Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sweaters and Skinny Jeans 2

Hello Readers. This is my second sweater and skinny jeans post. This black and gray outfit didn't need a dramatic refashion, it just needed small changes all over. It had the possibility to be great but there were so many things that bothered me about it.

The sweater is a nice light weight wool blend. It fit great and I liked the stripes but, the loose turtleneck was a little tall and in my face. It wasn't tight but it was stiff and it would brush my jaw line every so often. that was annoying. And the sleeves were too big. The loose bell sleeve is a cute idea if you have long arms. If you have short stumpy arms like me, this type of sleeve is just a cruel joke. I can't even push the long sleeves up because they are too loose. 

I narrowed the sleeves from the elbow to the wrist. That way they won't hang over my hands. It was very simple. The sweater doesn't fray when cut so this is an easy job. I cut the turtleneck off. I left the seam around the neck in place so it would hold its shape. I didn't expect the scoop neck to be so low. It was too a bit too revealing and would need a shirt under it. It wouldn't fit as well with a shirt under it. So...

I decided to add a little coverage. I turned the shirt inside out and pinned some lace on the front. I hand stitched it in place and cut off the excess. The lace won't fray so there is no need to worry about the raw cut edges. 

I have had these stretchy faded jeans for a while. They almost fit but the lower leg is too loose. It isn't quite a straight leg and it's not a skinny jeans fit either. I simply took them in on the sides. I took more off the lower leg, it needed to be tighter to fit smoothly into boots. I thought about distressing them. They are so faded, they would look good with some holes and tears. I didn't because it is just too cold for that. I would freeze.

I was pleased with the results. These two items went from things I wouldn't want to wear to things I will wear a lot.

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.


  1. I would like to do this with several of my sweaters (insert lace) but I never have the right colour lace. I'm going to have to break down and spend money :)

    1. Ugh, I feel your pain. Spending money is the worst. I find if I collect enough pieces for the refashion stash, I have trim for maybe half my projects. The other half I need to buy. I love Amazon though. They have more options than my local fabric store and the deliver.
      Happy sewing to you!