Just a quick one today folks. I’d like to tell you about this rather ugly jumper that I bought from the YMCA shop in Middlesbrough for £2.99.
The overall shape is very ‘old lady’, and there isn’t a natural fibre in sight, but it has a pretty embroidered section around the neck in shades of blue and green.
Some minor tweaks were necessary. I cut off the sleeves first. The sleeves were machine-sewn onto the body using the same yarn in a chain stitch that’s often used for joining jumper sections together. It’s time-consuming to unpick as it’s difficult to tell which threads are holding the seam together and which are part of the fabric, but after some hours, it looked like this:
Happily, because the jumper was assembled as individual pieces, it meant that the armholes didn’t require finishing.
I also took in the sides, overlocking the new side seams to prevent unravelling.
The result is a blue tank top. Take note, Americans; in Britain this is the only type of garment that can be called a tank top. Specifically, it’s a sleeveless jumper. The kind of thing you’d call a ‘sweater vest’.
Since completing this project last summer I have worn it loads. I wear it over long and short sleeve shirts with a collar, and it’s great for spring/autumn when the weather is kind of transitional – a good alternative to jackets. Although it’s October, temperatures are still in the 20s here.
The below outfit gives you a good idea of how I have been wearing this. I’m wearing a charity shop men’s dress shirt that I bought on a trip to Upminster, Essex – sorry, I thought I had a picture of the original label for you, but I don’t. This has been a wardrobe staple for a year or two. I only wear it under jumpers because the body is too big, and the sleeves are rolled up because they’re too long, but… I still love it. I love wearing a men’s dress collar, maybe that’s just me. It never occurred to me to resize the shirt because it sort of works the way it is, but I suppose it’s possible I will make it fit better in the future. For that to happen it would have to come out of regular rotation for a while, and… well that’s not going to happen.
Anyway, I digress. We took some pictures on the way out to dinner near Pudding Lane, London. History buffs, this is where the Great Fire of London started in 1666, which burnt down practically the whole city! There is a Monument marking the spot which is a really tall column with a golden orb at the top. Unfortunately the whole area surrounding the monument is under construction at the moment, but we managed to take some pictures anyway. Enjoy!