Upcycle an Old Sweater Inspired By Farrah’s Sweater 1978

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Voila!

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…to be honest, I wish the roll on top was a bit larger. I may actually do this again once I find the perfect sweater …because I LOVE IT!

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…I rolled/stitched the tops of the cut-off arms & made leg warmers. I. hate. waste. & I. love. leg warmers.

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* The shorts are from Victoria’s Secret …but it doesn’t look like they have them any more :(

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.

82 Comments

  • Fashion Court

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    i LOVE it! i wish i was that crafty, haha. the color on that sweater is awesome too.

  • Lauren From Texas

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    LOVE IT. looks great on you!

  • J-Diggety

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    You are my hero. Done and done.

  • royalBee

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    oh the color looks so great on you. you did a great job with this sweater. more diy pleasssee!!

  • Elise

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Hi, just wanted to stop by and say how much I’ve enjoyed reading your posts – they are very interesting and I think your pictures are just stunning. Really cool blog – thanks for sharing it !

  • Feelmore

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I LOVE IT!!!! too bad hubby is so possessive of his clothes ;-)

  • ZombieLace

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Adorable, it looks SO easy and fast and the leg warmers are just an added bonus!

  • Milly

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Love your DIY’s…the sweater looks great on you..nice color

  • Damsels

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    very great way to recylce something . ilike it alot though i dont have a stomach as nice as yours so i wouldnt crop it too much

  • Fashionista*

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    i love the idea and you look so good in it

  • Maki

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous, Maegan!!!!

    Happy Monday :)
    xoxo

  • Amanda Nicole

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Brilliant! And your QC’er looks like he means business ;)

  • bananas.

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    you won me over with the DIY sweater but then you had to throw in those ADORABLE legwarmers. LOVE!

  • Heidi Renée

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Where did you get the shorts? I could use some like that.

  • Linn

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    You are totally amazing! :)

  • Sal

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    The nylon thread is just brilliant – I would’ve spent AGES trying to match the sweater color!

  • Clau!

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    love DIYs ;)

  • CC

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    love it
    how do you jut come up with that?

  • Grace

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    You’ve got talent.

    Love Grace.

  • Darrah

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    This is a great idea, but I feel like only you can make a cropped sweater look that fabulous!

  • LENORENEVERMORE

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    You are on a fabulous roll with the DIY darling! LuV*
    Cheers to creativity as always~

  • ♥Aubrey

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Awww…Leroy is such a ham for the camera :) Go you rockin’ the leg warmers. Reminds me of my Halloween costume. LOL

  • ~alison

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I LOVE this and I love the leg warmers!! I may have to do this for myself!!!

  • Susan

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    wow! this is uh-ma-zing… so 80′s and so chic.
    happy week, xoxo

  • anhesty

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    i have done this with many old sweaters as well and used the sleeves as leg warmers too! i should take pics of it and show you!

  • GiGi

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I love your DIY’s. Makes me want to start cutting things up!

  • Jayci

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I love it! My hubby doesn’t have any old sweaters I can use, but the local thrift might!

    I love your dog.

  • Jill Pilgrim

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Dude, you are such a fashion MacGyver.

  • amoramor

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    good inspiration Maegan..
    you look fabulous on that =]
    this blue is so beautifull
    loved it

  • Chessa!

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    you clever gal! I love the way this sweater looks and I know DS has about 100 sweaters that he doesn’t wear…like I said, I’m not so skilled in the DIY category but this one looks easy enough. love it on you.

  • Hanako66

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I wish that I could live in your brain for a day! another fabulous DIY!

  • Glamour Bbey

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    It’s really great girl!

  • Fashion&Such

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I HATE WASTE TOO. it’s crazy, it annoys me so much.
    And this jumper looks ah-mazing on you! great inspiration.

  • Fashion&Such

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I HATE WASTE TOO. it’s crazy, it annoys me so much.
    And this jumper looks ah-mazing on you! great inspiration.

  • LifestyleBohemia

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    Love it! Your creativity is inspiring :)

  • Fashion and more

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    I have done something similar years ago.
    Thought I was the only crazy one around, lol.

  • Domennie

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    i love your creativity for making up stuffs from scratch:)!

  • Aphrodites Delicacy

    August 10, 2009 | Reply

    very creative stuff!

