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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Upcycled Mom Jumper

I call them "mom jumpers".  Those shapeless long jumpers that fill the racks at thrift stores.  Even if they are not your style, they offer lots of potential for restyling. Here's one I picked up at Salvation Army yesterday.

I felt as though the price for this one was a little high, given how very worn the jumper was in appearance.

There was fading along major seam lines and pleats.

And the kick pleat on the skirt was tearing.

But it was a nice sturdy jersey material, and I really liked the fish print!  So, first I cut off the skirt.

Next, I sewed the new raw edge to create what would become shoulder seams on a new crop top.  I left a wide opening for a boat neckline.  Next I made bias binding from more of the fabric.

The I cut sleeve holes just beneath the new shoulders.

I bound the neckline and the sleeves with this self bias binding.  I left the hem of the former skirt intact as the hem of the new top, but that left a problem because the kick slit was ripping.  So I made a little bow from more fabric and covered it!

Then I added my label!

And here's the finished product:

That was fun, and it took about two hours, start to finish.


  1. The top turned out great. I often think I should look through my closet and recycle some of my wardrobe, but then I see a new pattern I really like and I'm off to start a new project!

    1. I try to discipline myself to use a rotation! One new pattern, one UFO, then one recycle... Hopefully, soon there won't be anymore UFOs, ant then I can just alternate!

  2. What a cute top!? This makes me want to head off to Goodwill to see what I can find (^_^)

    Visiting from Sew Many Ways,

  3. It sure did! It turned out really good. :) Visiting you late via Recycled Fashion.

  4. Except I do my Salvation Army shopping on Wednesdays. Half price on most clothing - universally at all SA stores!

    1. Not here. They have different half price days for different color tickets. Yesterday was pink ticket day, so all pink tickets half price. There are green, blue, white and yellow tickets, too. Very complex!