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« on: July 24, 2010 11:17:47 PM »



All of my projects seem to have backstories.

Here's this one: I had an infestation of carpet beetles.  They ate holes in some of my favorite sweaters.  Some of the sweaters I'm frogging, and will joyously use the yarn elsewhere (or so I tell myself, to take the sting out of it).  Some of them can be darned, but I'm not very good at darning.

The most important sweater is the one I got married in.  It's in iffy shape: too many holes to wear, but the holes are small, so someone with appropriate yarn and skill could fix it.  That person's just not me.

Then I saw this: http://dresdencodak.com/2010/07/10/dark-science-03/
Perfect!  My sweater's a ribbed mock turtleneck, most of the damage happens below the armpit line, and cutting off the bottom will give me plenty of yarn to fix the one hole above! 

Only, I'm not sure I quite dare to cut up my wedding sweater.  Also, I'm not sure an overbust shrug will be flattering on me.  So I dug through the "damn bugs!" pile, and found ANOTHER mock turtle, with most of the damage happening below the armpit line, and a minimum of sentimental value! Win!


oh, and it's way more damage than mere darning could fix, so there's no guilt there, either.  (that elbow is the worst of it, but there are many more holes throughout--but mostly on the bottom half)

I cut off the sleeves and body about an inch below the armpit, and then kept pulling threads until one yarn made it all the way across/around (making sure the edges were even).

When I tried it on, it was too big, so I took in both the sleeves and the body, which means they don't end at armpit level anymore, but a little below.

  I started with a tapestry needle and one of the threads I'd pulled, stitching through the live knit stitches to secure them, but it's a crazy-fine knit, so I gave up.  I tried machine zig-zagging over the edge, but that stretched it out so it kind of ruffled.  So I gave up, turned 1/4" under and machine hemmed it. Or part of it.  I got impatient, so only one sleeve is hemmed. Finally, I cut up the front and sewed a zipper in.




(apologies for crappy webcam, insufficient lighting, dopey expressions)
 I like it!  It's cute and it was pretty easy, but it's seriously SF.  I look significantly more like a Star Trek extra than I'm really comfortable with.

It still needed work: The sweater stretched slightly when I sewed the zipper in, so the zipper buckled instead of lying flat.  My crappy machine hemming left a hem that kind of bubbles and curls.  Also, taking in the body and sleeves means it extends a bit longer than the armpit-length I had in mind.



I used grosgrain ribbon as a hem tape, to stabilize and give a nice crisp line.  I'm already wishing I'd used a wide elastic, the ribbon used on the sleeves (for example) is a bit looser than it needs to be, which makes the sleeve stand out.   I also re-sewed the zipper, so it buckles less.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010 05:43:13 PM »

updated!
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010 03:20:36 AM »

What a fantastic idea!
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010 12:55:23 PM »

Looks great! Cheesy I may have to try this with a few sweaters that are too short on me.
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010 03:23:42 PM »

Such an awesome shrug.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010 04:43:20 PM »

So you added the hem tape on the zipper to make it lay flatter? Becasue I have a sweater that I added a zipper into and it did the same bunching weirdness that yours did. And your updated pictures look so much better I think it would fix my sweaters problem too.
As to your wedding sweater perhaps doing something similar to this would work:
http://adventuresindressmaking.blogspot.com/2009/12/essential-blue-jean-mending-method.html
Only instead of interfacing for denim buy a knit interfacing so it can stretch. Smiley I don't know you could test it somewhere that's not noticeable so if it doesn't work it's not a big deal.
I actually like the little shrug you came up with. I don't think it's to sci-fi.  maybe if it was more open in the front you'd like it better? Or perhaps with less of a collar? I don't know just some ideas. I find sometimes if you know why you don't like something you can change it to make it something you like.
I think your sewing is great!
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010 09:10:33 PM »

So you added the hem tape on the zipper to make it lay flatter? Becasue I have a sweater that I added a zipper into and it did the same bunching weirdness that yours did.

Not exactly.  The hem tape is only around the edges--the hem and cuffs--to keep them from rolling, since the knit is so fine I don't really want to pick up the stitches and knit a couple rows of ribbing.

What I did with the zipper was pull it out entirely, and then very carefully pin it back in without stretching the sweater *at all*.  One book I've looked at suggests doing this on a dress form, so that the sweater is stretched exactly as it will be when you're wearing it.  The rippling is caused by the zipper being longer than the space it's actually supposed to occupy.

In this case, between the first and second attempts, I removed almost an inch of zipper.


I thought about using the sewing machine darning, but the wedding sweater is a chunkier knit, and it would really show.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2010 08:20:11 PM »

So you added the hem tape on the zipper to make it lay flatter? Becasue I have a sweater that I added a zipper into and it did the same bunching weirdness that yours did.

Not exactly.  The hem tape is only around the edges--the hem and cuffs--to keep them from rolling, since the knit is so fine I don't really want to pick up the stitches and knit a couple rows of ribbing.

What I did with the zipper was pull it out entirely, and then very carefully pin it back in without stretching the sweater *at all*.  One book I've looked at suggests doing this on a dress form, so that the sweater is stretched exactly as it will be when you're wearing it.  The rippling is caused by the zipper being longer than the space it's actually supposed to occupy.

In this case, between the first and second attempts, I removed almost an inch of zipper.


I thought about using the sewing machine darning, but the wedding sweater is a chunkier knit, and it would really show.

Aw bummer on the wedding sweater. I hope you get it figured out.

Thanks for the tip on the sweater zipper fix. I do have a mannequin so I can do that! Great idea!
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