I was the first one to open a Christmas present this morning. My family watched with baited breath as I unwrapped it, and pulled a black sweater out of the box. It was covered with rhinestones and ribbon detailing and had obviously come from a thrift store.
“Try it on, Emily,” they said.
I tried it on. It was all wrong. It was way too BIG in the armpits, so that if I raised my arms it would cause that wing effect that I just hate. I have no picture of how it looked so instead I will insert a picture of Preston in a too-large sweatshirt.
There. That is how the sweater looked on me only it was fancy and covered with ribbons and rhinestones.
Not only that, but the sleeves were that awkward length of being too short but not short enough to be three-quarter length. The whole thing was very unfortunate but I said my “thank you”s and put it back in the box. There was a somewhat awkward moment, and Mom said, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t like it. The thrift store had a fill-a-bag for ten dollars deal and I just threw that in there in case you would like it.”
Then, someone else opened a present.
Later after every single present was opened I thought, “I bet I can fix this sweater.” So I took it into the sewing room, and I fixed it.
I hemmed the sleeves, to make them just-past-the-elbow length. I put it on my dressmaker’s dummy, and pinned and drew chalk lines and sewed and trimmed two inches out of the armpit and one inch off the shoulder until it fit.
Here are some “after” pictures.
That is my “just go already you stupid self-timer” smile.
Is it just me or do my eyes look very large in that picture?
We spent the afternoon picking up branches, among other things. Finally we are cleaning up the tree that fell down….how long ago was it? In any case, you can read about it here.
See the little red circle on my head? That was my Christmas covering. It had little green plaid lines in it and I believe it went on top of a jar full of Christmas goodies but it was round and Christmassy so I bopped it on my head for a veil this morning.
Well I borrowed Mom’s camera to take pictures of my sweater and while browsing through them I found one of Jenny’s cat that I thought was cute.
Merry Christmas, folks!
P.S. I may post a tutorial of how to make a too-big shirt fit right. It may be somewhat ameature of a tutorial. I have never done a tutorial before. I think it may be fun. If you REALLY want to know how I did that sweater, step by step, you can leave a comment and that will probably convince me to do my first tutorial.