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Hello! My name is Autumn, and I blog at It’s Always Autumn, where I share sewing tutorials, craft ideas, photography tips, and recipes that usually involve chocolate. Today I’m going to share an Anthropologie inspired upcycle project.

Anthropologie sells a sweater called the ruffled hem pullover. From the front it looks like a normal sweater with the addition of a cute ruffled hem, but things get more exciting in the back, with a contrast panel and pretty little bow. I’ve never actually purchased something from Anthro, but I love using their clothes as inspiration for upcycling thrift store finds.

Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

I kind of wish my sweater had long sleeves like the original, but hey, for $80 less, I’ll take it!


If you’d like to make a ruffled hem pullover, you’ll need:

  • a lightweight sweater
  • about half a yard of another lightweight. I used a very lightweight muslin that was 108 inches wide – with a coupon 1/2 a yard came to less than $3. If you use a different material that’s only 45 inches wide you may want a full yard.

Here’s what you’ll do:

 Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

Be careful when sewing the white panel into your sweater that you don’t stretch the sweater. A long stitch length will help.

Next you’ll create and attach the back ties:

 Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

Now we just need to add the ruffled hem.

Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

(Before gathering, put pins at each side and center front and center back of the ruffle. Place pins at the same points on the sweater. Gather the ruffle, then match pins and even out the ruffles before continuing.)

Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

If the sweater gets a little stretched out along the hem just press it with a lot of steam to help it shrink back to it’s normal size. That’s it! New life for an old sweater.

Anthropologie Inspired Sweater

I hope you’ll visit It’s Always Autumn for more tips and tutorials.

AutumnI am a stay at home mom to five kids, wife to a college professor/triathlete, and contributing writer for Creating Keepsakes Magazine. I wash dishes while helping with homework, read while pushing kids on the swings, and craft during naptime. I love sewing, baking, scrapbooking, photography, Jane Austen, dark chocolate ice cream and thrift store, and I hate laundry. 

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14 Responses to “Anthropologie Inspired Sweater”

  1. Heather Mills

    Oops, didn’t realize how to comment on this, that’s why the first one is blank. live and learn! Great project. I can’t imagine paying $88 dollars for a piece of clothing like this. $8 is much more tempting for me. : ) Just a thought, you could sew the ties in while you are attaching the center panel and it would look even more intentional. Thanks for the tutorial, I’m pinning now. : )

  2. Agy

    This is adorable, and I’ll probably do this after the new year. I think most people have a nautical top in their wardrobe that could use some refashioning!

  3. Becky

    Just pinned this to our DIY board. Thanks for the inspiration. I could never justify spending $88 on an Antho sweater. Thanks