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Topic: All that baggy sweater needs is some ARMPITS - a simple resize  (Read 5434 times)
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« on: January 20, 2010 10:35:49 AM »

I live in Chicago - this winter I'm avoiding the use of public trans as much as possible and so have been enduring the cold even more than usual.  I need more sweaters.  I can't afford those pretty sweaters at urban outfitters and though I looove knitting that much nice yarn adds up to a pretty penny and I could mess it up pretty easily.  A local thrift store has 3 for $1.00 sales on certain tags every Sunday and there are tons of pretty sweaters in the mens section but of course they are all huge.  Many aren't even huge - but the armpits are down at my waist - what gives?!  Solution?  A simple resize!  Its a scary idea to cut that knit.. but really its no more difficult than a t-shirt resize.  Just throw your sewing machine onto a zigzag stitch and proceed as normal - VOILA!



For this one I cut right up the sides and made new arm holes entirely but some sweaters have that baseball tee tyle cut and you have to proceed with a bit more caution but its totally do-able.  Just practice on the less awesome ones in case Wink
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010 10:45:53 AM »

Love it! I trawl through charity shops myself for bargains and this tip will come in reet handy when I see a grandpa sweater for less than 1.50!! Cheesy -x-

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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010 11:10:11 AM »

fantastic! a local flea market near me is having a 20/$5.00 sale on clothes...maybe I aughta do this!

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010 08:07:36 PM »

i've always been scared about cutting into a sweater, but seeing your result makes me a little more confident about it Smiley will give this a shot soon...

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2010 08:51:45 PM »

Yay! I'm so glad others are excited about trying this project.  I wanted to post it because I was super hesitant about cutting into sweaters as well and couldn't find many other people that had done it.  Have confidence people!  Its alot easier than I imagined!
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2010 07:34:51 AM »

LOVE IT!!! Note to self, look in mens area of thirfts stores more often!!
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010 05:29:12 PM »

Love the men's wear on the ladies!  Looks so much better!
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010 05:33:09 PM »

First, I have to say I laughed so hard at that last photo. Those arm holes are HUGE!!! And second, you did a great job, very cute and well fitted.
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