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« on: May 05, 2004 07:43:53 AM »

Ok, here's what I want to do, ideas appreciated-- I have a lot of cute summer dresses that, of course, show one's back, and since I have a sizeable upper back tattoo that my mother refuses to look at, I need some kind of bolero to wear with my dresses, pref. white since it will be summer time. (Bolero as in the 40s/50s type that generall always came with sundresses since no lady would be showing off her shoulders indoors... Grin).

Now, should I--

*buy a cardigan and try to reconstruct it?
*try to make one out of broadcloth/twill?  Embarrassed
*just find one on the internet and be willing to shell out the $$? Lips sealed
*hope i just happen to find a white bolero at the thrift store or mall?

Keep in my mind I'm def. not an expert at sewing and have never made anything with real sleeves, etc. so your standard envelope patterns won't be much help. I'm leaning toward finding a cute white sweater, cutting off the bottom and part of the sleeves, and putting some sort of trim along those same two places to keep it from falling apart. Does anyone see any potential pitfalls with that idea?
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2004 11:05:45 AM »

If I were attempting to retailor a sweater, I'd mark the new hem, crochet the new hem in and then cut away the excess.  There's a lot of risk involved with cutting a knitted item. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2004 10:52:18 AM »

Maybe use something like Fray-Check to keep the ends from unravelling?  I've never used it on a cut sweater but it seems like it might work.
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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2004 10:58:40 AM »

Beg borrow or steal a serger, then do your cutting and finishing of the edges with that.  I'd mark the cutting lines first with a water soluble pen and then use the serger to sew along that.  After it's cut and finished so it won't ravel you can add trim like bias tape or ric rac.  I've never used the serger to finish knitted fabric, but I've seen in done in books before.

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« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2004 12:44:37 PM »

Thanks BeppyCat, I actually finished this project a while back. All I did was cut off the sweater top I had where I wanted it and used double fold bias tape (aka quilt binding). This goes on both sides so it contains the fraying... No problems thus far. The sweater was a very small machine knit, one I got from Target (well, a new Target brand item via Goodwill) so it wouldn't really have frayed TOO bad anyway, but it needed the binding to keep it looking nice and not rolling up on me.

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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2004 01:11:27 PM »

Glad you worked it out well!  Isn't bias binding the best stuff ever?  I just love it!
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