This might just be my favorite day yet. I LOVE the way this turned out and am going to wear it often.
You can see the before here. I found it at the Community Aid store for $2.50. It was in the Plus section which BTW is a good place to look for sweaters to embellish. You can use the extra material to make matching pieces like for instance the ruffles on this sweater.
First I cut off all the ribbed knit trim on this oversized sweater then reattached it after I sized the sweater down. When I reattached I ruffled it. I also altered the shape of the front. I also made the felted wool flower pinned to the side. It gives the camel colored sweater a splash of color. See the tutorial later today.
1. Cut the ribbed trim off of the front, collar, cuffs and waist.
2. I then resized the sweater. Tutorial for resizing is coming this weekend. After resizing I cut the front bottom corners to give the sweater a more rounded look.
3. Reattach the ribbed trim but gather it when you sew it back onto the sweater. Since you resized it and changed the shape you should be able to have enough ribbed trim to gather.
4. Resize the cuffs. To do this I simply turned it inside out and pinned close to my arm. Took it off and sewed it where the pins were then cut off the excess sweater material.
5. I then cut the sleeves so that I will have enough room to reattach the cuffs.
6. Turn the cuff right side out and place it inside the sleeve which is wrong side out. Both right sides should be touching. Sew sleeve to cuff.
7. To make the flower, I cut up a felted sweater into various sized flower shapes and stacked them on top of each other. I then cut a long piece of off white felted sweater with pinking shears about 3" long and 3/8" wide.
8. I then cut two leaves out of felted wool sweater and rolled up the pinked piece and glued it all together. I then used a safety pin to attach to sweater.