Wannabe Wednesday: Brrrrrrr! Edition

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I am beyond sick to death of all this cold weather.  Where the hell is Spring?  Seriously?!  I’m sick of jackets and winter refashions.  Cold weather just sucks the energy right out of my pores.  I’ve got lots of ideas for some fab warm weather refashes…but for now *sigh* I still need to wear cozy sweaters to keep warm.  :/  Meh.

I’d looooove to have this sweater by Eileen Fisher right here:

That'll be
That’ll be $198.

But all I have is this sweater my mom decided she didn’t like and handed off to me:

I think it was the whole mock turtleneck thing...
I think it was the whole mock turtleneck thing…

I like the drapey body/fitted sleeves combo of the original version.  Let’s see if I can eek out something similar!

First, I cut off the neck riiiiight where it was sewn on to the body of the sweater.  This means it won’t fray and I won’t have to finish it off with my sewing machine.

Lazy, I know.
Lazy, I know.

Now for taking in the rest of it!  The only parts I really want to take in are the sleeves and the bottom.   I just sort of wung it (past tense for wing????)!

Meh...Should work out fine!
Meh…Should work out fine!

Then, I put it through my machine, making one smooth arc.

It's just one big line, y'all!
It’s just one big line, y’all!

After trimming the sides, I still needed to take a good chunk off the sleeves and bottom if my sweater was going to look anything like the inspiration piece.

Artsy sleeve-shortening shot!
Artsy sleeve-shortening shot!
Not-so-artsy bottom chopping shot!
Not-so-artsy bottom chopping shot!

Then, I stitched up those edges with a zigzag.

The stitch that zigs!
The stitch that zigs!

Now my copycat is complete!  :)

My skirt is an old sweater tube top!  Double Refash!
What is going on with my eyes???  :/

I didn’t quite ace this one.  :( My sweater really needs a band around the bottom, and the shape is a bit off from the original, but I think I can TOTALLY nail it next time.  Learning new stuff it cool.  :)  My new  sweater is certainly good enough for a birthday dinner in honor of one swell fella!

Happy Birthday, Ryan!!! :D
Happy Birthday, Ryan!!! :D
Mmmmnnnn!  Ice Cream Cake!!!!
Mmmmnnnn! Ice Cream Cake!!!!
Birthday Lovin' Buds!  :)
Birthday Lovin’ Buds! :)
We still love him, even though he's a Florida fan!  ;)
We still love him, even though he’s a Florida fan! ;)

Original Cost:  $198

Copycat Cost: FREE (Thanks Mom!)!!!!

Savings:  $198!!!!


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40 thoughts on “Wannabe Wednesday: Brrrrrrr! Edition

  1. Jillian, it may not be an exact copycat, but it’s close enough for government work. I actually really like yours better than the original. I’m not really a fan of shirts with bands at the bottom, so your lack of band is what I really love about this. But if your going for something that is more similar to the original, I think the bottom band is probably all you’ll need.

  2. I like yours better too! The inspiration piece is more boyfriend-ish while yours is pretty and feminine. Pretty and feminine works better with that color and pattern :)

  3. Wow! This is amazingly close and I like yours better. When I saw a sweater at the beginning, I was sure it was going to end in a pile of tangled yarn at the end. I’m completely impressed.

  4. I agree with the crowd. I like your version so much better. I’m not a big fan of bands on the bottom. To me, they make most bodies look more matronly. That color also looks really good on you.

  5. Hmmmm…Fashionista request………Can you do a refash on a pullover cardigan(Like- short dress length-) made into a open front cardigan? I have a dozen like that that I would LOVE to redo- but am afraid will start to unravel the second I cout into them with the scissors!!! Help????
    Signed with much love,
    Your biggest fan in England.

  6. You totally aced it! I don’t even like the original (the model’s pose and facial expression don’t help). Your sleeve length is sooooo much more flattering! I always think your refashions are better than the originals, but this one especially.

  7. Love this refashion!! And that skirt/tights/heels combo is to die for!! Is that skirt made from a sweater or did you just get lucky and find a fricken sweet skirt? Also, the color combo is something I soon feel I need to replicate!

  8. This is such a great idea. DIY is huge these days and you have found a way to make something go from blah to fabulous. I am so excited to share this with my friends and attempt to create one of my own. Definitely a great way to update and recycle what is already in your closet.

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