Saturday, November 9, 2013

DIY Lace Overlay Sweatshirt Refashion


I got this idea for a lace overlay on a sweatshirt from So, Zo..., an incredible UK blogger, when it was floating around Pinterest a while back and have been dying to try it ever since. Admittedly, I was a little intimidated and let it swim around in my head until I just couldn't stand it any longer and had to give it a go! Here's what I did:

Start with regular old sweatshirt.











Remove bands. Cut arms off (remove those bands as well). Spilt sides and shoulders.











Pin lace (containing a little bit of stretch preferably) to the front side of the trunk and trim to fit. It helped me to keep the lace pinned flat to the front the whole time, just to make sure it kept against the correct (front) side.

Sew back together* in the reverse order of how it was taken apart, with lace overlay sandwiched between right sides.










*If necessary, make any resizing adjustments. I took about an inch or two from the shoulders as this was a man's sweatshirt. I also chose to shorten the sleeve length to just below the elbow.
Sew the bands back on. (Still with the lace pinned flat to the front.) This part took the most care. For each band, I pinned at half way marks, then half way again, and again (like you would elastic)... until I felt it was pinned and spaced evenly enough to zig-zag stitch back in place.








Woah, neck band! Had to do that sucker twice to get all the layers stitched down. (Also, had to unstitch the shoulder a little bit.)










I love the finished product! I love it so much, that I'm a little saddened to have given it away to my sister for her birthday this week. But, they say the best gifts are the ones you truly love yourself, right?










Happy Birthday, sister! Love you so much!!! xx
(Looks so cute on you!)











8 comments:

  1. Really cute, and yes the best gifts are from the heart which is the ones we love most. But now you know how to do it it shouldbe easy this time to make yourself one... LOL

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    1. And you'd better believe I will be making one for myself soon! Thanks for reading, Linda!

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    2. You make it look sew easy!

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    3. Thank you! But I assure you, it's not easy for me at all- yet. Maybe someday it will be!

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  2. I love this! Definitely plan to try soon! :)

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    1. Thank you- I'd love to see how yours turns out!

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  3. Beautiful refashion, a complete transformation!. I love your attention to detail, and the step by step photos are great.

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    1. Thank you! I haven't done too many of the step-by-steps so far, but will do more in the future for sure.

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