“It’s just fabric. You can do anything to it you can do to any fabric. Ya-da-ya-da-ya-da.”
I say that all the time to my knit students. It’s time to put up or shut up.
I have two pieces that I love to wear which are way too big. I lost some weight, and they are made of cotton which will widen with laundering. The armscye is too long or wide or big and therefore the extra must come from there. Almost 8 inches extra. Serious alteration.
Here’s what I am doing. Starting with the second favorite, just in case.
First, I sewed the new seam line on the machine using a slightly shorter stitch length than for woven fabric.
I resewed. Better.
Taking a deep breath, I cut the seam apart.
Then I zigzagged the lace seam binding on (We Southerners like unnecessary prepositions.) near the seam line. Just your basic Wright’s from Hancocks. Being a devoted hand sewer, I basted the fabric to the lace along its center. Probably not necessary, but Hey.
Finally I trimmed the seam and hand whipped it to the fabric.
Then I put it on the dress form to check how it hung. I like it. It gives the soft cotton some support along the seam line so that it hangs better than ever, yet doesn’t “constrain the knitted-ness” of the fabric. (Quoting Prudence Mapstone)
Now to do the other side, wear it, and launder it. If disaster occurs, I will report.