Ok so I have a few sweaters that saved me about $200 on merino. BUUUUT, they're often a size too large or I even pass over some of the very nice merino wool sweaters in XL or larger just because they don't fit. At $4 a shirt I never worried about it.
Well I was sitting there in my $4 merino sweater last night, looking at the way its constructed and thought hey this would be easy to downsize.
So, how do you guys downsize sweaters and shirts with seams that run up the sides (not tubular construction shirts like a buff)? I was thinking just open up the seam, take in the fabric from front and back by x"/2, repeating for each side. So four cuts total from bottom up to the arm pits. Then measure new arm holes and down size the sleeves from both sides of the seam like I did the body. Finally, reattach the sleeves to the body. Obviously this doesn't resize the neck or the shoulders but I am a large in the shoulders, small in the waste, and a medium in between. Swimmers physique I guess you'd call it?
I've never used a serger before, is it worth the hassle? I have one available to me but the thing is as intimidating like frankenstein. If not what seam should I use? How many stitches per inch on wool? It doesn't seem like the most durable material so I'm guessing flat lock seams or a serger is what I need to do.
I have sewn everything from 5oz dacron down to sil nylon for years but this clothing thing I've never learned how to do. Thanks for the help!
For reference, I'm getting my $4 100% merino sweaters and wool/synthetic blend shirts from good will. Wow that place has more options than a crappy camping store when it comes to clothing!