how to make a scarf out of a sweater

Copycat: Marc Jacobs Knit Shawl

This piece has been on my inspiration board for quite some time.  That big safety pin was always something that I was so attracted to, however the $1800 price tag was a bit too steep!! (Check out the credits from this Elle magazine issue from fall of 2013!) New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

The runway look was equally as chic, so the wheels began to turn.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

I found the perfect chunky knit to use for this project that had been in my sweater collection for a bit.  It's Free People, looks super comfy...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

...however it was a bit too tight at the neck.  That always makes me a little crazy because I end up trying to pull it to stretch it out, but it never actually stays.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

Also it had this brownish mark at the shoulder seam, making it the perfect choice for this upcycle!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

When I found these jumbo safety pins at M & J Trimming, I knew this project was on!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

I began by removing the stitches on the right side of the body that were keeping the seam together.  I had to carefully snip away without cutting through the knit loops.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

I trimmed the top of the sweater off right at the armpits...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

...and grabbed some matching thread to stitch and finish the raw edge that I just created after trimming.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

I started my journey across the top of the sweater...

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

...and finally made it to the other side.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

With the sweater stitched, I grabbed my safety pin and got to pinning both ends together.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

Post-pin, my new shawl/wrap was complete!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

I loved that I just created my own little version of Marc Jacobs piece!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

This is something that you can also use an old afghan blanket for as well.  The copycat image actually reminded me of an old afghan I have!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

It isn't cold here, hence that big headpiece of furry hair was not remade, however it was chilly enough to warrant a little extra warmth up top.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin

And if you just want to get the same essence of this piece, grab a scarf/wrap in your collection already and just add that big safety pin!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Marc Jacobs sweater - Copycat - Oversized Safety Pin