Upcycled Cashmere Peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

A great place to find bargains at your thrift store is in the men’s section.

So often we women buy our men wonderful cashmere sweaters as gifts. We imagine ourselves snuggling up to our sweetie pie, watching movies, and feeling luxurious next to some manly cashmere.

But usually our men have other ideas. Let’s face it, cashmere just doesn’t seem to work in hunting camp or on the fishing boat. Woodsmoke and worm guts don’t seem to work with cashmere for some reason.  Needless to say, after that warm, cozy, soft sweater sits, unworn, in the closet for several years, off to the thrift store it goes.

Lucky for me!!!

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

I found this soft beautiful cashmere hiding behind a bunch of scratchy old acrylic sweaters at the DI for three bucks!


upcycled cashmere peplum

However, it is WAY too big and droopy!!

No problemo!

Let’s make a peplum to go with the new polka dot skirt I made using my custom skirt pattern and some fabric I found at the thrift store for a quarter. It’ll be nice for a transition outfit going into spring.

Here we go:

Turn your sweater inside out and get started.

upcycled cashmere peplum6

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

Finish the bottom of the peplum with navy silk bias tape.

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

Now, I’m pretty sure this cashmere sweater is going to be much happier as a peplum being covered in perfume than it would’ve been as a man’s sweater covered in sweat, woodsmoke, and worm guts.

upcycled cashmere peplum

upcycled cashmere peplum

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33 Responses to Upcycled Cashmere Peplum

  1. Laurie says:

    That transformation is amazing!

  2. Claudia says:

    I love this ! Peplums are so feminine and classy. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Yes Beth! That’s it right there. Lol. You made the skirt. Yaaayy! You are on the move mama. And you find the best deals. Great job!

    • I did make the skirt. It’s fun to put the time and effort into something when you know it’s going to fit perfectly when its finished. I think pencil skirts are going to be my new signature look. SUPER comfy! Thanks as always for your nice comments. It’s fun to be in such a nice community of people who like doing what I do.
      Happy sewing!

  4. jan too! says:

    What a great project! You are my new hero!!!! I look forward to reading all of your transformations….thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Very cute……and soft!

    • Thanks, Paula! I have to say, I’m going to make it my personal mission to find all the cashmere I can possibly find at my thrift stores. I want to wear it everyday. The feel against my skin is like no other. I have a new love.

  6. That’s amazing! I have a friend who bought a really cute off white cable knit fishing sweater. I’m sure it’s called something else – but anyway. It was a peplum and adorable. But 200 smackeroos!!! Not that cute! So now I’m heading to the thrift store and find one and re-do it like you have taught me!!! Thanks!!!

  7. That’s super cute: well done!

  8. Anny says:

    Now that is seriously adorable!! I’m inspired!

  9. Steph A says:

    Wow! It looks fantastic! I’m so inspired by your transformations!

  10. Virginia Fisher says:

    Wow! I love what you are doing. The Salvation Army is my favorite shopping place and now I have new items to look for. Thanks for the inspiration Beth.

    • Thanks, Virginia! Once you start refashioning, thrift store shopping has a whole new meaning. So many possibilities. I hope you’re staying warm up there in wild Alaska. I miss playing Bunko with you! Those were fun times!

  11. missmarys says:

    Love this refashion. You have a way of envisioning that I haven/’t embraced yet.

  12. so cute!! i had no idea that old navy even did anything with cashmere. i love this tutorial i’m definitely going to try it out :))

  13. Lisa Moore says:

    Another inspirational refashion!! LOVE it and looks adorable on you! Great find on the cashmere – will keep my eyes open from here on out 😉

  14. Jo H. says:

    This outfit looks SO nice on you! Lovely job on both pieces.

  15. When you cut a sweater – like up the front to make a cardigan – how do you finish the edge to avoid raveling?

  16. cale says:

    YOU are the best sewcreativity women:)))

  17. I’ve been collecting cashmere for some time as part of a quilting project so I don’t mind if they have moth holes and such – I can confirm that there are a lot of wonderful sweaters out there. I recently picked up a fabulous alpaca sweater 4 sizes to large with a nifty hole right in front at the waistline. This sweater has been waiting for inspiration and I think this is it! What a wonderful idea and it looks so nice on you. Thank you for posting this.

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