October 21, 2011

DIY Fri: Re-size A Sweater & Heart Elbow Patches

I've been adoring the elbow patch trend that I've been seeing all over sweaters and cardigans these days. I especially like the newer version, which is the heart elbow patches. I picked up the cutest, however frumpy and over-sized, pink heart sweater from Goodwill outlet, and have transformed it into a fitted top with a super cute touch!

-Big Sweater
-Sweater That Fits You
-Straight Pins
-Sewing Machine
-Scrap Fabric
-Fusible Interfacing
-Paper & Pencil
-Seam Ripper (if using a sweater that already fits)

To make an over-sized sweater smaller, simply lay another sweater that fits you well on top of the bigger one. Make sure the necklines and top of the sleeves match up. Using straight pins, trace the outline of the smaller sweater leaving about 1/4 inch for seam allowance.

Cut off the excess fabric outside of the pins. While still pinned, try the sweater on carefully and make sure it fits how you like; adjust if necessary.  With a straight stitch, sew the body of the sweater until the armpit seam. You want to leave the arm free so it's easier to sew on the elbow patch. If you are using a cardigan  or sweater you already have that fits, use a seam ripper to open up the sleeve so you can sew on the patch.

Try the sweater on again and pin the sleeves shut. Mark with an x where the sweater lays on your elbows.

Make a heart pattern using a pen and a piece of folder paper. Make sure it fits on the sweater sleeve, then cut out 2 from  the scrap fabric, and 2 from fusible interfacing. 

Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric hearts. Zig-zag stitch around the outer of each heart patch.

Pin the heart elbow patches where x marks the spot, and then zig-zag stitch the outer edges down. Then, flip the sweater inside out and sew the sleeves shut. Finish by using a zig-zag stitch on the inside seam allowances.  Always press a newly sewn garment.

I'm going to start putting elbow patches on everything, I swear. This is such a super girly and  lighthearted touch on a classic style. Not to mention it's super easy!

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