BUT NOT TODAY.
Boyfriend gave me his green and grey argyle sweater, claiming it fit him just fine but he "hated" it. I wasn't so sure about that because I thought he looked awesome in it, but I didn't wait too long to start making plans.
Originally it was going to be a hat. But then it hit me: I. Need. A. Sweater. Vest.
I got to work on it yesterday:
Big old thing.
Too big for me, even to wear in a cute, "I'm wearing my boyfriend's sweater" way.
So I chopped off the sleeves. Even then, there was a ton of extra fabric hanging everywhere, especially the shoulders:
I wanted to keep the bottom ribbing for ease. So the only way to do this was to adjust it from the top.
I found the ideal height for the shoulder pieces, pinned it, and sewed it. Then I took it in about two inches (each side!). I trimmed back the armholes so they were a decent width for my frame. I cut a deep V in the front and trimmed up all the excess fabric.
AMAZINGLY, the plain ribbed collar piece I had cut away from the original sweater fit my new neckline perfectly...but only in the front. The back of the neckline would have to be hemmed, as would the armholes.
I was not a little terrified at this prospect. This was a thin, well-worn, super stretchy fabric. All you had to do was give it the stinkeye and it would stretch out of shape. Bastard sweater wasn't going to win!
I took it slow and steady. That alone is an accomplishment for me.
The sewing machine hiccuped a few times, I'll admit. There was a minute there when the all-too-familiar hot tears of failure prickled against the backs of my eyes, as the machine coughed and snagged and bird nested.
But I fixed it and all turned out well. :)