Shorter Sweaters Made by Jodie

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Sweaters for Any Ages: The Short Ones

Quote of the day: “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and then to let it come in.” Mitch Albom

The sweater theme wouldn’t be complete without showing off a couple sweaters that I had knitted, right? I figure it’s only fair since mom usually shows off her hand sewn pieces, that I can showcase some of my hand knit sweaters!!

Now when I say the short sweaters, I consider these sweaters the ones that stop above your crotch. They certainly don’t have to be cropped or anything, but short enough that your legs are evident!!

And I realize that most of you don’t get as much of a thrill out of looking at sweaters like I do! But just because they aren’t on the “must have” style list, doesn’t mean you can’t update the ones you have with other stylish items.

The three of us also showed fun outfits with long sweaters, here, and medium length sweaters, here. And tune in next week, for an entire series on the lowly cardigan!! I’m always saying we might as well wear what we have in our closets!! And how perfect to see if your cardigan can be more versatile than just a topper!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: This short sweater of mine is probably about 10 years old. Long story short, when I took this project off the needles, I discovered it was way too big. I actually enjoy trying to figure out how to fix something like this, so I washed it a couple of times and felted it. The result is basically a boiled wool sweater—smaller, and very tightly knit.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

The cardigan still tends to billow out at the bottom, which is why you see the brooch holding it together.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Since I had the pin at my waistline, I wanted to keep my necklace shorter, so I pulled out a choker. I figured the choker and my OTK boots added some modern vibes to this old sweater.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

I know this series is all about the sweaters, but I have to report that I knitted the skirt too! At my November’s knit retreat, a bunch of women bought this type of yarn to make shawls. Of course, I wanted to be different, and thought it would turn out nicely as a shorter skirt to compliment the OTK boots!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

And as a special treat, I’m showing you my skirt while it was being blocked. My one kitty, Spookie, for some reason loves to sit on any of my knitting when I’m doing this blocking step. The funny thing is, it’s wet during this process, yet she hates getting wet? It also smells like a wet dog at this time, so we wonder if she didn’t have a dog friend at some time before we rescued her? Notice the other kitty, Monkey is in her pink & black kitty bed? This is about as close as the two will get to each other!!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Skirt: I knitted it (similar here in wool but muted colors or here as a set)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here)~~Sweater: Sherry Taylor (similar here)~~Boots: Charlotte Russe (similar here with a taller heel)~~Necklace: (similar here in suede)~~Earrings: (similar here a more dainty version)~~Brooch: (similar here in silver or here as a flower)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I knitted this sweater for Nancy quite a few years ago. I know most of us older women would consider it right up our alley to pair a turtleneck under a sweater! My trick to make this look more modern, was to add in the leather like jeans!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

The jeans aren’t real leather, but are that coated material. I think they have a nice sheen to them, yet they are extremely comfortable. The sweater is a tweedish like print with a couple of colors incorporated into it.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

This pendant that Nancy is wearing has almost the same colors of the sweater in it. It has a metallic shine to it, so I thought it stood out nicely against her green turtleneck. I picked the gold earrings to tie in with the gold buttons on the sweater. Luckily it’s okay to mix our metals nowadays, since the necklace is silver.

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

I read a funny post the other day regarding the fact that most fashion bloggers don’t wear socks. I had a discussion with another woman after this and she thought it’s because it’s a cleaner look without socks. Well, just so you know, Nancy has on her hosiery with this outfit, so her feet are not as cold as you might imagine!!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Pants: Liverpool (similar here in black)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here a little oversized)~~Top: Christopher & Banks (similar here with cable ribbing)~~Shoes: American Eagle (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here with your monogram)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Okay….confession time. I actually knitted this sweater for me about 6 years ago. But kinda like the sweater I’m wearing, it turned out too big (do we see a theme, here, ha ha!!? Hopefully I’ve gotten better about sizing!!). So mom got to be the lucky recipient of this one!!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

