DIY // Old To New // Cropping A Jumper

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The other day I went for a little bit of cheeky charity shopping, and came across this roll neck jumper (among other things, haul / post on this soon!)
And even thought I didn't really like it I saw the potential in it, and the opportunity to practice with my new sewing machine I got for Christmas.
It was only a pound, as is every clothing item in the charity shop that I was in, which is a bargain, so I thought why not!
I thought about re hemming the jumper, so that it could then be worn as a cropped jumper, to pair with the many high waisted items that I own.

So here is how I did it!

Step One - Three:

Put the jumper on, so you can see where abouts it sits on you, and so you can figure out where you want the new length of the jumper to end.
Fold under the jumper to this chosen length, and pin or clip around the edge evenly as a guideline.

Step Four:

Using a sewing machine (Or hand stitched if you don't have one available) line up the edge of the jumper to the point where you want to make the hem, but usually a hem is about 1-2cm from the edge.
I chose to use the edge of the foot as a guiding tool, so that I could keep the sewing roughly even as I went around.
I also decided to start my stitch at the side of the jumper, as this would potentially look the messiest bit, and would be hidden by your arm and be out of sight.

Step Five:

Sew along the edge of the jumper, trying your best not to stretch the material, as this will pucker the jumper, but instead let the machine guide the fabric through naturally.
(This is quite hard, I totally need to practice this!)
Remember to remove the pins or clips as you go along, as not to sew over them.

Step Six:

Once you have gone full circle and are back to the start of your sewing, go over the initial stitches, and do a backstitch, to secure this section. Do this as many times as you see fitting, depending on the thickness of the jumper or material.
I went back and forth about three times.

Step 7:

Once you have finished your backstitches, pull the jumper away from the machine, 
and cut the thread.
Sort out your machine, to however you like to leave it, and turn it off, as it is no longer needed.

Step 8:

Cut any loose thread from the jumper, ensuring that you don't pull or catch any of the stitching.

Step 9:

Unfold out the excess material from the bottom of your jumper, and lay it flat either on a table or on your lap.

Step 10:

Get yourself a pair of scissors (Preferable fabric scissors, need to get me some of them!) and slowly cut away the excess material as close to the line as you can go, 
being wary to not cut the seem stitching.
If you don't feel comfortable enough to go super close to the line, then leaving at least a 1cm length  of excess fabric is fine.

Step 11:

Once you have cut away the bottom section of the jumper, this is no longer needed.
But if you are a regular crafter, it is a good idea to keep this section as a scrap piece of material that you could use later. 
You never know when it might be needed, or what it could be turned into!

Step 12:

Once the bottom of your jumper is all cut away, and you are happy with how it looks, it's a good idea to iron down the new hem, just to make it sit a bit better.
Again try not to stretch the fabric while doing this, as the bottom is now a lot less heavy than it is used to, and could easily be stretched out.
Iron with more of a pressing down motion, rather than a side to side motion.

And that's it! 
You are done re-hemming and cropping your jumper!

Now all that is left is to try the jumper on again, and admire your handy work!
And begin the excitement of seeing how you can add it to your wardrobe and create new outfits!

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!
The fabric has stretched a little bit, but for my first ever hemming, I'm chuffed.
The fact that you can turn something that is quite old-fashioned, and not my style into something wearable without that much complication is so exciting.

I bought this jumper for £1, and have technically up-cycled it for nothing, seeing as I already had all the materials needed.
£1 for an on trend high neck cropped jumper, that would have probably cost at least £12 anywhere else, is just ridiculous.
And you also get such a rewarding feeling from doing it yourself.

 I think it's such an easy DIY and everyone who has an old jumper, sewing maching, or even a needle and thread should definitely give this a go!

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