Outfits · Vintage Finds

Self Drafted Cherry Sweater


Sometimes you just have to go for it. In sewing that is. I have this blue and red thrifted sweater, very 1980’s style to me, and I just love it. It’s such a great shape for my what I think are broad shoulders. I just can’t find this sweater’s silhouette anywhere. What’s one to do?

Detail of the knit

I found this great, stretchy knit fabric remnant at an antique/thrift store last week. It’s a cherry red color and for $3 for about two yards, it was mine. I went home and draped it over myself. Hmmm, it would make a great short sleeve sweater….


I cut around my favorite sweater and left about half and inch for a seam allowance. I did forget to add that half inch to the bottom though (ugh). So don’t forget to do that. I added maybe an inch give or take to the sleeves to give a look similar to my sweater.

I also cut a little neck “u” shape to the front neck part. Not too deep, but again to copy the “favorite sweater”.

Tada! Finished sweater! Payless shoes blogged about here

Tada! Finished sweater! It’s soooo hot in SA but I was determined to wear my new creation. The skirt is Goodwill thrifted, a vintage Adolph Schuman  (1970’s?). Fabric feels like a thicker silk? I love the jean look to the side topstitching and pockets. LOVE!


I have to admit I was very hesitant to wear a white skirt, as I have the worst luck wearing white. I did step very gingerly through parking lots in between cars and looked twice before sitting anywhere. So much pressure! AND in the above shot you can see that I sewed the wrong side to  the right side so the back of my sweater is actually inside-out. UGH. I’m going to ignore that lol….


Overall I’m very happy with my self drafted sweater. It’s not perfect but I’m content. For $3 I got a reasonable copy cat of my favorite sweater 🙂 Now to hunt for some other knit fabrics…..