These colorful, fair isle sweaters are among my favorites to knit!! They are challenging to make and so fun to wear! I know mom usually wears this sweater with purple, purple & more purple, but I was able to intervene a little with a grey turtleneck (although I wish it were more form fitting in the sleeves)!!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

When thinking about making this outfit more modern, I grabbed her newer jeans from Old Navy. I think wearing pastels even in the winter months is stylish!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

I also had mom throw on her pearls!! I know she thought this was silly, but I feel like it’s very modern to add pearls to a casual look instead of always just for dress up!! Like I always say, if we have an item of clothing, we might as well wear it!!

Making Sweaters Modern for any age group.

Pants: Old Navy (similar here)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here in a long sleeve version or here with an open front)~~Top: Palmettos (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein-thrifted (similar here or here in velvet)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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  • OMG Jodie! You are so talented–I can’t believe you knit these–especially the fair isle!!!!!!!! The first olive sweater and the skirt are my favs. So cool!

    • Thanks so much Dawn!! I do love knitting, even after all these years. It’s such a creative and fun outlet for me!!

  • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

    Love all the sweaters, and the commentary. Loved your pin and Nancy’s necklace. Your skirt was so cute. I think I would also have put Charlotte in a more form fitting top under the sweater. I think it would have looked lovely with a red top. And Charlotte really rocked those pearls!

    • Thanks so much Eileen!!
      And you’re right about mom’s top under the sweater—it’s too full in the sleeves, isn’t it? Besides I’m not in love with the color combo either….

      • Eileen Flanigan Sinda

        Sometimes it is difficult to find exactly the right color comb when working with a patterned garment, but when we do, it is fabulous. Charlotte, Nancy, and you do a great job and you are all so lovely. PS. Charlotte looks super in the ad for Covered Perfectly.

        • And really, that’s the nice thing about clothing and putting together outfits. It’s not a permanent thing like a tattoo!!!
          Thanks for the lovely words, Eileen. I can’t tell you how much that means to all 3 of us!!

  • Wow, I am impressed! I love that you felt it was too big and fixed it making it boiled wool! I dont know anything about that process, but love the color and the leaf pin,, The skirt looks great too! You are very talented!
    thanks for lnkiing up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I am definitely one of those that looks to make an item better when it doesn’t work!! To me that’s half the fun!!
      Thanks for such a lovely compliment, Jess!!

  • Anna Parkes

    My two favourite items today are your colourful skirt and the wonderful fairisle sweater – I have real thing for fairisle, but am not clever enough to knit it myself. The short skirt and boots combo is a great one Jodie – really cute!
    Anna x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Anna!!
      I made this skirt with these boots in mind really!! I knew I wanted it to be relatively short so the boots stood out!
      And I bet you could knit the fair isle—it’s all just practice!!

  • I am so glad you showcased some of your own work this time around, Jodie! I enjoyed reading about each of these knitting projects and seeing the final, amazing outcome. Love your look and think the brooch was a brilliant idea. I also enjoyed reading the ways you changed things up to modernize each piece. Also, you know I am a huge fan of pearls with casual attire. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jennie!!
      I know I do love to knit and wear my sweaters….and even if they aren’t “in style”, it’s still fun to showcase them!

  • I really like the broach detail, and I think it looks great. I wished that I could nit like that! x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie!!

  • You are so talented! All of these sweaters are so cute! I would love to learn how to knit one day!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jill!
      It is a fun past time for me—I usually do it when we’re watching tv in the evenings!!

  • Wow! You are a fabulous knitter! Eveyone looks so lovely. I really like your earrings too, Jodie! And oh gosh – your kitties are so cute. 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lindsey—we were in Seattle for the weekend, and am just getting back into the swing of things!! I hope yours was great too!!

  • La Veine

    Lovely sweaters and outfits!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marta!!

