Sometimes a girl just needs a bit more than a sweater, but not quite a coat. Soft and cozy, long but not bulky. Dressy, but a little bit fun and funky.
Enter the sweater upcycle!
This began as a darling little off-white sweater, purchased at a large chain store. It is wonderful on it's own, but somehow I think it felt destined for greater things...
Luckily, I had some extra-wide blue lace trim, and some blue beaded lace edging from a project we did earlier in the year for the Gilded Girls Stash Society.
A dig through the odds-and-ends jar yielded a sparkly rhinestone and gold button, just right for replacing the plastic one that came on the sweater.
A quick trip to the park proved the versatility of a design like this. It remains machine washable, so it does not feel too "precious" to be loved and used well.
The wide lace trim was cut lengthwise into two pieces, with one being about 3 1/2" wider than the other. The only machine used on this project was to serge the two pieces of lace together along the raw edge.
The ruffling and attaching of the lace was all done by hand, as were the lace flowers and the banding around the neck and bottom. It all took about 5-1/2 hours.
There is something so satisfying to me about handstitching! I know that not everyone feels the same, but I really do love it...
Cream Ruffle Sweater ~ Target
Skinny Jeans ~ True Religion
Boots and Tank Top ~ Baby Gap
Blue Lace ~ A Gilded Life