Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sweaters and Skinny Jeans 4

Hello Readers. This is the last of four sweaters and skinny jeans post. If you have had enough of these basic clothes, don't worry, this is the last of it. I have made some nice progress in my stash of refashion clothes so I can move on to other things. Today's sweater is a 2XL men's cotton V-neck sweater with some nice blue stripes. I have a confession; these are not truly jeans, they are more like dress pants.

First, let's work on this sweater. It is too big obviously but I really like stripes. I began by putting it on my dress form and pinning the sides. I needed to remove some fabric to make it fit me well. I pinned and pinned and then stitched new side seams. I used a zigzag stitch to stop the fraying and so it would have a little give when I put it on and off.

Here is a picture to show what I removed. The dog was really sleeping in my way but I took the same amount off both sides.

The arms were much too long. I cut the wrist binding off and moved it up the sleeve. I reattached it and cut off the excess fabric. The stripes influenced the placement of the binding. I wanted to keep the light and dark blue pattern so I attached the dark binding to a light blue stripe.

I did basically the same thing with the biding around the bottom of the sweater. I didn't want the sweater to be longer than hip length. I used a zigzag stitch to secure the raw edges so they wouldn't fray. I attached the dark blue binding to a light blue stripe to keep the stripe pattern going. I kept the sweater big enough to wear over another shirt because it's COLD out there.

These dress pants/trousers/slacks, whatever you want to call them, are too baggy. They aren't awful but I want to make them more fitted, like a cigarette pant. I narrowed the legs and shortened them a bit as well.

Here you can see what I removed from the pants. I was cautious and did my best not to make them too tight. I gave them a simple hem at the bottom and that was it.

I love these new pieces. I really like the dress pants, I don't have anything like them in my closet. I am pretty sure I can wear them year-round with tons of different tops.

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


mommy.in.austin said...

I'm totally stalking your blog. I love everything you do. I was inspired to take up two oversized jeans because you gave me courage! I'm SO SCARED to cut a sweater; I'm afraid it will just fall to pieces when I wash it. Thank you for your blog!

I Can Work With That said...

Hi mommy.in.austin. I am glad you like the blog. And I am glad to hear you got to the jeans. Don't be scared of the sweaters. If they seem to want to fray then just use a zigzag stitch on the edge. It will keep it all in place. You can do it!

Queen Of Rods said...

Nice job! Totally flattering fit :)

I Can Work With That said...

Thanks for the comment Queen Of Rods.
I love to hear from readers.

jenny_o said...

I love the picture of the sweater and the dog! It looks like the sweater is trying to keep from waking the dog up :)

And another good solid refashion. You must be getting to the bottom of your pile any day now ... aren't you?

I Can Work With That said...

I was trying not to wake the dog. He wasn't feeling well that day. He has arthritis and cold days are hard for him.
I made some progress but I am always on the look out for another clothes swap so even though I am making progress, I am adding to the stash. This might go on forever.haha

jenny_o said...

Aw, poor fellow. Will he tolerate a small blanket over him? Or a large one, that would do too. Some dogs like a nest.