  • Rosy Ferry

    Wow, I can’t believe you knitted all of these, and the skirt too! You’re so talented, I really like the turtle neck under the cardi look too, it looks really smart. I like how your cats tolerated eachother’s prescence for the photo haha.

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rosy!!

  • These sweaters are sll so cute, and how impressive that you knitted them yourself!?? I would love to learn to do something like this one day. So cool.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!! I find it’s a fun hobby, but definitely not inexpensive or faster than buying sweaters!! But at least I have something that no one else does!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the cat story. My cat once fell into the bath tube when I was taking a bubble bath. He decided that he wanted to stay in there!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s hilarious Nicole about your cat!!

  • Mireille

    You look amazing! And so talented!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mireille!!

  • I’m so impressed Jodie! Your sweater is my favorite though they all look so well done. I love your earrings too! Thanks for showing us your work area and your cats. I like seeing more about bloggers than just their outfits. I don’t know, maybe because these relationships are just online, I love to see your surroundings. Cats and fiber! I used to weave (need to get back to that!) and it just seemed to call the cats to come and get tangled in the fiber! Have a lovely weekend Denver ladies!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous that you are a fiber girl too, Julia!!

  • I love how colorful this post is!!
    Dora xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dora!!

  • Serena Reale

    amazing post

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Serena!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    How fun to show pieces you made! Well, i wear socks with boots, lol. Love the short sweaters, in fact it’s mu mission to find a few that hit me at my waist to pair with maxi skirts as longer ones just don’t create the best silhouette for my petite height.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey!!
      I think that’s the advantage of thrift stores really. Even if something isn’t totally “in style” you can usually find it there! Either that or you just knit one!! 🙂

  • I’m so in awe of you knitting skills, Jodie! I can’t get past the beanie stage, and even those are…questionable. Haha!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz—-I’m sure it comes down to practice, practice and more practice. I have to admit that my first piece ever was a dickey—and I didn’t keep it!!

  • Wow! I can’t believe you made these! They are absolutely beautiful. What an amazing talent you have!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz!! I gotta try to keep up with you 🙂

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    I agree with others! Your skills are wonderful! They all look fab, plus the lavender pants look stunning with the plum sweater, and the colors pop against the snow!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks tons Terri!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Even after Jodie gave me this sweater–and I lost weight- I took it in at the side seams.
    It was quite a challenge–but I pinned it at every stripe before sewing it.

  • Laura

    I am so impressed with your skills!! That skirt you made yourself is just gorgeous and I love your mom’s fair isle sweater too! These are all such beautiful pieces!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laura!!
      It is something I love doing!!

  • Oh wow I’m so impressed with your knitting skills! The fairisle one especially is just gorgeous!

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!! I keep thinking I want to knit another one in a different colorway. It’s on my list—now where can i buy some time? ha ha!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Your gorgeous, felted, loden green, tweed sweater with the darling pin and the unbelievably creative, side striped ,textural skirt is a simply delicious outfit!!! Love it with the boots and would love it with a turtle neck or scarf too!!! This is an opulent ,luxurious ,hand crafted outfit! !!.
    Another reader suggested that you shouldn’t wear both the sweater and skirt together. I think they’re fabulous together!

    Nancy’s handknit is subtle, soft, and cozy as a hug and you can tell she’s feeling the love! I like the other neutral tones that let that sweater be the star it is.
    Your mom is perfectly proud in her intricately patterned Nordic knit. UFFDA!! (as Minnesota Norwegians sometimes say when they’re amazed and delighted) this sweater is really a work of art!!! I just recently purchased a Nordic sweater on Etsy. I’ve always admired the patterns and colors of these special sweaters.

