|Inspiration photo from Pinterest|
I’ve had this photograph pinned on Pinterest for a while now so last weekend I decided to tackle it! Pinterest isn’t letting me click through to the original source for this photo.
I found a rather simple navy blue sweater at my local Salvation Army. It’s nothing special, no special materials or anything, but it is very soft, fits well and has a fine knit. It is also in great shape: no tears, pulls, or stains, it has retained its shape and isn’t too pilly.
I purchased 1 yard of pink ribbon at my go-to fabric store. The sweater was $4.50 and the ribbon was $1.65. I already had matching thread, so I got a new and very unique sweater for less than $7!
1. Cut through the neckline and on either side of the shoulder seam to as far down the arm as you want. Remove the bulky shoulder seam.
|Cut a slit at the shoulder|
|Stay stitch the raw edge|
4. Gently and without stretching the fabric, fold the seam over, laying the ribbon in as you go. As I got closer to the end of the slit, my seam became less of a fold and more of a roll. Just be sure to get the raw edge tucked inside the seam. Also, if your new shoulder slit crosses any seams, be sure to keep them aligned as you fold over the raw edge.
|Pinned seam with the ribbon pinned into the seam|
I chose a small stitch, a size 2 on my machine. I had to advance it by hand to work it over the neck seam.
|Here you can see the hand basting|
7. Finish the seam on the ends of the ribbon. Fold ¼ inch of the raw edge of the ribbon, press with the iron, then fold and press ¼ inch again. Unfold and trim the edge to 1/8 inch of the first fold and clip the corners. Fold the seam again, pin, sew, and press.
|Clip the corners of the seam|
|The ribbon, sewn into the finished seam|
|Pin the ribbon so it lays flat against the seam (wrong side)|
|Sew the ribbon flat to the seam|
|Love the bare shoulder peeking out!|
I think this would also be pretty with a longer slit down the arm, and lace inset into the slit up to the shoulder bow. This would be a great solution to a sweater that fits in the body, but the arms are too slim. Hmmmm…going to have to find another thrift store sweater now!!
Loving it with my new pale pink pumps!!