Red Jumper Redux


Yes… another red jumper! Hope you are not sick of seeing red jumpers…

This particular one is an old one of my Dad’s that I have been wearing around the house. My Mum gave it to me after it shrank in the wash – it’s 100% lambswool so it’s pretty well felted. I caught sight of myself in the mirror and realised how shapeless it is on me. So, I decided to give it a new shape!



Specifically, I decided to give it the shape of a nice (Ted Baker) jumper that I already own. This really was a quick and easy sew. I just laid the jumper I was using as a pattern on top of the red one and cut around it.


The blue jumper has a rather nice feature at the hem, which I copied as well.


The sleeves were roughly the right length so I left the cuffs intact, but I did take the sleeves in a bit.


Here’s how I pinned it to mark the stitching line. You can see I was considering doing more of a curve at the waist but decided against it.



I actually just used the off cuts as a template to cut the other side the same.



Here’s where I sewed. You can see I left the edges raw – as it’s fairly well felted, there wasn’t any ravelling.


For the hem edges, I did pin up a slight hem as the ribbing wasn’t as felted (for some reason).


I sewed it up with (invisible) catch stitches.




Here it is on – the shape is much better and this jumper has become something I really enjoy wearing. I don’t see my red jumper habit dying any time soon!








  1. Miss J

    Dad’s jumper is looking good! That hemline is fab.

    So great when you don’t have to edge finish stuff, I’m Queen of Cutting corners nowadays.
    Love the shoes!

  2. Kathryn

    Brilliant, what a transformation! It really does sound like a simple alteration too – I’m going to be keeping my eyes peeled for big jumpers in the charity shops, or ‘shrinking’ my husband’s!

    • charityshopchic

      Hi Kathryn and thanks for commenting! It works best if the jumper roughly fits you across the shoulders – otherwise you have to take off the sleeves and reattach, which is harder. Have fun felting!

  3. blissinger

    Snazzy! The hem detail is the best way to deal with the sweater’s length (or lack thereof). Great color on you. Dad would approve.

    • charityshopchic

      Felting just makes it easier if you are going to cut it up – you could do the same with a tightly-knitted jumper. Anything that is too loosely knitted will unravel. Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. clareyszabo

    Mate, I love this! Such a great colour on you and those shoes are gorgeous. Thanks Dad for the jumper! xx

  5. Kathie Turner Jones

    You do such a great job at the refashions! I want to be you when I grow up. :D
    Seriously though, I am enjoying looking back at what you have done and re-viewing ones I have seen before. Very motivating and inspiring.

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