DIY: Easy Tricks To Give your Garments a Kick

I've had a few items buried in my closet that needed to be kicked up a notch or two. Naturally, as you may know I always want to get the most usage out of my garments, hence the revamp of this lovely textured turtleneck. This cropped knit has been a favourite solely because of its colourful detail, but I honestly have not worn it in years.

Although the beautiful yarns throughout this knit appealed to me, the silhouette is actually a bit constricting when worn. I decided to put these threads through minor surgery; I made a small incision in the center of the body to create a cardigan.
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To secure edges fold over and stitch. (you can use twill-tape or binding if you don't want to fold over the edges) ... I used binding as a facing and added top-stitching. I finished with adding 2 different styles of buttons for an artsy edge. If your'e not sure that you'll like the buttons that you've chosen try taping them to the garment to see a good visual. A semi-autumn knit transformed into an accessible spring piece. End result: very satisfied!
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Materials:
Scissors
Buttons or snaps
Needle and thread
Binding/twill-tape
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There are times when you need to donate garments that have not been worn in a while (I fully support that)! However, there are also moments when I get inspired to give an item one last glance to decipher if there's anything that can be done for future wearing. Little tricks to freshen up a garment always provides me with other inspiration for new projects.

If you love tank-tops as much as I do then you probably have a plethora of colours and styles. Here's an easy way to liven up a simple tank: Take an appliqué  or crochet piece and sew it to the top edge of your tank. (Make certain to press your trim flat before application.) I used cotton crochet pieces that I already had, and hand-dyed them black.
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Many crochet pieces will come in natural or white, so this allows you to custom dye any piece.  If you don't fancy dyeing, buy an applique or beaded trim piece to achieve the same result. I also use this trick on printed garments. It works wonders and gives your tank a complete face-lift!

Materials:
Scissors
Appliqué or crochet trim
Needle and thread
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66 comments

  1. WTG on both of them! They look good! Love that lacy tank :D
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  2. Great ideas Madison!! You're a DIY pro!

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  3. Jennifer Rand05 April, 2012

    Awesome job! Go you! :)

    xo
    Jen

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  4. I love how you transformed them!  They look even better :) xoxo

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  5. Oh my goodness!  That turtleneck sweater is now a cardigan...it looks gorgeous!  I love more so in the new style and I love your redesigned tank too!

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  6. Ellesees.blogspot.com05 April, 2012

    You are So dang creative!!!

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  7. Nice job! I love your versions so much better - good eye!

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  8. I love how the sweater/cardigan came out!  So cue!

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  9. Adorable! I would never have thought to take an old sweater and transform it into a cardigan! Brilliant! 

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  10. Hi same person!! Hand on heart I have some lace from a blouse i never wear and am adding it to a blouse similar to how you did :). Same person!

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  11. Always brilliant, my dear Madiso.
    happy Easter weekend.
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  12. Wishing you a happy Easter to you too dear. Thanks so much Sacramento. -xo

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  13. Thanks Jessica, so glad that you like it. -xo

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  14. Such awesome DIYs! Love the yellow lacy tank :)

    Annie
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  15. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle05 April, 2012

    oh my gosh--great idea with the sweater! I have a brand new lacoste sweater almost with the identical shape that I never have worn because it's too constricting. I was going to donate it but first I'm going to have to try your diy!

    xo Mary Jo

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  16. I think I need to do things like this to some items in my wardrobe! Wow, that first transformation is just wonderful! You really have a good eye, and skills and that second tank is adorable. I love the applique and the neon tank!

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  17. GlamChameleon05 April, 2012

    Wonderful ideas dear!!! I adore what u have done with your sweater, such a beautiful new cardi/jacket!!!<3
    kisses

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  18. Wow sweetie your creativity amazes me!!! I love what you have done with that turtleneck,it's perfect for spring! :) Also adore the detailing on your tank top! :)

    Take care,Daniella xox

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  19. OH thank you so much dear! I'm very happy with the turn out, and it's very easy to do.-xx

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  20. francesca romana capizzi05 April, 2012

    You did a greta job with both!!! I will never be able to do the same!!




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  21. love, love, LOVE what you did with the turtleneck! what a transformation!

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  22. I love it, you're amazing.

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  23. Wow! Cool DIY! Thank you by the way for visiting my blog dear!

    Vanessa

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  24. Thanks so much Meanz! -xo Enjoy your weekend.

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  25. Cool ideas and love your hat!

    XX,
    Miranda

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  26. You are one savvy lady - great transformations! I love how the sweater is totally ready for spring now!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  27. You're so smart! I could never do that!

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  28. what saavy ideas.  and you are cute as can be! 

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  29. What brilliant up-cycling projects. The transformation of turtleneck to cardigan is especially effective, and not something I would have thought of doing.

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  30. Seriously, you are the DIY Queen - I LOVE that jacket!  :)

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  31. so creative :) love it!!
    xo
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  32. These are some really great tricks! Gonna definitely give a few of these a try ;)

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  33. Oh wow, so crafty! I love the way that sweater turned out :) 

    Have a great weekend!!

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  34. Oooooh!  What a great post!  I love this!  I wish I knew how to sew.  Sigh.  At any rate, I LOVE what you did to the tank top!

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  35. Thank you! It's very spring and light. Enjoy your weekend dear. -xx

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  36. Thank you Roz! Have a lovely weekend. :)

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  37. Veshoevius06 April, 2012

    What fab ideas! I love what you did with the knit turning into a cardigan and giving it a funky collar! You look great in a hat - Happy Easter!

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  38. Wow hun, these DIYs are fantastic and for no reason whatsoever I never considered making a too-tight sweater into a cardigan! The idea is just too simple to not have thought of before haha and the result is amazing. You did a stellar job here hun

    Eeli xo

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  39. wow this is fantastic!!! I love it!!
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  40. You're damn handy with needle and thread, the cardigan was an awesome idea, the pattern is a bit Missoni-ish

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  41. no idea how you both did it, but it looks amazing! love that little top so much! perfect for the up coming season 

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  42. oh, this is great! you're very talented!


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  43. WOW such great ideas!  They both look adorable on you!

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  44. Thanks so much! Yeah, it's the design bkground. in me I suppose ... hehe & fun to do.  :) 

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  45. Thank you. Enjoy your Easter wkd.

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  46. OMG - I absolutely love the first transformation! It's amazing!!! I want the jacket, now!
    Have a wonderful creative weekend!
    x.o.x.o

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  47. Stylish ByNature08 April, 2012

    Great DIY...Love your outfit :)

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  48. I absolutely love how you recreated that tank and that is something that really isn't hard to do! Please continue with the DIY posts!

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  50. 2 brilliant make overs. The sweater to jacket is amazing. Xxxx

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  51. Giovanna Pacini10 April, 2012

    Oh wow! Great DIYs!! What you did with your sweater is amazing!  I have to try it out!

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  52. Giovanna Pacini10 April, 2012

    Oh wow!! Amazing DIYs! I love how what you did with your sweater!! I'm going to have to try it out!

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  53. Catherine Summers10 April, 2012

    Both of these DIYs are just brilliant... I think I'll be Pinning the top with the black edging, it's soooo pretty! Now following, I love so many of your posts!

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  54. The little jacket you created is fantastic! Love it!
    The embellishing idea is great too! 

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  55. OMG! I thought customizing a bag is the hardest thing to do but I think this will cost me my entire week to make one. That knit top is very lovely and I have a lot of those on my closet and see if can make one like that, I really admire your works and I will continue making DIY that are inspired by your designs. Thanks

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  56. WOW... YOU ARE so GOOD !
    great job.

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  57. great great great...

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