I did a spring cleaning in my closet this weekend. I also went through my craft to-do pile to weed out the items that I realistically will not work on. I came across this sweater and knew I wanted to tweak it but was undecided how. This, and in conjunction with wanting to wear it soon, I decided to make this a short-sleeved sweater.
|Monkey arms, not to mention clingy!|
The arms on this beauty were so long, that I knew that the only way I would wear it soon (um, wool sweater in the summer?) was to chop them off. In addition, the arms were very itchy. These had to go!
|See ya, Sleeve-o!|
I took my cutting mat and rotary cutter and positioned the sleeve so it laid flat and cut about 2 inches from the last color stitch. It is a bit unnerving cutting knit, but once it is sewed, it won't fray.
|Colorful pins won't get lost in the bulk of the sweater|
I folded the cut edge under until there was about a quarter inch of dark pink showing.
I chose a ballpoint needle and used a zig-zag stitch and stitched just beyond the last color stitch to make a folded-over edge. I can go back later with a serger and finish the raw edge to prevent fraying. I have to hand wash this sweater, so the fraying should be minimal, but it is always nice to finish a raw edge for a professional look.
|Summer Lovin' Sweater!|
This is how it came out. I love it! The ribbing on the neck is very stretchy and I can have a wide neck or an off-the-shoulder look by pulling it down more. It will also look good with a denim jacket. Very chic!
I have the sleeves leftover; so I cut off more of the edge so they are straight.
Now that I have made orphans of the sleeves, I was trying to think of something fun to do with them. I had put them aside and was cleaning up from sewing and Vince was looking at my new Summer Lovin' Sweater and asked where the sleeves went. I went over to where I put them and they were gone!
I looked at Vince and he had thought of something to do with them...
We had a good laugh at that! I think they will look cuter on me but why rain on his parade, right? lol
I will put them aside with my winter wear and pull them out in December. Hopefully, the retro 80's fad is still in; I can't wait to wear 'em.