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!)
The runway look was equally as chic, so the wheels began to turn.
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...
...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.
Also it had this brownish mark at the shoulder seam, making it the perfect choice for this upcycle!
When I found these jumbo safety pins at M & J Trimming, I knew this project was on!
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.
I trimmed the top of the sweater off right at the armpits...
...and grabbed some matching thread to stitch and finish the raw edge that I just created after trimming.
I started my journey across the top of the sweater...
...and finally made it to the other side.
With the sweater stitched, I grabbed my safety pin and got to pinning both ends together.
Post-pin, my new shawl/wrap was complete!!
I loved that I just created my own little version of Marc Jacobs piece!!
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!
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.
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!!