I’ve got a new series for you! Or rather, a variation on a series I started 3 years ago called “Lazy Tips for Sewing Knits“. You can find that series linked in my header above – basic stuff like finding the grainline, getting the right length for a neckband, etc.
In this series, Lazy Tips for FIXING Knits, I’m going to highlight some of the ways I tweak a knit garment once it’s done to improve fit. Nobody’s projects turn out 100% of the time, but that’s no reason to give up on an imperfect garment! I’ll be gathering all of these posts under Lazy Tips in the header so that all of my knit resources are in one place.
Behold project #1: TOO MUCH PRINT!
Remember this lumberjane dress from a few days ago? Well, when you saw then was a reworked version of something I initially didn’t like wearing. Yes, even for me it’s possible to get overwhelmed by print! I wanted to much to like this dress, and it didn’t look terrible in pictures… but when I put it on to wear for work, I just couldn’t figure out how to balance all that plaid. I tried all my cardigans, different colour leggings, belts, scarves, you name it, but it still felt awkward. Even my husband agreed!
So here was my solution: More skin!
Left: The original dress. Centre: Dress with lowered neckline. Right: Also with shortened sleeves!
- First, I cut off the neckband, and scooped the neckline lower. I was a little overenthusiastic, so I used a nice wide neckband stretched snuggly to pull the neckline in.
- Out of curiosity, I also tucked the sleeves up so they end at the elbow – aka. in line with the waist. I think it accentuates the waistline more by creating a horizontal line at the pint, so I’ll make the change permanent!
Tweaking neckline and sleeve length are some of the easiest ways to change a garment once it’s sewn – no unpicking needed, just hack off the old and sew in the new.
Now, I’m not saying any of this is new or revolutionary! In fact, it’s a rather silly premise for a blog series… but I spend a lot of time on the CSC talking to beginners, and I think there’s a need for basic resources and practical advice! Tweaks like this can take a garment from “meh” to “win”, and I bet every one of us has something in our closet that could be easily improved!
Am I crazy for making this a series? Do you think my dress looks better after the tweaks? Let me know!