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!
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!
Why thank you, Miss J! The hemline is courtesy of Ted Baker, though…
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!
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!
I love the hemline detail – so simple but effective. Nice refashion!
Thanks, Charlie! I’m a big fan of this hemline and will definitely use it again.
Looking really good.
Thank you so much!
Oh that looks MUCH better! xx
Thank you, Kezzie, glad you like it.
Really cute, and I love the shoes.
Thanks! The shoes are going to be coming out a lot more this summer, I think ;-)
Excellent!!! I wish I could trace that sweater/jumper of yours to redo some of my own!
Love that sweater! The red colour is very flattering to you skin tones too! I’m curious though, who takes the pictures?
My long-suffering boyfriend, that’s who! Poor guy.
You don’t need the sweater, just draw a line so it’s tight around the waist and then flick it out towards the hip, then turn 90 degrees towards the hem – experiment until you like it! Happy sewing!
Such an improvement. It’s so simple but I would never have thought of doing that! And red is a great colour on you
Thanks, Jo! It was quick and easy and I now love to wear it even more.
Agreed, such a simple refashion can sometime have the biggest impact! Love it :)
Thanks! Sometimes the simple ones are the best… I have a few other candidates here who may get this treatment!
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.
Another amazing refashion. I spent the day hunting for old jumpers I could felt. I will be copying this one!
Excellent :-) Make sure it’s suitably oversized if you plan to wash it hot! Happy felting!
A new favourite for you. I love working on that felt one last week. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Jo x
Thanks, Jo. This jumper will certainly get lots of wear!
Ooh, nice! I’ll be on the lookout for oversized pure wool jumpers on the pound rails, to felt from now on!
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 :)
That hemline really made the plain jumper designer-looking! Great job!
Thank you! I’m rather pleased with it.
Mate, I love this! Such a great colour on you and those shoes are gorgeous. Thanks Dad for the jumper! xx
Yep, thanks Dad! The shoes will definitely be coming out more this summer!
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.
Thanks, Kathie! Glad you’re enjoying reading.
This looks great – such a better fit. I am loving your blog.
Hi Catherine, I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading!
That looks fantastic. I am inspired to have a go myself. Lynne