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redesign of a sweater

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natsnasus | Posted in General Discussion on

I wondering if anyone has done this before? I’m taking a color block cardigan sweater (no collar) I just can’t seem to get rid of and trying to put the new 3/4 length sleeves on it (with the ruffles) and add the back pinch pleat or ruffle to the lower back, (because it hangs a bit too big on me).

Has anyone done this before without a pattern?

Any tips, tricks, videos, websites etc?

Thanks so much!

Susan

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    redesign of a sweater

    First of all, I we need a little more information.  I take it that the sweater is a machine-knit one.  Is it bulky or in a fine gauge?  You want to shorten the sleeves to 3/4?  What ruffles - perhaps a photo would giveus a better idea of what exactly those ruffles are, how they are attached, are they knitted in or are they trim that has been added.  Generally speaking, machine knitted garments can be successfully altered.  To prevent ravelling it is adviseable to machine stitch to stabilize the cutting line - if any cutting has to be done.

    Perhaps you can sew new side seams to make the sweater fit you.  Picture, please.

    Edit - what is this "sessions data" that is not in my original posting?

  2. Ralphetta | | #2

    redesign of a sweater
    I've altered several sweaters using my serger and been very pleased with the results. Unlike my sewing machine, the serger results are fast and unnoticeable. I had some from the 80's that looked dated and bulky due to too much fabric under the arm. By reshaping the sleeves/under arm area and adding some darts in the body, I had a much newer, more flattering look. I often push up my sleeves and the cuffs get stretched. A few seconds under the serger and that problem is corrected.

    If you are a purist, and the sweater is very expensive, you might not be comfortable with this solution.

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