Sunday, September 12, 2010

As If You Want to Hear More About My Sweater....342 days to go!

Well thank you, everyone, for the thoughtful sweater thoughts (they were very thoughtful...did I use that word enough?) So, here's the sweater in question..I got it for something like $4.00, new, from Tulle's on Tulle's Day.

Tulle's Day, blessed event that it is, has now been discontinued. But before it's discontinuation, it was on the first Tuesday of every month. Some months were better than others. But, I got practically a whole new wardrobe from Tulle's, for a SONG. This sweater was one of those items. It's just is modern, but with that classic, Tulle's vintage twist....the knit is nice, not scratchy, it fits great. But, I found some of the Tulle's Day items can be a little sketchy in the quality department. It seems like it is always All or Nothing with them. This is the 2nd Tulle's item I've had fraying with, in the boob area (And like I said, I do NOT qualify as well-endowed! Not by a mile...or a cup size).

Anyway, I thought I would show you the sweater. It looks better on...but seeing as I refuse to wear makeup on Sundays, I'm gonna skip self-portraits.

Here's a closeup of the dreaded looks worse in person, or when the sweater knit is stretched.

And here's me pointing to it's placement. 

It's not a super big deal....but I really can't wear it until I fix it, because that hole will only get bigger! BUT! I have a game plan...I'm gonna do one of the following things:

a) Bring it home and beg my Mom to help me. Very grown up, I know!
b) Try to bring the loops of the yarns together with some thread and tie it off. I could hide the threads up under the seam.

Although, the bedazzler option that someone mentioned is sounding more and more simple, and classy.

I hate to make SUCH a big deal out of a sweater...but when you aren't buying clothes for a year, suddenly a sweater seems much more important than it did! And, of course, I am mentioning it here because it is topical. So, it's time to spill your guts...have any of you lost a beloved sweater or any other piece of clothing?  I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below:) Have a great week! I'll try to do some alterations out of my alteration basket! Maybe I'll even transform an item or two!


  1. I had a Victorian-style button sweater that was perwinkle (my favorite color) that I had to throw away because it was to worn and had holes in it. :(

  2. That's too bad, it sounds like it was pretty!! Getting holes in a favorite sweater is just the worst! I am really glad this is just one hole instead of a lot of little moth holes or something.

  3. My mother is famous for throwing beautiful clothes into the Goodwill Bag. I try to rescue as many as I can. I once rescued a BEAUTIFUL black sweater with a colorful sequin appliqué in front which stretched from shoulder to shoulder. It was perfect for Christmas Parties and I wore it to many.

    The only thing wrong with the sweater was a hole under one armpit. I whipped out my embroidery thread and needle and stitched it up. Because it was under the arm, no one could see the repair. The following year it developed a hole under the other arm. Again I stitched it up and wore it. A couple of years went by and another hole developed on one elbow. I stitched up that hole, and because the forearm was tight and the upper arm baggy I wore it with the sleeves pushed up a bit. The baggy part hung down and hid the repair. (I was starting to wonder though—“What the heck is eating my sweater!?” It’s synthetic-no natural fibers—and I keep it in a vermin free place…

    This year, though, I’ve discovered that it has developed a hole in the middle of the back! I am devastated! No way to hide that one! But I can’t bear to part with it. I’ve got it in my repair basket, hoping to salvage the sequin appliqué at least. So I know what it’s like to lose a beloved garment, especially when you can’t afford to replace it—or when, like this one, it’s a one-of-a-kind irreplaceable item.

    Here’s hoping you can salvage that sweater of your own. If I think of something, I’ll let you know.

    Best Wishes,

  4. Go ahead and sew up the hole from the back with thread that matches as closely with the color of the sweater as you can find. Then, if the repair shows too obviously, loop a pretty scarf around your neck and let it hang down far enough to cover the repair. Or use a long scarf--not a muffler--and loop it just about where the repair is.

    Good Luck!

  5. Rider,

    I am so sorry that you also know the pain of the loss of a sweater!:) It sounds like yours is much less irreplaceable than mine, as mine is relatively new. Sometimes those off-chance fashion finds are the best ones. I appreciate your take on how I should repair it, that is what I am leaning towards...and my Mom has graciously said she'll help, and she is great at that stuff. I have my fingers crossed for my sweater, and for yours!

  6. Seeing where the hole is, stitch it up from underneath, and perhaps sew on a piece of velvet ribbon over the seam on the frony. You can do that with an invisible stitch, and it would reinforce the area where the hole is. It would also jazz up your sweater, and you might find yourself wearing it more often.