October’s Party and an Easy Sweater Refashion

“October gave a party;The leaves by hundreds came – The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.”

Author: ~George Cooper, “October’s Party”

I love fall.

I love sweaters, soup, football, leaves, fires, and all that comes with the cooler weather.

This thrift store sweater was the perfect color to bring my newly refashioned skirt into fall.

But it was too big.

The wrong fit is such a common problem with thrift store clothing, but that is something that can be fixed quickly and easily.

This was a wonderful Pendleton sweater and on their website, there was a similar cable sweater for $138.00.

All you have to do is be brave and start cutting, pinning and sewing.

And for fifty cents I have a beautiful Pendleton sweater to go with my refashioned skirt.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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55 Responses to October’s Party and an Easy Sweater Refashion

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful remake on this sweater.
    I’m going to try this

  2. I have a few sweaters that could use your magic touch! I may just need to be brave and do them myself!

  3. LOVE the sweater . . . AND the poem! 🙂

  4. Very nice AND you make it look sew easy!

  5. Marti says:

    I love that! I would love for you to post it at my SHOW-licious Sunday Craft Showcase! http://sewliciousdecor.wordpress.com/

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  7. It’s too dang cute now.

    I went to an estate sale this weekend and there were sooooooo many amazing garments but they were huge. They needed you to refashion them.

  8. Lynn says:

    I love your site and all that you do. I am resizing sweaters and other clothes for orphans in Kenya. We are going back Tenwek Hospital in December and will give orphans more than 60 dresses and skirts and sweaters that I refashioned. I always read your site as far back as I can go to get ideas. Thank You So Much!

  9. ReStitch Me says:

    You went from your sweater saying OL (old lady) to chic! 🙂 Great refashion.

  10. Evalyn says:

    I never would have attempted this – especially with a Pendeleton sweater. But you have given me courage – lovely makeover. When you pinned up the shoulder to re-size the armhole, my brain just went: Of Course.

  11. lisasgarden says:

    Very smart refashion. That would be $5 at my thrift store; for 50 cents it is a steal. I have sweaters I bought at conventional stores that are too big in the shoulders and armholes that could use the same tailoring techniques. Time to get brave and start cutting!

  12. jakki says:

    One of my favorite poems from one of my favorite people

  13. adaisygarden says:

    Great job! Those “little” sweaters are so convenient and nice to have in different colors, especially now that the weather is a little cooler.

  14. Jo H. says:

    You did a lovely job on this. You’ve given me courage to start refashioning too. At the price of thrift clothing, it’s really not a big problem if the first ones don’t turn out, but your directions are very helpful. My biggest issue is pinning the sweater – I do not have a dressmaking form so there is a lot of trying on that has to happen 🙂

  15. Sandra says:

    I REALLY need to figure out how to use my fancy previously owned sewing machine. Then maybe I can restyle something pretty too.

  16. Truly a talented seamstress. Like all masters at your craft….you assume because it’s easy for you, we can all do it. What you have, my dear, is talented eyes and talented fingers. But you certainly make it look easy enough….what the heck….I’m inspired to give it a go!

    • So many nice compliments, thank you so much! If I inspire you to try this…..then that’s the biggest compliment of them all! Please let me know if you do try something, I’d love to see what you make!!!
      Happy Saturday!

  17. Anabel says:

    Hi there! It’s been a while since I wanted to start sweater refashions, but I’m afraid the garment will unravel. Did you use an ordinary, straight stitch? Did everything keep in place?
    See you! 🙂

    • Hi Anabel,
      Yes, everything stayed in place. This is probably the question I get asked the most. I didn’t have any problem with the sweater unraveling and I used a regular straight stitch. Hope this helps!

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  19. Heather-Joan Carls says:

    Ok. So what do you do if the sleeves are too small? I cannot find anything anywhere addressing that issue. Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

  20. Anonymous says:

    Very cute! Did you remember to save the extra button sewn to the seam that you cut off when you trimmed your sweater? 🙂

  21. Rita says:

    I have made sweaters tighter on the side seams but never tried resetting a sleeve. Did you use the same method you would do for any other fabric? I think it would come out very stretched. Do you have a tutorial or a picture of how you did it?


  22. K.D. says:

    Thank you so much for your fabulous instruction photos and the encouragement to be brave and start cutting!

  23. Lou Russo says:

    Hello Renegade! You must be an October baby too! I loved the poem and have to share it with my grandkids too. I also love your creative mind and beautiful work turning “trash into treasure.” I am sure Miss Weather and Professor Wind appreciate your work on behalf of the planet, as do I. I’m going to look at old clothing as a new fabric source, thanks to you. All the best to you, I look forward to more of your projects!

  24. Mary Young says:

    Just got your book and love it. I learned this tip recently for too large neck neckline. Open the shoulder seam to the sleeve. Open the sleeve seam slightly.. Kind of make a dart. Sew from the sleeve to the neckline about two inches wide. By not cutting through the sleeve cap you can easily reattach the sleeve to the adjusted sleeve. So far I have fixed two knitted items.

  25. Janis Peterson says:

    This Post is an old one but maybe you could still answer a question. How come you couldn’t just go up the side seam and then start curving around the armpit to blend into the arm? Why do you have to cut off and reattach the arm? I’m glad to see you are sewing it with a machine. I thought maybe the seam would look wavy and not may real flat. I was going to do my sweater by hand with some embroidery floss or something.

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