armpits it's way
too long it's too big in the waist it's a size small from Old Navy. I'm hoping to
crop it and hopefully it will fit me way better.

The first thing I do is measure
where I want it which is where those two pins are on the bust or right below the
bust and I trim off the knit ribbed waistband there. I'm going to cut it off
and reuse it at a higher higher place on the cardigan. I'm leaving about a half an
inch for seam allowance at the bottom I also the same thing on the black
cardigan. Now I'm looking at how to piece together the buttons because I wanted
the cardigan at a certain height but I didn't want to readjust where the
buttons were so I was a little limited to how high or how low it could place
the hem. So below the mark of where I want to cut the fabric I need to leave a
seam allowance so that's what I'm cutting out
here it's 5/8 inch below the pin and now I'm just going to cut that all the way
through it ended up being, ended up being about three and a half
inches off the cardigan that I'm trimming.

Here I'm just making sure
that the other side matches because even though I could measure three and a half
inches all the way around it doesn't mean that I would match in the front
these rulers or rotary color cutters are pretty awesome I do cut with scissors
but I like these pizza cutters way better. And I wish projects like these
really happened in fast-mo, fast forward motion because that would be
awesome if you could finish projects as quickly. So the next thing I'm doing is
I'm gonna trim off because I need to trim off my sleeves I'm trimming off the
ribbing here which I will use again and I also left enough room for a seam
allowance and I originally was just gonna shorten the sleeves to my wrists
so I cut off about three inches but I later decided that because it was white
and cropped and I felt like it was more of a summer sweater, I decided to cut off
another three inches and make it a three-quarter sleeve cropped cardigan
instead.

On my serger and you can do this with a normal sewing machine. But I at
this point decided to take in about an inch on the inside of the arm so all the
way down the sleeve through the armpit and then down through the side of the
sweater I did this once on each side where I did about a half inch or excuse
me about a half inch to an inch but I ended up redoing it again and took off
another inch so altogether is about an inch and a half to two inches on both
sides so that just tells you how big this sweater was pretty good for a small
size, huh? Now that I've cropped the sweater I'm
putting the hem back on.

I just pinned it in place and then
to the serger I wanted to cut right up into the ribbed area so that it went
from a nice soft sweater to the ribbed band. This was actually a lot easier than
I thought was going to be. I did do this on the black sweater and that's the only
sewing I did on the black sweater I took it up about three inches.

So the underarm
area didn't seem super secure so I felt like it was time to reinforce it. What
I'm doing here is replacing my walking foot a walking foot is really good to
use for Jersey knits and stretch fabrics so here I'm choosing a knit stitch – it's
kind of a sideways a zigzag. Now I'm starting at the wrist area and I'm going
back through and reinforcing the armpit area. The walking foot is really nice if
you've never used it. It actually – a normal sewing machine has the feed dogs
here and the walking foot will also have a pair of feed dogs where it'll actually
push the fabric through at the same time so what it does is it prevents any
bunching or allows the fabric to move through the sewing machine at the same
time so that's really great. If you've never experimented with one I
highly recommend it. So now that I finished that that my armhole is
actually a little bit smaller now so it's a lot easier to put the wristband
on.

You want to put right sides together pin them I pinned them in two places and
then surged these as well. I was a little worried about this but it actually was
pretty easy and there you see nice cuff – it looks
really nice. Alright so you're almost done so you got it
iron all of your seams. That's one step that you should never skip it's very
tempting to and now for the fun stuff time to replace the buttons here you can
see these rhinestone buttons they were so just not my style so I quickly
removed them.

I could still see where the buttons were so I didn't need to mark
them but if your sweater is in really good condition you might want to take
some chalk or some wax and mark where you want them. Now I'm switching out my
foot for a button foot and this is the first time I have ever used a button
foot to sew buttons on with the sewing machine I've I figured between the white
and black cardigan I had at least nine or ten buttons to do today so I thought
it was time to learn how to do them and I'm glad I did so I'm picking the button
setting on my sewing machine and what you do is you measure the distance
between your buttons for me it was four four millimeters so I was able to adjust
that the stitch width to four millimeters and then with your button
foot which holds the button in place you can set it in there very carefully – takes
a little patience to get it into the right spot.

You definitely want to hold
your string and then do two rounds with your hand turning to make sure it's in
the right place and then you can go to town and finish up the button. And my
machine actually finishes automatically you can see just did three stitches in a
row on the left side which means that it was actually finishing up the button.
Tying off isn't like the easiest thing ever and it you know it takes a little
bit of practice for finishing up the buttons but it was totally worth it [vintage music] that's all I have for today thanks so
much for joining me and I hope you came away with a few ideas it felt a little
inspired to not throw away your stuff but maybe just change them up and get a
little extra life out of something you already own.

My total cost for today's
projects were the white cardigan I owned and I've had it for probably five or six
years I used some buttons that I had around the house so those were free I
inherited them and then the black cardigan I spent 81 cents for the
sweater at the goodwill outlet and I bought the vintage buttons which cost
about eleven dollars and that included shipping. I have about another 10 extra
buttons so I have enough for a second project so we'll say all together that
the black cardigan cost me about 12 bucks but it it's a little less than
that so anyway I hope you enjoyed this and if you like this video please
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