Gloomy Fall Sweater

I hate sweater dresses with a passion…

And this is why…

Maybe if I didn’t have the largest hips/thighs on planet earth, I would like sweater dresses. But, until I get a new body from the waist down… I’ll have to keep making modifications when I find these at thrift stores.

Luckily, they’re pretty easy to alter 🙂


And, let’s just say it, the sweater is too small overall anyway… so I used the scrap I had just cut off to add some inserts to the side seams.

Just evening it out so there are no curves to contend with.

I didn’t need both pieces, so I put one in my stash and cut the other scrap in half.


I didn’t measure or anything… this is strictly DIY.

I turned my sweater inside out and cut the existing seam up to the armpit.


Then, I pinned the scrap to one side (Right Sides Together).


Because I didn’t cut the top piece of the scrap on the angle, this is what it looked like after I sewed the opposite piece of the scrap to the other open seam of the sweater..


Oh well… Ain’t nothing I can do now but roll with it. So, I just cut off this excess. I repeat the process on the remaining side seam and this is how it turned out.


I just left the bottom hem raw.


Despite my cutting blunder, I think the insert turned out alright…


I’ve actually had this sweater finished for a while now but October has been the gloomiest month in recorded history in Indiana! I never had a chance to take clear pictures….

And this day was no exception! 🙂 Oh well…

Representin’ in my church’s parking lot.


This one was pretty easy. My hips/thighs are still gynormous but this hem line is definitely more flattering.

The sweater itself is really nice too. It’s lightweight for these fall days that want to be summer days, yet sheer enough I can layer with a jacket when it feels like winter. A very versatile piece.


Happy DIY-ing! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Gloomy Fall Sweater

  1. You did a great job! I love that you didn’t measure, I mean how perfect is that? 🙂 I love to do DIY sewing projects like that too. Love following your blog. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

    ps: Your hips are NOT gynormous.

  2. I like the design feature you created with the inserts, it turned out really great. BTW if you want to minimize your thighs wear trousers or jeans that are a solid dark color rather than the jeans with the fading or whiskering.

    1. I love your honesty and candor! 🙂 I’m not even being feciousious. That’s actually a really great idea! So simple, yet brilliant. I love these jeans but I think a dye job in a super dark color would help me feel more comfortable in these, for sure. Thanks for the tip!

  3. It’s crazy what a well-placed hemline will do for the overall look of a piece. I have to be careful with mine as well, because I’m widest at the hips and also short-waisted, and tops are usually either too short or too long. You’ve hit the sweet spot with this length. Love the unusual sleeves on the sweater. I actually like the insert being asymmetrical – and I’m happy you shared it, because I have a couple of things I want to add them to 🙂

    1. It is crazy! A stupid hem line can make or break an outfit.

      This is my preferred way to add extra room to a garment. I’ve tried it a few other ways (Doing a “V” panel in the back, for example) and I think this way not only looks better but is easier. I hope you find it easy to do when you try it 🙂

  4. This looks great! Very clever—I love the stripes. Sweater dresses do not flatter me due to my tummy and lack of a good waistline. I hate for every buldge to show. Thanks for this idea for sweater dresses and other ill-fitting sweaters, I am going to try it.

    1. Thank you, Ann. There’s definitely nothing wrong with my body type or yours or anybody’s! The point is (and I’m not so good at projecting that on here sometimes…) that you need to accentuate the parts of yourself you LIKE (not because you need to or are “supposed” to) because it just helps you feel better about yourself. 🙂

      I hope you find this tutorial helpful and easy when you try it out!

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