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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / EDIT: Cute sweater dress. Now with tutorial. on: January 05, 2008 05:41:00 AM
This started life as a men's XL jumper I found in a charity shop for 4.
I forgot to take before pictures, but basically it was just huuge with massively long sleeves.
2 hours and alot of perseverance later...

It's not quite as short as it looks in the picture.
What do you think?

(Sorry if it's a bit confusing, I've tried explaining as best I can but feel free to ask if you need any other help.)

1. Put on your big jumper inside out and pin it to your shape, from where the bottom of the armholes will be to the hem. (Picture 1)

2. Carefully take off the jumper, trying to not a) stab yourself, or b)lose any of the pins.

3. Sew along your lines of pins. I did three lines of stitching to make it extra secure.

4. Cut away the excess from the sides of the jumper, by following the line of stitching. Allow at least one inch to give you room to work with even if the nit starts fraying. Continue cutting up to the shoulder seams (past where you have stopped sewing at the bottom of the arm holes) still keeping at least an inch away from where the seam between the main body and sleeve will be. (Picture 2)

5. Measure the length of your sleeve hole, and on the sleeve you have cut off, find a place which is the same width as this measurement and cut it across one inch above this. Decide how long you want your sleeves to be, add two inches, and cut across the sleeve that amount below the first cut. Cut the cuffs off of the sleeves too. (Picture 3)

6. With the main body of the jumper inside out, put the piece of sleeve you have cut right way around inside the sleeve hole. You should have right sides together inside the jumper. Pin/tack the sleeve in one inch from the cut edge. This should make the new sleeve seam match the side seams. Sew in with your machine.

7. Turn the jumper the right way out. Place cuffs inside the sleeves with the right side facing out.(the right side of the cuff should be facing the inside of the sleeve). Pin/tack an inch away from the cut edge, then sew securely (or less than an inch if your cuffs are narrow. Pull the cuff out of the sleeve and fold it over so the right side is folded up over the sleeve. Use small stitches to keep the cuff in place if you want.

8. Finish all the seams for extra security. I'm planning on either binding them or using my neighbour's overlocker, but I've found that folding the cut edges of a seam in, then zigzagging these folded pieces together stops knitted fabrics from fraying.

Try and not pull the fabric about too much as this stretches it out of shape easily and cause fraying. By leaving an inch seam allowance you should have a bit of room for error if it does fray though.

I hope other people have a go at this, it really isn't as difficult as I've made it out to sound! I'd love to see pictures of your take on this!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pirate Treasure Kilt Pin on: November 19, 2007 06:01:05 AM

(The beads on the chain are supposed to be the treasure - gold and rubies and sapphires etc etc.)

This is the first project I've posted on Craftster so I'd love to hear your opinions!
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