I’ve had this sweater in my closet for about a year & a half now. It’s the only patterned sweater I have (surprisingly). I keep reminding myself every time I wear it that I need to get more patterned cardigans! The sparkly buttons really drew me in in the first place. I don’t really own a lot of items like this, but I love it!
For some reason, I feel like the proportions on this cardigan are slightly off for my body. I want the cardi to be either 4 inches longer or 4 inches shorter. Same with the sleeves. They’re just about 2 inches shy of being a full sleeve, but they’re too long to be considered a 3/4. The cardi tends to stretch a little bit during the day, so pushing up the sleeves is something I’m constantly doing through out the day. You’d think it was a nervous tick.
This morning while getting ready to go out to lunch with my parents & sisters, I tried on a bunch of cardigans with this tank, but I wasn’t really liking anything. This cardigan was the best, but didn’t quite go with its proportions. It was just slightly shorter than the tank, so it hit at a funny spot where it made me look bulky in funny places. It was time to re-think this cardigan. I spent about 20 minutes pinning (5 of that 20 was photographing my steps) and sewing to shorten the cardi. I like the length SOOOOO much better now! Here’s how I did it:
I didn’t want to make a new hem, so I measured out how much I wanted to shorten the sleeve & waistband by, then halfed it. with the cardi right side out, I folded the sleeve up until the end of the cuff & the fold read 3 inches. I pinned my fold in place & sewed along the hemmed line.
From there, I folded the cuff back over & ironed the seam down – use the highest setting your garment will allow. Then I cut off the excess & ironed again.
Looks pretty flawless, no? Isn’t that easy peasy? I’ve seen some tutorials online use this same technique for hemming denim. It’s a pretty quick way to shorten something & keep it looking professional. I love these results.
These proportions look so much better in my opinion. I think I’ll be getting a lot more use out of this cardigan now. What do you think? Do you have cardigans that hit at awkward spots? For outfit details & info, check out the fashion blog.