    I want you to know that I have “saved” 5 hand knit sweaters and 2 hand crocheted afghans at Goodwill. I’m horrified to see them casually donated. I wear and love them appropriately and as they deserve.
    OK, maybe I’m too sensitive, but I know the time, effort, skill, creativity, and love required to make these beauties and I feel it’s important to honor those things. (OK, I’m safely off my soapbox now…)

    P.S. I still wear socks all the time! In fact… I have some hand knit boot sock toppers that someone who is very special to me made!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Awwww, Jude. This comment made me feel so wonderful—thanks so much for all of this positiveness!!
      It’s funny, because that reader that suggested not wearing them together gave me a wonderful idea for a blog series—I think I’m going to do something along the lines of a maximalist outfit vs minimalist outfit. Do you think that would be interesting?
      I’ve actually donated a handknit sweater before (maybe it’s one of the ones you picked up—ha ha) because I hated how it turned out and I would never wear it!
      Do you knit too? Or how else do you know the time involved in these creations. I have to say most people just have no idea!!
      And I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love when you get on a soapbox—it’s so great to hear your thoughts!!
      Thanks again for this love—it made me smile from ear to ear!!

      • Judy Gramith

        The maximum/minimum concept sounds very interesting. I’m not quite sure how that would be implemented however. Fashion is so incredibly subjective. One person’s mimimum is another’s. ..?

        I don’t knit.
        When I was in college I learned to knit and knit a vest, then never knit again.
        I also learned to crochet and made a hat, then never crocheted again.
        I ultimately learned to appropriately value these artful and loving crafts.

        I know your time with Sherry will be fun and memorable. She is a sweet, thoughtful, darling woman; one of those people who just exudes warmth. I wish I’d had more time to talk with her in Phoenix. I told her to give you a hug for me. Be sure to collect it! =-)

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It’s nice you can appreciate the hand knit & crocheted things….even if you don’t do it yourself!!
          I’ll definitely collect your hug!! I can’t wait to meet up with you too one of these days!!

  • Jodie I’m so impressed with your talent of knitting, but not only that, you have styled these cardigans beautifully by updating the looks! I’d like to put in an order for the skirt. 🙂 The photo with your kitties is so cute!

    Hope you got my reply that I am not in Seattle. Unfortunately, I’ll miss you and Sherry! I told Jean and she has a blogger special discount of 10% off everything in her boutique.

    Enjoy your holiday in Seattle! Looking forward to hear all about your travel adventure!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love how the skirt turned out, so thanks Carmen! And the best thing, is it was a simple project that only took a weekend (of course it was at knit retreat, so I got to work all weekend on it!!)
      I missed your reply that you won’t be in Seattle this weekend, but thanks for the update!! We are planning to visit your daughter’s boutique !! 🙂
      Thanks for the discount too—it’ll be so fun to support your daughter!!

  • I love the pattern and colour in that skirt – beautiful. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Catie!!

  • I love the patterns in these looks. I have to say Nancy’s styling is my favourite!! You all look lovely though xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Joti!!
      I always think it’s nice when readers are drawn to one styling or look over another. It just goes to show how we are all different—and that’s a good thing!!

  • I’m blown away by your talent! The skirt….Charlotte’s jumper….amazing! I wish I could knit. My gran tried to teach me but said I was “like a cow handling a musket.”

    Ps I love cardigans!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Your gran sounds hilarious to use a term like that, Gail. But in a way, it’s a little unfair. I’m sure I was like a cow at first too!! It just takes practice, like anything else.
      Thanks for the love–I really appreciate it!

  • So comfy looking. love the sweaters and how you all styled them!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stephanie!!

  • Wow! I’m so impressed by your knitting talent! All three of you look great! Your sweater turned out great in the end! And I love your skirt! I’m also very impressed by your mom’s sweater. I can only imagine how challenging that is to knit. Finally, I love your mom’s shoes!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such a positive comment, Andrea!!
      I do feel like knitting is not all that hard though. I’m sure part of it is because I’ve been doing it for 15 – 20 years. But it’s also just following a pattern, kind of like cooking is following a recipe! It’s the people that design their own sweaters and the patterns that are truly talented!!

