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January 28, 2014

Sweetheart Sweatshirt Refashion

This week's challenge for Project Run & Play is a REFASHION.  I knew just the thing.  I had this gray sweatshirt for my 5 year old son, but realized it was too small for him.  I knew with a little work it'd be just right for my younger daughter.

When brainstorming ideas I decided to add a Valentine's day spin on it-- 'tis the season.

Here's how I made it:

1. Print off Heart Page HERE
2. Freezer paper
3. Red and White fabric paint
4. Embroidery thread
5. Shirt or sweatshirt

STEP ONE:  Print off heart and trace onto freezer paper.  Line sweatshirt with a brown bag or newspaper.

 STEP TWO:  Cut out heart out of the freezer paper.  Iron centered on sweatshirt in place.  Place stencil in place, iron down for 30 seconds.  Remove the inside heart.

STEP THREE:  Paint your heart.  I was going for an ombre effect.  So I had dark red on top, then added white with each layer going down.

I added three coats.  Repeating the process and waiting about an hour between each coat.

STEP FOUR:  After completely dry, remove freezer paper and iron down with a towel on top for 30 seconds.

STEP FIVE:  With embrodery thread make x's going around the heart.  I started with light pink at the bottom, changing threads darker as I went up.

STEP SIX:  Now onto the sewing.  I cut off the sleeves and resewed the middle to narrow the tummy part.

STEP SEVEN:  To make the neck thinner I just folded it to the inside, pinned it all down and zig zagged it down.

STEP EIGHT:  I wanted shorter, girlier sleeves, so I cut out a chunk in the middle and reattached the sleeve ribbing.

 All Done!

Again, here's all the changes I made.  Simple things to make it so cute.

Why, hello there, sweetheart.

Something about this photo below I am just really drawn to.  She looks so sad, but she's not.  And you can see baby's head photobombing at the very bottom-- ha, ha.

A perfect shirt for Valentine's Day!


jacq said...

the changes to the neck and arms make such a difference.
very cute.

jessilong said...

My sister and I had matching sweatshirts like this when I was a kid. I think I wore it till the sleeves were too tight to fit my arms through. No hand embroidery or puff sleeves though, this is adorable.

Courtney @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes said...

Our daughters would look so cute together with their giant hearts!

workpraysew said...

Very cute shirt now and your daughter is adorable. I love the look on her face.

Paisley Roots said...

Such a fun outfit for Valentines day! Love her smile with it!

marnae said...

Love how you altered the neck--it makes it so much more feminine. Great job!

Project Run & Play said...

Absolutely love the ombre heart! We made some red hearts too in our sew along refashion. You can see it here: http://skirtfixation.com/2014/01/childs-leather-jacket-made-leather-skirt/

Annie said...

Very cute! The hand stitches are lovely details!

Unknown said...

Gotta love some hand embroidery!! Cute look....and such a subtle detail of the ombre....

Emily Thompson said...

very cute! Just shortening the sleeves made such a difference. I love this week's challenge. I also linked up;o) a recycled sweater! Emily@nap-timecreations.com

Hanna Caldwell said...

This little sweatshirt is simply adorable! Not to mention your cute daughter modeling it :) I want to make one for mine now before Valentines! You also have such a cute blog in general! I love it so much we nominated it for a Liebster Award. You can get more details here: http://www.stripesandpolkadotsblog.com/2014/02/the-liebster-award.html

Unknown said...

That turned out adorable...Love it!!

Unknown said...

Very adorable remake and your daughter is very sweet! My daughter has a similar shirt and she LOVES it.