How to Make a DIY Cropped Sweater & Fix an Unflattering Fit

5 Materials
1 Hour

Today, we're covering how to make a super cute DIY cropped sweater. You’ve been gifted or bought or have a sweater, but the fit is kind of off. Here’s how to revamp an old sweater or DIY crop a sweater that is an unflattering length.

In this tutorial, I’ll also show you some cute ways to recycle the sweater as well!

Tools and materials:

  • Sweater
  • Pen or tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
How to revamp an old sweater

1. Check the length

I cut the excess length to a more flattering length for me.

How to crop a sweater

First, measure how short it should be. Mark the area. For sweaters, I like the back to be a bit longer than the front. I didn’t cut across both layers of fabric.

Cutting the front of the sweater

Here I cut the front first, making it shorter.

Cutting the back of the sweater

Then, I cut the back, keeping it a bit longer. 

Cutting triangles from the extra fabric

2. Use the extra fabric

To create a soft peplum-like effect, I used the extra fabric to create triangles.

Cutting open the loop at the seam

I cut open the loop at the seam.

Recycled sweater ideas

I removed the hem and cut triangles out of the front. For the back, I wanted a larger and skinnier triangle. I placed the fabric on the fabric and cut it out that way.

I ended up with 2 pieces for the sides, 2 pieces for the front, and 1 long one for the back.

Cutting slits for the extra fabric

3. Cut the slits

Start with the side seams. Measure how long the side triangles are. Cut the side seams to that length.

Measuring and marking the slits

For the front slits, measure about 4 inches inward from each one of the sides. Mark these with a pin. This way you know exactly where to cut the slits. 

DIY cropped sweater tutorial

For the back, the slit is super easy. Measure where the center is and cut directly upwards. 

Pinning the triangles to the sweater

4. Sew the triangles

Pin all the cuts with the triangles. You’ll see the sweater growing wider at the bottom. After everything’s pinned, sew with a single straight stitch. 

Trimming the DIY cropped sweater bottom

5. Finishing touches

Once everything was sewn, I trimmed the bottom edges and the inner excess seam allowance.

DIY cropped sweater

DIY cropped sweater from the front

DIY cropped sweater from the back

DIY cropped sweater outfit

DIY cropped sweater tutorial

Voilà! This is super easy for you to replicate and revamp an old sweater!

Please let me know in the comments how you enjoyed this DIY cropped sweater transformation. Share photos of what you did to fix an unflattering fit!

Suggested materials:
  • Sweater
  • Pen or tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
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