It’s frustrating when a sweater is too long and just doesn’t look good. With this simple alteration you can make a sweater fit you correctly! Let’s learn how to shorten a sweater.
I have a cute, white sweater that is WAY too long.
- A sweater that is too long
- Sewing supplies
How to Shorten a Sweater
I shortened a cardigan, but this would also work for a regular sweater. You wouldn’t have to worry about the button placement or buttonholes.
1. Put the sweater on and figure out how much shorter you want it to be. Remember what that amount is.
2. See the ribbing at the bottom? You want to keep that for your new hem.
3. Divide your previously found measurement in half. Mark the half measurement up from the top of the ribbing all the way around the sweater. This is the FOLD LINE.
4. Fold along the fold line all the way around the sweater and pin.
5. Sew with a zigzag stitch right along the top of the ribbing.
6. Trim the excess seam allowance down to 3/8 inch. Finish the edge by either serging or zigzagging.
7. Topstitch the seam allowance up towards the body.
8. It’ll look a little wavy when you’re done, so press it flat. Use a lot of steam to help the fibers return back to their normal place.
If you still have a problem with the seam being wavy, I find that washing helps the fibers return to normal. There is a chance that the fabric will be forever stretched out since sweater knit fabric is all unique and hard to work with.
It’s a nice change for a good cardigan that will be worn all the time!
Now it’s the perfect length. And I can wear the sweater! It’s also good to know how to fix a hole in a sweater, because it might get ripped!
If you shorten a sweater using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!