For this project, I took an old sweater and added some cute accents to make it into something completely new. The changes include an open back with a sash and some ruffled cutouts on the sides. I hope you enjoy making this project your own.
Step 1: Step 1 - Choose your garment
Before you begin, you'll need to decide on a shirt or sweater to use. For this project, it would be best to use a garment without a hood, but you could totally work around a hood if you wanted to get creative. Any weight, length or sleeve style will work, but there is a bit of cutting involved, so I would stay away from largely knit sweaters as they will be harder to work with. Got your shirt? Move on to the next step.
Step 2: Step 2 - Mark the back
Turn your shirt over to the back side. Measure the shoulder width to find the center point of the back and from that point, measure and mark as far down as you want the back shape to go. I marked mine about 9 inches down, but it's totally up to you.
Then, align the 1 inch mark of your ruler/tape with the top center point line and make a small reference mark 1 inch from both sides of the center.
Step 3: Step 3 - Prepare and cut out the back shape
Now you'll want to draw out the shape you want for the back cut out. I've enhanced my lines here so you can see. The circle should be less wide than it is long. When you wear the shirt, the shape will appear wider than how you cut it, so you want to keep that in mind.
Then, all along the inside of the shape you marked, mark a 1/2 inch seam allowance (shown in blue) and then cut out the shape along the seam allowance line.
Step 4: Step 4 - Pin and sew the back shape
Now turn the shirt inside-out and fold your 1/2 inch seam allowance down, pinning as you go. You can cut little slits at intervals along the folded edge to help the edges stay flat.
Then sew all along the shape.