  • I’m so impressed with your knitting skills, especially the detail work on the fair isle sweater!
    Funny you should mention the socks – my mother recently bought a pair of oxfords and my sister and I were giving her a hard time since she was wearing them with black socks. She insisted we were nuts for wearing shoes without socks in the middle of the winter! (though I’ve been trying nude hose and it’s kinda iffy. I like being a little warmer but I hate when you can tell.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom says the same thing. I understand getting to the age where you don’t want to sacrifice warmth & comfort for style, but I also don’t want to look too “out there” in the style sense!! I’m sure the sock look will come back in style—let’s just hope it’s soon!! ha ha!!
      Thanks for the love, Lydia!

  • Glenda Dunlap Norville

    The pieces themselves are wonderful! I think I would be most comfortable with just one knitted piece at a time in an outfit, so that the uniqueness of the item would be the chief focal point. I am learning to “edit” outfits, and realizing that sometimes one piece (say of jewelry) is better than a necklace, two rings, a bracelet AND big earrings. Sometimes a unique sweater doesn’t need a unique skirt to go with it as well. Less truly is more. Nancy’s outfit seems to do that, and looks perfect, with the beautiful hand knit sweater in the limelight.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think you’re right Glenda. I rarely wear 2 knitted items together because it feels too sweatery, but I was wondering if the felted one looked different enough to work? I’ll have to peruse my closet and see what else I can pair with my skirt now!!
      And I do have a hard time with that less is more concept. Of course, I blame my mother who is a maximalist by nature!! But every once in a while I’ll do it. It’s funny how taking these photos and inspecting them, makes you realize these things. I was just editing another photo for a future post and thought to myself how I didn’t need the necklace. It’s been a great learning process—and I’ve learned that I’m a slow learner! Ha ha!
      Thanks so much for chiming in and reading—I really appreciate it!!

  • Queen of Rods

    I love all of the hand-knitted garments. Good save on the felted sweater, and I love the brooch with it. I would not have thought to wrap it around the way that you did, ignoring the buttons and button holes. Your matching skirt is amazing, and I love how you styled all three outfits. I giggled when I saw your mother’s pearls with a casual outfit…wondering if she approved 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Janet!!
      And how you know my mother so well—she did not love the pearls with this outfit—and was going to a movie with friends after this—but I had her keep them on. I’m sure they all made fun of me that day (or else she took them off in the car, ha ha)

  • Holy crow! The detail on those sweaters!!!
    If I’m your mom, every time I see you with a pair of needles I’d be saying…”Oh, I don’t know, Jodie, it looks a little small. You may want to add a few extra rows…just in case.” 😉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh, Em!! You crack me up!!
      I have 2 other sweaters that my husband got because they were too big too. But then there’s one I started for him, but it turned out too small and now it’s mine. I guess the moral of the story is I need to work on my sizing better? But really then it’s kinda a surprise of who ends up with each item–ha ha!!

  • kristin mccarthy

    I love the rockin’ models!

    Werk it girls 😉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kristin!!

  • Oh what a cute cat! 😺😺😺 I love Cats! But you knitted all that? Wow! Love that skirt! Have a great weekend! Enjoy it.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!! Our little fur babies are wonderful, aren’t they??

  • Suzanne Dennis

    You are amazingly talented, Jodie! Those sweaters are wonderful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Suzanne!! I really do love the knitting process and the fun yarns!!

  • Jodie, what I love about this post is that everyone’s style is so different. That is awesome because it shows such versatility with the same type of sweater.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie—we do try to wear what is in our own closet!! And then hopefully it appeals to more than one kind of style that women like!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Wow, Jodie you are a very accomplished knitter. Enjoy you holiday celebration.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette! I do enjoy knitting tremendously, but I will say, it’s not that hard. You just follow the directions. Now the women that come up with their own designs—now that’s talent!!
      Thanks for the good wishes—we haven’t traveled much lately, so it’ll be fun!!