  • Ann

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Great idea!!! Love it! :)

  • Fashion By He

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    wow what a great transformation, your site is the best

    let me know if you would link exchange with me, id appreciate it

    fashionbyhe.blogspot.com

  • Violet

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    love how you edited the pics to get the feel of the photo of Farrah (rip)

    XX
    Vi from Cali

  • Kristin

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    So hot! Can I pretty please borrow those abs?

  • Anjl Marie

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    I LIKE HOW THAT CAME OUT VERY SEXY

  • Jenn

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    What a great idea! I love leg warmers too. A product of the eighties, I am.

  • Peterson Family

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    I love it…and I love the color too! Can I borrow it??? LOL

  • K_Streams_Her_C

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Tell us your workout regime, Maegan. You have such an amazing bod!

  • Living and Loving In L.A.

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    AWESOME IDEA! I Heart D.I.Y. Projects! You are such a clever girl. XO!

  • L o R i N

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pinky

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    This is so deliciously 80′s..YUM!

  • Casey:

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Such a good idea!
    I love your tips.

  • Sher

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Another great DIY! Now I need to go rip up my husband clothes ;D

  • diane

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    What a great sweater for the transition from summer to fall. This is one of my favorite dyi’s that you’ve done, next to the t-shirt necklaces (I made two of them). :)

  • Style Porn

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Damn girl, super-cute. Now I have to find one of my boyfriend’s old sweaters without 1,000 moth-holes in it…

  • Iva

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    omg omg omg omg!!! AMAZING…each.and.every.single.time!!! LOVE IT!

  • Moscana

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    guaoo maegan! you are god!jaja! kiss

  • Polished Sense

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Such a great idea! The outfit looks great on you. I love how you wore the sleeves around your ankles too! Perfect color shorts to compliment that blue.

    xo,
    Jessica

  • J.

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    It looks great on you!

  • Gmr

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    OMG! It’s perfect!! You always have great ideas!! Someday I’ll try it too!

  • Glamour Bbey

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Hey girl,
    I put your blog by my blogroll on my new site!

    Love x

  • Brigadeiro

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Ooh! I love slashing the necklines on my tops, as I’m a HUGE off-shoulder fan! But transforming the cut-offs to leg-warmers! BRILLIANT! :)
    xx

  • kirstyb

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    that is some fantastic DIY love it xoxox

  • Blue is in Fashion

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Hi, one of your outfits is featured on my blog… :)
    Ciao!

  • Mairyliscious

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    congratulations for your idea honey !!

  • JGeb

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Love it…you are the DIY queen my lady!

  • Alba_Shopaholic

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Me encanto, que chic, eres una artista!!

  • Cathy Voyage

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome colour!

  • cindywan

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    omg! i love your blog so much!!! love all your DIY!! keep it up!!

  • Tara Gibson

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    LOVE it! i must do this!

  • anhesty

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    ps. texas is affordable. here you can def get a beautiful home even at 150k. but i know you would never leave cali. its hard to leave the sun and the beach. house hunting in CA is a headache i bet.

  • *Diane*

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    It looks fantastic on you. and you’re incredibly briliant!

  • CalamityJem

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    I hate waste & love legwarmers too!
    This is a fab DIY jazz-up…now I’m off to raid hubbies wardrobe :)

  • Holly

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    at it again! loving this one

  • Linda

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    I love it. So cute. Off to cut up all my hubby’s sweaters!

  • Diabolina Da Fashionista

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    hotness, mama. hotness

  • The818

    August 11, 2009 | Reply

    The sweater is hot. And the shorts made me giggle, because they kind of reminded me of our old uniform shorts…speak of the devil.

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    August 12, 2009 | Reply

    Haha, it’s way too hot here for the sweater, but I love the leg warmers! You can singlehandedly bring them back.

  • Phoebe

    August 13, 2009 | Reply

    It looks V American Apparel
    I’m definitely going to try it

  • God Made Me fuNky

    August 14, 2009 | Reply

    Love love it……this one is sth that I am confident I can try without screwing it up….hopefully its gonna be my weekend project.

  • chloe

    August 16, 2009 | Reply

    love the legwarmers idea!
    *note to self: must find my legwarmers for the winter!

  • Carrie

    August 18, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, this is an awesome DIY project. Looks great.

  • Blan

    August 26, 2009 | Reply

    this is FAB! you have given a great idea! thanx! good post!

  • pixie

    August 29, 2009 | Reply

    It is a good idea and looks great but won’t it start to “unravel”?

    Susan

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