Fa la la la la! I love the holidays!!
But one thing I don’t love is all the correspondence it entails. Email just won’t cut it at this time of year.
Sorry for the short absence from the WWW – just been overwhelmed with sending holiday packages, cards, New Year’s greetings, baking Christmas cookies, and gift-shopping.
7 packages, 27 cards, 11 packages of cookies, 9 holiday letters with photos later…I always overachieve this time of year and end up dropping off the face of the planet for about a week. Plus, spending an hour and a half standing in line at the post office yesterday (in THREE separate lines – one for parking, one for the automatic postal machine, and one for the window) can put anyone into a bit of a bah humbug mood. Or make one go postal. Yuk yuk yuk. Can anyone relate?
But I love the holidays – all the festivities of, all the traditions – seriously, the most happy times growing up.
I wanted to share a DIY I finished a little while ago with all of you.
Perhaps you or your SO has a fuzzy gray sweater or fleece in need of a makeover?
Who says winter sweaters have to be long-sleeved? This one is super-cute with armwarmers, gloves, or another layer underneath for when the weather outside is frightful.
Scanned from Vivi December 2009 issue. What can I say – I love this magazine maybe a bit too much!:-)
So I figured, why not make this from an oversized sweater? (after the jump)
DIY: MEN’S SWEATER TO EMBELLISHED SHORT-SLEEVE TOP
oversized sweater (nubby knit or fleece, preferably men’s) // 9 faceted sew-on jewels
scissors // pins // needle and thread // sewing machine // sewing machine needle for knits
1. Cut off sleeves and trim neckline into a V-neck.
2. Turn under sleeve cuffs and stitch raw edges down. (not pictured)
3. To size the sweater smaller (if using a men’s sweater), try on sweater and pinch extra fabric at back of neck until V-neck lays properly on your collarbone (i.e., not too wide). Have a friend stick a pin in the excess, take off the shirt, and turn inside-out. Pin in a line down the center back, all the way to the hem.
4. Unpick the bottom hem of the shirt so you can flatten the line you pinned all the way down to the cut edge of the fabric. (Probably about 1″ or so on either side of the line you pinned.)
5. Sew CB line all the way to the cut edge. (not pictured)
6. Turn hem under once more and re-stitch hemline. (not pictured)
7. Cut off excess of CB seam. (not pictured – obviously, I got lazy here)
8. Turn under seam allowance around neckline, and stitch down. (not pictured)
9. Sew jewels around neckline.
I’m thinking about resetting the sleeves so the shoulder seam is shorter, which I think might make this less matronly and more like the original.
But maybe I’ll leave it as is!These little jewels were in a multisize pack of 25 for about $3.99 at Jo-Ann’s. And the shirt was $6.99 at Goodwill. Super-warm!
Happy DIY’ing…and Happy Birthday to me! (It’s today!) Not quite sure the appropriate emotional response…but hopefully I’m another year wiser! (Maybe to avoid the P.O. after December 15 next year?)
what a great diy! i love the idea of short sleeve sweaters=D i think this would make a great layering piece! i love the stud detailing, as well:) thx for sharing! happy birthday to u!!:D
Happy B-Day,my fellow diy-er! I added most of your tutorials to my diy tutes directory!
I really like yor 'Don't buy DIY' posts, truly inspiring!
happy birthday–i hope you don't get too many “merry christmas/happy birthday” dual purpose gifts (just because you were born in december doesn't mean you should get jipped on gifts…). thanks for another cool DIY post, the top is super cute. and as for taking in the shoulder seams, it could add an extra feminine touch but either way, it's super cute!
dag nabbit you've done it again!! i love this top
I will definetly have to try this. Maybe this week since I don't have that much to do!
♥ Stolen Stiletto
Hey. Where did u buy that hurricane sweater?
Mine is broken, and it was my favourite 🙁 And i can’t find it anymore…
What is a “hurricane sweater”? The sweater I used in this DIY I found at my local Goodwill. Maybe you can find what you’re looking for at a thrift shop?