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Get The Look – Glamorous Embroidered Sweatshirt

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

This cute sweatshirt we found on asos is a good example of a simple accent adding a lot of elegance. This sweater is pretty simple on it’s own, but add a touch of embroidery in the right places and suddenly it’s worth nearly $80! The execution is chic but easy to do ourselves. Plus it’s a simple enough concept that there’s probably a shirt or sweater in your closet you could transform right now.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

All you need to give your sweatshirt an updated look is of course, a sweatshirt, some awesome heraldic designs (in this case, the corner and frame edge) and some lace. We’re going to use the heraldic pieces to build a frame, and then applique the lace underneath. The lace is meant to mimic the fishnet stitching on the original, and give it that elegant edge. What’s nice is that by combining these embroidery designs into a large “frame” piece, you can still get a pretty big finished result, even with a small hoop.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Start with your front piece. Pin or spray your lace in place on your sweater, and then stitch your heraldic designs on top of it, in a closed “frame” shape. This isn’t the same oval as the original inspiration, but I personally think this sort of triangle shape is more flattering anyway. If you want to get a better idea about how to lay these out like this, you can check out our original heraldic tutorial. When your frame is done stitching, carefully cut away the excess lace outside of the stitched edge.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Ok! So one down, two more to go. You’re going to repeat this technique on your sleeves. If you’ve never stitched on sleeves before, it’s simple! All you need to do is split the seams all along the side of your sweater and down your sleeve, to let the fabric lay flat. There’s an easy tutorial on how to do it here. Once your have your sleeve open and flat, you can stitch the same “framed” lace piece up on the shoulder. Do this on both sides.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Stitch the back of your sleeves and side of your sweater closed again, and you’re done.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

From plain closet sweater to a runway original, you can use this look on everything from tees to long sleeve shirts. It’s a bold statement without a lot of stitches and without the need for a giant hoop. The sweater from Glamorous was nice, but it always feels better to DIY, because you get to pick the cut, the colors, everything!

Quick Pic – Fit for a Queen Bee

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Flickr user Amy Herrington made this upholstery vinyl and faux leather purse fit for a queen! Or a queen bee. Either way. She used the regal little mini bee to create an embroidered fabric effect for the purse. Très chic!

Quick Pic – Robo Jeans

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Flickr user Tipsy Fox took the pockets off her 4 year old son’s jeans and monogrammed one with ZSC from the Steampunk Alphabet, and the other with a little Rabble Robot. What a super cute way to personalize a pair of jeans for a little man!

Quick Pic – Gothic Glam Bag

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UK stitcher Pendulous Threads makes all kinds of amazing bags and gothic accessories, and this one really shines. She used the dimensional Baroque Punk rose beautifully to accent the whole piece.

See more of her bags and even snap up some for yourself over on her website.

Quick Pic – Laced Up

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Laced up embroidered jeans

Janice Harris is working on a sew along called the Perfect Pattern Parcel, where you get a bunch of great patterns by independent designers. You support indie designers, and support children’s education through Donor’s Choose.  One of the patterns she made was these adorable pants, with the super cute “lace it up” accent stitched on the backs. Adorable!

You can see more about the project on her blog.

Quick Pic – Smiling Faces

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Smiling faces rocking awesome embroidery

Anne is starting up a business embroidering awesome T-shirts for kids. These lovely models are her twin granddaughters, along with their friends Puckette and Hoppy. The teddies are sporting awesome ship and owl designs, and the girls are rocking some lovely ombre parasols and a peacock. Look at those happy faces!

Quick Pic – Elegant Mendhika Bag

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So simple, so elegant. Divine inspiration from Amy on facebook. Decorate your own chic bag with the Mendhika design pack.