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Don't Buy, DIY: Michael Kors Slashed Top
Blake Lively looks sizzling on the cover of the Vogue June 2010. In a $795 Michael Kors cashmere sweater, one can see why. I was drawn to this sweater because not only is it a sexy take on what could be a frumpy cover-up, but it's just begging for DIY (especially since it retails for $795!! For shame!)

When it came to choosing the perfect soft lightweight V-neck sweater for surgery - I headed to my local Goodwill. After agonizing an embarrassingly-long time over an Eddie Bauer cashmere-blend piece (but finally concluding its particular pukey shade of pink did me no favors), I settled on this super-soft chenille sweater, for a mere $7.99.

And making it over was a breeze. Here's how:

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »

  • How to revamp a slashed sweater. Michael Kors Slashed Top - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut sweater how you like.

  • How to revamp a slashed sweater. Michael Kors Slashed Top - Step 2
    Step 2

    Stitch around cut-outs, close to the edge (about 1/8" away), using a thread color similar to your sweater, and medium-length stitches. (Too short and you may end up with puckering and gathering; too long and the sweater still may be in danger of fraying.) Be careful to try not to stretch your sweater as you stitch.

    Um...you're DONE! How's that for speedy??

  • How to revamp a slashed sweater. Michael Kors Slashed Top - Step 3
    Step 3

    Since my sweater was chenille, the slashes don't look perfect - a tight-knit cashmere (or cutting with your trusty at-home laser-cutter) will likely yield better results.

    And if you don't feel like it, you don't even have to bother sewing - but beware that with repeat wearing, your sweater can and will unravel. Applying Fray Check to the cut edges is also an option...but it's also a pain, takes just as long as sewing, and isn't permanent through washings. If you're annoyed about it rolling at the cut edges (like I envision myself becoming in the near future), you can also apply something like a fusible bias tape to the wrong side of the sweater just near the slashes to prevent stretching and rolling. However you do it, you now have a sweet peekaboo sweater...for a fraction of the cost of the designer version.

    I say Peek-a-DO!

    Happy DIY'ing!

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carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
@Carol Marley: Thank you! A satin stitch would probably be a great alternative if you have a tight-knit sweater! Thanks for your comment!
Carol Marley
Carol Marley · 8 projects
0o0o0 - I love it! You could maybe even do a satin stitch or something around the edges? I'm not really big into sewing, so i don't know how well that would work.. I guess if it were a bit more tightly knit?
ANYways, thanks for the awesome post!
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
@Rainbowhead: Totally true! Very 80's cool!
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† Wayward Deer † · Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US · 7 projects
you could get a black sweter and throw on a hot pink under shirt on underneath and it would be sooooo cute with a pair of skinny jeans

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