Refashion A Large Sweater

I am slightly addicted to thrift shopping.  Not only is it a great place to get home goods and kids clothes but I think it is a great place to get fun fabrics and shirts for yourself.  I find that I like to shop in the large and xlarge section because I can always just take the clothing in to fit my size and you end up with a more custom piece of clothing.

On a recent trip to Value Village I found this Banana Republic sweater for $7 and thought I could do something cute with it.  I had seen this pin for a sweatshirt that was refashioned and was inspired by the zippers on the shoulders.

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As you can tell the sweater was definitely not my size.  Not only is it way too big but the sleeves are too long as well.

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Step one was to put the sweater on inside out and pin where I wanted the sweater fit to.  Once I did one side I just mirrored the marks to the other sides so they matched.  Because I wasn’t confident on my measuring skills I decided to just run a basting stitch with my sewing machine to check the fit before running it through the serger.  It was good that I did this because I ended up needing to make some adjustments to the body of the sweater, sleeves and most importantly the arm pits.

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Once I was happy with the results I ran the seams through my serger and was left with a much better fitting sweater.  I am still having arm pit issues with the sweater, I just can’t seem to get them right.  I think I might take a sweater that fits me well and mimic the under arm area to this sweater.  Regardless of the underarm issue it is still a much better sweater than before.

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I decided to take a couple heavy duty zippers and add them to the shoulders as a fun addition.  My zipper skills are not great but the end result was exactly what I was going for, a well fitting sweater with a fun detail.

Question to all of you about the finished sweater.  I think the colour of this sweater washes me out, do you think I could die the sweater with RIT die?

One comment

  1. Leuinda says:

    This looks great! The zipper detail is going to attract a lot of great attention 🙂
    I wonder if darts along the side would help with the extra fabric at the arms? I don’t really know, but it’s a place to start! I haven’t ventured into RIT dye yet but I bet you would look fantastic in a chocolate brown!
    I jumped over from Refashion Co-op, a fellow First Friday poster.

    Leu, sewing in NYC

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