Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

Another drastic sweater size reduction

I've shown you before how to take in the side seams of a lightweight sweater and a chunkier sweater.  Here's my method in action again!

On this one I did try it on inside out and nip it in with pins. I took in the whole side seam, all the way from near the edge of the cuffs up the arms, turning at the shoulder seam and back down the bust/waist/hips.

I got this cute sweater (not even old, from Holiday '09) from Banana Republic at Goodwill Outlet, since I love grey and I love long sweaters.  It was two sizes two big, however.  I wore it once as a cozy sweatshirt-type look, but didn't feel that cute.  So I took it in!  The before:
And the after!
Muuuuch better!


  1. Brilliant! Love that shirt dress too! Gonna have to hit the local charity shops Monday...

  2. That's fantastic! Looks wonderful!

  3. This is great! I want to find some big sweaters, so I can take them in! You can take a really big one and transform it into a sweater dress by taking it in (it has to be big enough that it is also long enough!) ! :o)


  4. Anonymous12/11/2010

    It never fails to surprise me how much of a difference even a small resizing makes.

  5. You are such a lucky duck to find such a cute sweater at your Goodwill! I love how it looks after your alteration!

  6. Anonymous12/11/2010

    What a great find! Very nice job on the alterations too.

  7. got your text, yes we'll do fun stuff! btw, you're a genius.

  8. That's adorable! You take really good photos too.

  9. Anonymous12/12/2010

    This looks INCREDIBLE! I am definitely going to give this a shot. Thanks for the idea!

  10. you know what?...this may solve some problems for me...i can buy the larger sizes for the length and take them in for being skinny!...



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