Remember this shot by Garance Dore I was so captivated by in April? Well I've lusted after that gorgeous chunky aran-knit sweater ever since but just couldn't convince myself to spend RM300 (MNG) or HKD400 (H&M) on it.
And the cravings got worse. It seems the darn things are a trend this season so they're everywhere. On the Sartorialist, on the runway, even on The Man Repeller which I find a great read but not exactly my style guru. I was being haunted by a frigging sweater!
But a perfect sweater would not also cost me an arm and a leg. So... here's how I bought a HKD30 sweater and modded it into my perfect sweater.
This is the after shot. I was so excited by this project that I completely forgot to take before shots. Let's just say it started out more like this - only a whole lot more tent-like.
I found it in the street market right outside my apartment block. They have outlet clothes for sale every now and then and this one caught my eye. I loved the knit, the colour, the scoop neck and the flared sleeves - the only problem was that it opened up after the buttons and made me look like a wig wam.
The first thing I did was to stitch up the part in the centre (from the hem to the buttons) which made it a jumper and realigned it.
Then I put it on inside out, and using the pinch + safety pin method, marked out where my body was.
Then I simply hand stitched the sweater along those lines. I then put it on again, and took it in a little more at the waist.
Finally, I cut off the excess material and hand washed it. Voila! My sweater:
|Really love those sleeves!|
Now if only the weather would get frosty enough that I could actually WEAR it. I will bring it to Italy and hope.