diy: tie-front cropped sweater

Inspired by the Acne version I saw on my-wardrobe.com, I thought I’d try and DIY my own on the cheap. It’s a bit of a hack job, but oh well. All that’s needed is a cheap sweater ($9 from Big W), some scissors, and basic sewing skills (optional). Longer sweaters are probably better so you can get the proper length needed to tie a decent sized bow on the front. Otherwise, use the material that you’ve cut off to extend the ties (which is what I did – hence the sewing skills).

Cut the ribbed band off before drawing up your outline.
Cut to your desired length of ‘cropped-ness’ and create something similar to this shape.
Extend the ties if necessary. Leave the hem raw, or sew for a neater finish. Tie the front and ta-da! Dunzo.

48 Comments

  1. Tink Simplicity April 14, 2011

    How sweet. I want to try this now.

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  2. isabelle April 14, 2011

    LOVE IT SOPH!

    drinkteabecontent.blogspot.com

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  3. Rose Petals in the Rain April 14, 2011

    I love it. I love Acne jumpers but I just can’t justify spending +$200.00 for what is essentially a jumper … Unlike other items of clothing it’s fairly simple to find a cute jumper for a low price and still be reasonably happy with the quality.

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  4. sara April 14, 2011

    this is adorable! what a fantastic diy, thanks!

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  5. Mat April 14, 2011

    that's pretty inventive! good job

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  6. Joy April 14, 2011

    Cute this is too creative!

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  7. Marinka April 15, 2011

    wow that is great. I am amazed , I wish I could do such a diy myself πŸ˜›
    Anyway I like the color of the sweater you chose its really cute ^^

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  8. soph (owl vs. dove) April 15, 2011

    @Tink: do it! it takes next to no time at all.

    @isabelle @sara @mat @joy: thaaanks

    @RosePetals: my thoughts exactly.

    @Marinka: glad you like it! I was a bit worried that there's been too much pink on this blog lately haha

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  9. This is a really cool idea, I can't wait to try it!

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  10. Lyndall April 15, 2011

    Lovely! It makes me think of the costumes in 'Fame' somehow πŸ™‚

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  11. I am Vintage Lover April 15, 2011

    Soph I love this!! Makes me very happy. I did an Acne DIY the other day with a blouse, thanks for reminding me to post! Xox

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  12. LUU H. April 15, 2011

    I think I have said many times before, you must be the queen of DIY!

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  13. Jo April 15, 2011

    Goodness, I'll have to try it! You make it look so easy!

    x
    http://www.lostinthehaze.com

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  14. Blithely Unaware April 15, 2011

    WAH!!!

    I'm going to do this tomorrow!!!

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  15. Twobreadsplease April 15, 2011

    this is soooo gorgeous! love that it's in pink too, got some clueless vibes going on x

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  16. Sonia April 15, 2011

    Aaagh this is amazing, i'm going to try it now, it's lovely x

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  17. Mirror of Fashion April 15, 2011

    What a great idea! Gotta try this out myself!

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  18. liza April 15, 2011

    That's awesome, trying it for sure. Especially for nine bucks, wow!

    xx

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  19. LA April 15, 2011

    Great idea! I'll try it, it's a cool way to wear a hoodie!

    LA

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  20. emily April 15, 2011

    genius. i really like your version, the smaller bow makes it cuter.

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  21. welcometodeutschland April 15, 2011

    i actually like yours better then the acne version!

    xoxo,
    welcometodeutschland.blogspot.com

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  22. yiqin; April 15, 2011

    love the color πŸ˜›

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  23. Danyell Peterson April 15, 2011

    SO cute I love the bow!

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  24. soph (owl vs. dove) April 16, 2011

    @VintageLover: oooh can't wait to see your DIY!

    @LuuH: thanks very much. Although I think that crown should definitely go to Geneva from A Pair and a Spare!

    @BlithelyUnaware: YEYYY

    @Twobreadsplease: hell yes Clueless! "do you prefer fashion victim, or ensembly challenged?" hahah love that movie

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  25. Victoria April 16, 2011

    sooo cute! i want to try!

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  26. isabelle April 16, 2011

    to be honest.. i think it was probably your post with that dungaree dress that has sparked this love!!
    eyes are out thrifting now!

    drinkteabecontent.blogspot.com

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  27. danniekate April 16, 2011

    that's so cool! thumbs up for DIY πŸ™‚ xx

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  28. Rachelous April 16, 2011

    That's such a great tutorial, I bet the top looks great on you! x

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  29. Blush & Flats April 16, 2011

    LOVE IT ! such a beautiful colour too <3

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  30. claire (jazzpad.) April 16, 2011

    LOL at the "skillz=optional"… I definitely don't possess any but I can wield scissors pretty well. Love the bow you've got going on at the front β™₯ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  31. sarah deetz April 17, 2011

    I think this is super neat! Well done Soph!

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  32. M & Em April 17, 2011

    Ohhh, I love it! You did an amazing job!

    xoxo
    Em

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  33. fydezflightoffancy April 17, 2011

    This is a sweet DIY! I would definitely try it! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Love your blog so much! I'm glad I found it!

    XX

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  34. michelle April 17, 2011

    so glad i came across your blog πŸ™‚

    i was trying to search up some sass n bide jeans i got on sale, n ur ones from a post came up ha..

    love this, following
    The Dress Up Corner
    x

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  35. Catherine April 17, 2011

    I love this! I am definitely trying it!

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  36. The Velvet Bow April 17, 2011

    Soph! This is brilliant! I want to rush to the shops to grab a sweater so I can try this asap. Too bad it's almost midnight 😐

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  37. her persona April 17, 2011

    i freaking love this

    http://www.herpersona.blogspot.com

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  38. Fauve April 17, 2011

    What a nice diy! Love

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  39. Andrea April 17, 2011

    I really love your blog, so beautiful!
    Following you now.

    Hugs from Andrea

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  40. chow (heart+bleecker) April 18, 2011

    dude this is AWESOME. i wish i had half your skills, i can't sew or alter things at all!
    This sweater looks fantastic, the colour, the bow, i love it!

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  41. Dream of Idaho April 18, 2011

    amazing colour and DIY! I want!

    http://www.dreamingofidaho.blogspot.com

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  42. Sari April 20, 2011

    So cute, a really good idea!

    http://reborn.webblogg.se

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  43. Floralist April 22, 2011

    Thats so cute! : ) I might have to try this out myself!

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  44. Julia Topaz April 25, 2011

    really really really adorable

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  45. Star above Parvati April 29, 2011

    I'm going to try this, this weekend. Awesome DIY. Thanks!

    Libby

    staraboveparvati.blogspot.com/

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  46. jess April 30, 2011

    i honestly think yours looks better than the original.

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  47. cravingyou May 9, 2011

    that is one perfectly tied knot!

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  48. flic May 30, 2011

    Your's is so much cuter than the Acne version!

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