from old navy to j.crew
Just like with the coat, I switched out the buttons with some leather ones from JoAnns for about $12. I also added some faux suede patches on the elbows. That was free because I had the faux suede at home. Total for this one was $36, not super cheap, but I wanted a nice sweater for him to wear at my sister's wedding, so I made an exception.
For the elbow patches... (that actually would be a cute addition to just about any sweater or coat), I just ironed on some interfacing to the backside of the suede to give it a little extra strength because mine is very thin. I was planning on sewing it on, but realized that it would be pretty impossible to do unless I cut the sleeve open which I did not want to do. So I just used some heavy duty fabric glue to attach it and made sure to glue right up to the edges of the patch.
So now when I buy things, I still look for the deals, and I also look for the potential to make something a little bit more my style and cuter with just a few enhancements.