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!