The incredible shrinking jumper

You may wonder where I am and what exactly I’m doing in this shot.

All will be revealed in the very near future (that is, if you haven’t already seen my weekend Instagrams and tweets, in which case you already know) but the purpose of today’s post is just to show you that I have yet again applied the scissors and sewing machine to an item of clothing to update it and get more wear from it. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same – whether you remove part of the garment or add to it? In my case, this jumper just keeps getting smaller. It once looked like this:

The material is a lovely cobalt blue boiled wool (?) that I bought and made into a turtlenecked poncho about 10 years ago while living in Tokyo. But ponchos are not so practical when you need to use your arms (which, unless you are an Irish dancer, is quite often) so, two years ago, I snipped and stitched some sleeves into it like so…
 


I also removed the turtleneck bit and of course sewed the sides together, removing excess material (I don’t seem to have any photos of this part of the project, but if you want to read more stunning wit about this garment, there are posts here and here.)

It then looked like this. I think at the time I was wanting a long-line jumper to cover my behind.


Recently though, I was trying out pieces in my wardrobe to work out what to keep and what to give to the op shop, and realised that this jumper would look a lot more contemporary if I shortened it. So a few snips and stitches later, here it is. I’m pretty sure this is its final incarnation – there’s not a lot more I could do to it, really!


 Outfit details: fur headband with vintage kimono ties, jumper and skirt all made by me. Everything else was either a present or from op shops and markets.

リメイク好きな方なら分かってくれると思いますが、たまには自分の作ったものでさえもリメイクしたくなりますよね?10年ぐらい前、東京に住んでいたとき、真っ青のウール地からポンチョを作りましたが、ポンチョってやっぱり手があまり動けないから、2年前には長めのセーターにリメイクしました。もっと着やすくなりましたが、それにしてもあまり似合わないのはなぜかな?とこの間、ワードローブからいろいろ合わせて試着しながら思いました。そしたら、ピンで短くしてみたらもっと今っぽくなって、合わせやすそうだったから、結局裾を切りとることにしました。どうですか?トップスの長さによって結構バランスが変わるので、もし長過ぎるのがあれば、切ってみてもいいかもしれませんね。このセーターは2回も小さくしちゃったから、これ以上切るのは無理だと思いますけど!