Despite my best efforts, the sweater fits like a tunic rather than a pullover - and dudes like my boyfriend haven't work tunics since the 1500s.
We both like the sweater in principle, but the truth is, if the pullover doesn't fit perfectly, he won't wear it - and it will drive me absolutely crazy. The damn thing is both too big and too long, except for the sleeves which fit perfectly. Because it is a drop-sleeve sweater, the body is essentially two large rectangles with some neck shaping. This makes it a bit easier to alter; at least I don't have to mess with the armscyes. I've given the alterations a lot of thought. Here are my goals:
- Make the sweater eight inches narrower.
- Make the sweater five inches shorter.
- Leave the neckline as it is (it looks really great actually).
- Make no changes to the sleeves.
- Cut apart the side seams and the sleeve seams.
- Using my sewing machine, sew a narrow and dense zigzag line two inches in along both sides of the body.
- Trim off the extra fabric outside the zigzag line. This will remove approximately eight inches from the width of the sweater.
- Reseam the sides and the sleeves.
These alterations will fix the width issue, but not the length. Like I did with my Handstrikket sweater, I plan to cut the sweater about two inches above the ribbing; this will shorten the sweater by five inches. I will then carefully pick up the stitches and then knit down to re-create the ribbing on the now-shorter sweater.