RAIDING MY SISTER’S CLOSET: MINI MAKEOVER (& TUTORIAL)
Aztec prints is one of those trends that I really like but have a hard time actually committing to. I’m not sure what it is about it, but I have never been able to find an aztec print that I really like, especially on a piece of clothing that I like. But when I found this sweater from Kiki La’Rue, I actually really liked the simple and graphic black and white print and thought I’d give it a go. They sent it to me, but after one second of having it on, I decided it was just too boxy and overwhelming for my figure.
But since my sisters and I were doing a mini makeover post today, I figured this new sweater was as good as any to put on the chopping block. So with this pin in mind, I took in the sides and hemmed the front at an angle, which I think is a much more flattering cut than the original square lapels.
Once it’s cool enough to actually wear a chunky sweater, I’ll be wearing it a ton. One easy fix made a world of difference for me!
you can see how overwhelming the sweater is on my frame, and how the boxy cut isn’t super flattering
Step 1. Turn your sweater inside out and pin the sides flat. Then sew from the end of the sleeve to the hem of the sweater as shown with the red dashed line. Cut off the seam allowance (cutting notches in the seam allowance at the armpit curve to avoid bunching) and zigzag or serge the raw edge. Repeat on the other side.
Step 2. Try on the sweater and determine where you want to cut and mark with a pin on the lapel and the hem. Take the sweater off and carefully cut from one pin to the other in a straight line.
Then take your raw edge and fold over twice and pin in place to create a rolled hem. Sew with a straight line along the rolled hem, securing it in place.
See the difference between the two sides? Repeat on the second side.
And you’re done! A much more flatter, less overwhelming sweater with a quick fix!