Asked on Jan 23, 2020

How do l cut a sweater to make it a smaller size?



Got this beautiful sweater for Christmas and it’s little too big. Too late to return it

8 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Jan 23, 2020

    I lost 40 pounds and altered some of my sweaters. I turned it inside-out and ran a seam along the existing seam on each side. A few of them also needed shoulder seam alteration.

  • Nan W.
    on Jan 23, 2020

    Elsie: I must admit -- I kind of do it the lazy way --- wash in warm/hot water and then put in dryer! (Mostly tho... I do this by mistake with other garments! LOL)

  • Beth
    on Jan 23, 2020

    The kind of tough part will be dealing with the sleeves. Are the sleeves also a little too big? Because if so, you could clip the sweater inward, and run a line of stitches up from the bottom on each side and then down through the sleeve. You could also add some ruching, either at the back or along the sides, kind of like this:

    • Beth
      on Jan 23, 2020

      Glad I could help! Hopefully you can get everything altered to your desired fit and update your wardrobe once you're at your goal weight. Let us know how it goes!

  • Lucky Home Today
    on Jan 23, 2020

    Put in darts or take it in on the sides.

  • Joy30150932
    on Jan 23, 2020

    You could try sewing in the side seams a couple of inches. I would use a baste stitch first to see how it looks and then follow through with a more permanent stitch if you are happy with the results.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Jan 30, 2020

    You could take the sides in or get some clips and clip the back a little. Or try shrinking it in the dryer

  • Flipturn
    on Feb 12, 2020

    What is the fabric content of the sweater? If it is natural fibres such as wool or cotton, it should shrink when dried with hot heat, such as in a dryer.

    Where exactly is the sweater too large - neckline, in the shoulder width, sleeve length, or body?

    Posting a picture of the sweater would help us to see what you are starting with.

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