Monday, 17 March 2014

Christopher Kane Inspired//DIY Appliqué Slogan Sweatshirt

I fell in love with pretty much everything from Christopher Kane's SS 2014 RTW collection. I'm not massively into floral prints myself but this flower based collection changed my opinion somewhat. I loved the mix of fabrics, science-book-like flower illustration prints, petal shaped cut-outs and the pastel and metallic colour palette. Among others, one of my favourite pieces was the mint green sweater with 'Flower' emblazoned across the chest. The chunky bold lettering made delicate by intricate white lace making up the word. This seemed like the perfect idea for a DIY! I already had a plain sweatshirt that was in need of a makeover and my ever-growing fabric stash was in desperate need of shrinking. This is a relatively simple and straight forward DIY that can be adapted for any colour sweatshirt and any word of your choosing.

There are only 2 materials that you will need for this DIY but you will need to have, or have access to, a sewing machine.

You will need:

Plain sweatshirt
Scrap fabric (amount depends on your chosen word and lettering size)
Paper & Pencil

I had a white sweatshirt so decided to go for an all-white design as I already had some Broderie Anglaise fabric that I could use.

Firstly you will need to decide on a word and font style for your sweater. I, Ironically, chose the word 'word' but you can come up with something more suited to you. 
The next thing is to decide on the font. I played around with a few in Illustrator until I decided on one I liked. You'll need to pick something quite bold and boxy as it will be a lot easier to cut and sew.
Print out the word and cut out, this will let you see what it will look like in fabric and will also be your pattern.

Once you are happy with the font and size, you will need to pin the pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut them out.

Once your letters are cut out, pin them to the sweatshirt in the position you want.

One by one, sew the letters down by using a zig-zag stitch. I programmed my machine to make the stitches close together so that all the raw edges would be secured.

I had already sewed the D down in place before I discovered that it needs some stabilisation behind, so my letter 'D' is a little wonky! Stitch and Tear is great but I didn't have any, so I just used plain white printer paper. This just helps the stitched stay neat and stops the sweatshirt fabric from moving and stretching too much.

Turn the sweatshirt inside out

Carefully, snip the sweatshirt fabric away from the letters. This will reveal the fabric letters that you have sewn on.

Continue until all the letters have been cut-away and turn your sweatshirt out the right way.

Then, you're done!

 overall, I'm pretty happy with the finished item, the jumper is a size too big really but I was trying to use things I already had. I'm definitely going to make another one in a smaller size and maybe experiment with different fabrics, maybe organza or a delicate lace.

This sweater is super cosy and not too heavy, so it's perfect for a British summer. It's perfect for throwing on over a top and shorts after a day at the beach, when you're feeling perhaps a little toasted and tired.

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