I love a good knockoff. It always makes me feel like I’m saving tons of money. The fact that I’d never spend all that money on the pricey original in the first place doesn’t matter one bit – making my own version for way less is still pretty fun. I was able to construct a knockoff of Anthropologie’s ruffled hem pullover for $80 less than the retailer charges. I’ll be the first to admit my version isn’t quite as luxe-looking as the original, but hey, it cost 8 bucks! I’ll take it.
If you’d like to make a ruffled hem pullover, you’ll need a lightweight sweater and about half a yard of another lightweight fabric. I used a very lightweight muslin that was 108 inches wide – with a coupon 1/2 a yard came to less than $3. If you use a different material that’s only 45 inches wide you may want a full yard.
Here’s what you’ll do:
Be careful when sewing the white panel into your sweater that you don’t stretch the sweater. A long stitch length will help.
Next you’ll create and attach the back ties:
Now we just need to add the ruffled hem.
(Before gathering, put pins at each side and center front and center back of the ruffle. Place pins at the same points on the sweater. Gather the ruffle, then match pins and even out the ruffles before continuing.)
If the sweater gets a little stretched out along the hem just press it with a lot of steam to help it shrink back to it’s normal size. That’s it! New life for an old sweater.
***This post originally appeared at I Heart Naptime***