We all either have a sweat shirt like this (pictured left) or have seen them around Walmart / Target for $5-$10, am I right? Well for another $3 (zipper), plus a little sewing & cutting, you can give that sweatshirt a MAKEOVER.
I am going to call this a “California Sweatshirt” (can I patent that??) because let’s be honest–we Californians don’t need a sweatshirt even in the wintertime. But we looong to wear one, if only for a change in wardrobe. This one keeps you cool b/c of the sleeves AND the choice to unzip when it’s warm out.
Ok did I sell you on the cuteness of the sweater yet??? I love how just cutting off the sleeves gives it a boxy, square look. Not to mention helps it breathe & cools us Californians down a whole lot. The zipper installation was super easy & quick! I decided not to look up how to install a zipper, but instead just looked at a zipper on a dress I have, and attempted to mimic it. I want to learn how to read the construction of clothing and guess what guys…it worked! It may not be the conventional/standard way to install one, but it works perfectly for this sweater. I love the pop of gold it gives it. Ok I’m done obsessing over this sweater –er– tunic… keep reading for the full tutorial!
- a non-hooded sweatshirt
- a bright zipper (think: pink, blue, turquoise, anything that’ll make it pop!). I got this one from Joanns with a 50% off coupon
- sewing machine & white thread
- First we’re going to cut off the sleeves. Try on your sweatshirt & place a pin where the sweater hits about 2 inches above your wrist.
- Remove sweater and cut a nice, smooth, straight line. Remove pins
- Now place zipper down the front-middle of your sweater, pin the top and bottom, and try it on. (I’d do this because when I tried it on I noticed it was pinned a little crooked!) Make adjustments if necessary.
- Now for the bottom, carefully remove the pin from the zipper and pin back into place, so needle only goes through the sweater now.
- For the top, simply place a pin on the collar in the middle of the zipper, remove other two pins, and take away the zipper.
- Using a measuring tape (or any straight edge) pin a straight line connecting the top & bottom pins. Cut along that line down to the bottom pin.
- Place the zipper under the cut line, to make sure you cut it the correct length. It’s ok if the zipper pokes out of the tip a little; if it’s still doing that after we’ve sewn in the zipper (mine wasn’t), you can always fold it down & sew it.
- Now we’re going to fold about a half-inch, starting at the top, and pin to zipper.
- Pin both sides!
- Take it to the sewing machine! I used a white thread, as it blended with my sweater. Remove pins as you sew. I unzipped the sweater because it made it easier to sew.
- Here’s an easy tip for sewing the bottom part of the zipper:
- When the needle is poking through the fabric, grab the lever to…
- …lift up the foot peddle.
- Now you can turn the fabric around without loosing your place.
- When you’re ready to sew put the foot back down. I turned the foot, stitched a few time across the bottom, and turned the foot again to sew back up the other side.
- Hurray! You did it! See how easy that was… Now, it may not look perfect (see above..) but who ever wants things to be perfect?