I adored this piece when I opened a little package from Theresa in Mt. Vernon. "I have piles of sweaters that I don't wear anymore and thought you'd have fun working with knits!"
The floral knit was gorgeous, plus it was in my favorite mauve-ish/pink palette too! It was completely reminiscent of those big and baggy 80s sweaters - Dana Scott had some brilliant ones!!
Um fireworks? Amazing!! And the classic holiday one?! You can't go wrong using this one at those costumed holiday shindigs.
Right off the bat, I thought a pillow could be lovely with the rose being the focal point, but the idea of the sweater dress was a little more intriguing, not to mention it's back! Even Alexander Wang is doing them, albeit a bit distressed...
I decided just to make a few easy tweaks to go down the sweater dress route!
The shoulder pads were the first thing that got removed.
All I wanted to do was tighten this up and make it a bit more fitted so I could pair with some tights and boots. I tried the sweater on inside out and began pinning where I wanted to bring it in. I took it to the sewing machine next...
Because it was a looser knit, I went super slow just so the presser foot wouldn't get stuck in the loops which happened in the beginning. I stitched it twice with a zig zag stitch inbetween (2 straight lines with a zig zag in the middle) before I trimmed the excess. I didn't take the sleeves off and just made a longer stitch from the sleeves through the body of the piece. I took in about three inches on each side in the body and close to the same on the sleeves.
That was all - easy breezy. I took a fab pair of maroon DKNY tights I snagged at Marshalls, my brown boots and a half slip and tank combo underneath and it was ready for the rain!
From 80s baggy to a bit tighter, this was the just the warm and cozy outfit for the day.
In doing some sweater research, I came across the below which I could pretty much guarantee I had in my closet.
I think I need to go on a sweater hunt now!! Thanks Theresa!!