Taking in the sides on a sweater?

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  1. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    I've got a few sweaters that are really high quality and great fabrics but they are bunchy on the sides and look a bit sloppy.

    I'd like to slim them down on the sides, is there a way to do this or is that a fail waiting to happen?
     
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    Also curious about this.
     
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    CruzAzul Senior member

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    I have this done with regularity by my local tailor. They turn out great.
     
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    cuponoodles Senior member

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    Most tailors can do this pretty easily. If you're really picky, there are a few tailors (which can be found both in-store and online) who specialize in knitwear alterations
     
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    Liquidus Senior member

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    This can be done with wool sweaters? Do they just cut up the fabric?
     
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    landshark Senior member

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    It can be taken up the side seams through the sleeves. Just like a shirt.
     
  7. hammer07

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    I have had the sides and arms taken in on some of my sweaters with success. I think it does depend on how your sweater is constructed ie if there are side seams.
     
  8. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Wont such an action leave a bunchy arm or does it have to go all the way thru the arm?

    And to the question above, do they just restitch it and cut the extra fabric?
     
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    I believe so. The armhole will be raised/smaller if you want to take it in through the arms too.
     

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