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« on: March 29, 2012 09:39:14 AM »

I have a dilemma.  My Mum knitted me a jumper dress a few years back and it is lovely.  It's moss green (my favourite colour) with cables up the front and it's so warm and snuggly.  The catch?  It's about 5 sizes too big.  I'm not exaggerating, the sleeves are about 6" too long, the length comes to below my knee (it's supposed to be mid-thigh) and the neckline is so low I would have to wear a vest underneath just to make it decent.

I don't know what to do with it!

It's been in my wardrobe for about 4 years now and I'm about to move house and am trying to declutter.  So the logical side of my brain says give it away, send it to charity, give it to a friend.  If I haven't worn it in 4 years, there's no point keeping it.

But the emotional, sentimental crafter in me appreciates the huge amount of time and effort Mum put into it and I can't just get rid of it.  I've thought about frogging it and reusing the yarn, but it's cheap acrylic stuff and I already have so much yarn that I don't have a huge drive to do that.  I could try shrinking it in the wash to see if I could make it fit, but again it's cheap acrylic yarn so I don't think it's likely to shrink.  I should just give it to charity but I'd feel so bad if Mum ever found out!

What do you guys do when faced with this kind of situation? 
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012 07:29:00 PM »

Don't give it away. It has sentimental value even though you can't wear it.  You should try to find a way to repurpose it that will preserve the work your mum put into it...what about a couple of sofa cushions?
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012 07:38:53 PM »

since it's so long, you could always put on some tights and a tank top and wear it as a dress.  if it's too baggy, just belt it. 
as for the sleeves...i dunno how they were put together, but would it be possible to pull out some of the sleeve at the bottom, to make them the length you want and then just re-bind-off?
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012 04:07:31 PM »

(Oopsie, darn if that thread holding the skirt to the top didnt come undone all by itself)

Could you maybe redo the skirt in the size and length that you like, and repurpose the top into a few different items?  I've seen cute patterns for shruglike arm coverings (Charms?) that are just sleeves sewn together for the back, but no sides or length to them.  The remaining front/back could be narrowed into a vest or made into a scarf.  Good luck.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012 02:41:59 AM »

I have the same problem with a jumper that belonged to my Oma. I have too many cushions around the house already, and I don't look good in straight skirts. I like the shrug idea, but the sleeves aren't separate, so I would have to hem the edge of what I cut and that might look weird.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012 07:04:23 PM »

I  like everyone else say find a way to repurposed it . I like to say  the things of our past are the treasures of our futures. Just look on etsy and ebay or any where on the net. This was done with love just for you .if it was me id use it to snuggle by my fire but that's me. Think .it could be applique on a quilt with other memory fabric items a throw on the chair by cutting it up one side and binding it off. do a search for re purposing cloths and you can find thousand of ideas
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2012 09:34:30 AM »

A chair throw! Thanks. I don't need more blankets but I have a rocking chair that needs a new cover! This will be a great way to dress it up!
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