Sweater Re-fashion

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May 11, 2013 by thepolishedbutton

I found this rather nice black jumper in a charity shop recently – soft black Merino wool and hardly worn, so I snapped it up with ideas of giving it a little makeover. I was quite a simple but somewhat unflattering shape for me with a high neckline and square shape.

I unintentionally made it more fitted by shrinking it slightly in the wash, but at least it saved me from fiddling with the side seams…

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I wanted to take the neckline down a bit, but as it has a hole at one side, I couldn’t harvest the binding to re-use (plus it would have been a little too small anyway) so did some scouting around to find some ideas for a new neckline.

This post from Star Cross Sewing was pretty useful, as was another blog post which I can’t find the link to grrr!

Anyway, I put the jumper on, marked where I wanted the neck to fall, and cut it away. I then    stitched close to the cut edge to stop it stretching, and used an overlock stitch to stop it fraying.

Next up I took inspiration from the ever fabulous So Zo and cut out a nice lace panel to go at the front. I took the sleeves off at this point too, as the shoulder seam sat a bit low on me, so I trimmed the sleeve heads and pulled the shoulders up so it gave a more flattering fit.

I basted the lace panel into place, stitched the shoulders back and re-fitted the sleeves. I used some tiny hand stitches to secure the lace in place across the front too.

Finally I used some black and white spotty bias binding (you can buy it here) to finish off the raw neck edge, and voila! and lovely new refashioned jumper!

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There were some better pictures, but my laptop has decided to sulk so I can’t access them!!

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5 thoughts on “Sweater Re-fashion

  1. I am suitably impressed!!

  2. Helen says:

    This is lovely and what a transformation! I have always wondered about refashioning knits as I thought they’d just unravel if you cut them. Good to know an overlock stitch woul stop that!

  3. What a great transformation, very cute, loving the lace!

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