- Pins. Always, always, always, for any project, use pins.
- 1/4-1/2 of a yard of lace fabric (use your judgment and base it upon how much of the sweatshirt you want to be lace) matching or contrasting the sweatshirt
- 1 old or new sweatshirt, hooded or crewneck
- 1 package of double fold bias tape to match the lace color
- 1 spool of thread to match the lace color
- Seam ripper (a seamstress's best friend)
Once you have all that, you're ready to get started! Begin by cutting out the hood/collar very close to the hood/collar.
Try it on yourself, and determine how much extra you want to cut off. For me, I wanted it to be very slouchy, so I cut an extra inch off of the neckline all around. So it's even, mark a 1 inch line with a ruler around the neckline.
After doing that, make a judgment about where you want the panel to stop and draw a line. Then, about half an inch above that line, draw a parallel line: this is where you will cut (but not yet! Don't be too hasty!)
Now you have a piece of sweatshirt slightly smaller than the size of the lace panel you will put in. See?:
And you have a sweatshirt with a bunch of it cut out, like this:
Now, on to the sewing! Because of my own laziness, I have no pictures of this, but trust me in the process and comment if you have any questions on my directions. Alright, here goes!
- Cut the lace out using the cut out sweatshirt piece as a guide, giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the shoulder and side edges, no seam allowance on the neckline and a 1 inch seam allowance on the bottom edge.
- Pin and sew the bias tape along the neckline edge.
- Pin and sew the shoulders, one at a time.
- Pin and sew the sides, one at a time.
- Pin and sew the bottom.
- Fix any holes at the corners that may have been accidentally left.
And there you go! You now have a wonderful upcycled sweatshirt!