WhatIWore: My shopping list of fall must haves is a mile long, but I’ll be attempting to sew and DIY a lot of them! One of my favorite pieces this season was from J.Crew, which is the inspiration for this project. I spent under $20 in beads (and used a sweatshirt I already had, turned inside out). Here’s how!
Scoop Neck Sweatshirt (mine is from Old Navy)
Scissors, Beading Needle & Thread
Fusible Interfacing (1/2 yd or less)
Start by chopping the sleeves off of your sweatshirt. You’ll want them long enough to roll up twice (in one inch bands). Cut one side, then lay the scrap onto the other sleeve as a guide so that you have exactly the same length.
Now we want to stabilize the knit fabric where we’ll be sewing our jewels because they can get a bit heavy. I used a medium weight fusible interfacing on the RIGHT side (outside) of the garment for the sleeves (because they are rolled) and on the WRONG side (inside) of the neckline. Initially I faced both the front and back necklines but later decided to omit the beading from the back and thus, removed the facing.
TIP: To get a perfect curve for your neckline, lay facing on top and trace right onto it!
Next we’ll lay out our beads to get an idea of where we’ll sew them and the placement. It’s helpful to take a quick photo with your iPhone at this stage so you can reference it as you sew.
With a long, thin beading needle, start sewing your beads to the garment. I started at the center front and worked my way to either side and sewed through each bead TWICE to give it more stability.
And that’s it! How much or little beading you use is up to you.
WhatIWore: Ever want to make your own fabric prints but weren’t sure how? May I suggest Scotch Colors & Patterns Duct Tape? I took on the challenge to transform a plain white skirt into a striped chevron pattern and I love the final result. This project will take you an afternoon and cost less than $5 in tape (if you already have the other supplies on hand). Now - let’s get started!