Friday, March 22, 2013

Sweatshirt Tutorial


Thank you all for the sweet comments about my sweatshirts! I accidentally shrunk one & resorted to cutting the collar in order to make the sleeves fall so they would be long enough. I ended up loving the look, so I cut another one! :) I did this with the Gap Sunkissed Pullover in green (although I was loving the grey one) but you can do this with any crewneck sweatshirt. You know I am a bargain hunter, so I got this sweatshirt 40% off a few weeks ago, Gap is always having sales so although the original price is high, there's a good chance you can find it cheaper.

Other great options for crewneck sweatshirts you can style this way would be this Forever21 Pullover or this American Apparel Fleece.

You know I was THISCLOSE to cutting Harper's too. But it just looked so damn cute how it was, I just couldn't. Yet.

 Mama Sweatshirt, Baby Sweatshirt

This is super simple & anyone can do it. All you need is a sharp pair of scissors (I think mine are even made for fabric) so you don't get frayed/jagged edges. 
Lay your shirt flat on the floor & smooth out the wrinkles (clearly I had not gotten that far in my first pic). Start with the scissors about one inch (or LESS) from the collar on one side and cut very shallow at an angle toward the center of your collar so that you actually touch it in the middle. Then scoop back up and aim for the same spot on the other side. Try your best to do long, smooth cuts to avoid jagged edges.


The trick is making sure that you don't cut too far away from the actual collar. Although it appears that I just cut the sweatshirt straight across starting a few inches down the sleeve, that would definitely result in your shirt falling right off. A little goes a long way here! :)
I used the same method to cut my Hello Apparel sweatshirt shown in this post!

And please don't kill me if you eff it up.
Maybe practice on an old fitted tshirt or something first? :)
Hope that is helpful, happy cutting & good luck!

39 comments:

  1. Thank you!! I always screw mine up and hopefully I'll get it right! Haha. I was just curious. You said you flew home to be by your sick daughter and I was just curious what you do for a living. It must stink to travel but you have a beautiful family! And an amazing blog that I love reading :) Also, I'm new to all of this and you and your followers have helped me with my blog. I still have a long ways to go! Haha. Thank you!!

    Kelsey

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  2. Thanks! I was wondering how you did this! I will definitely try it on a tshirt first! Thanks for all the ideas! I need as much fashion help as I can get!

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  3. I always cut wayyy too much so I am following your advice & going to try my best not to get scissor happy :)

    -jen
    burlapandbaby.blogspot.com

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  4. I love your tips and tutorials! I am definitely going to have to try this soon!

    Megan

    abrinkadventure.blogspot.com

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  5. I absoutly love reading your blog. You are so talented and I enjoy all you tutorials. I'm a teen mom so not many friend my age with babies so reading your blog makes me feel as though I have someone to relate to about being a mommy. I'm sorry that precious Harper is under the weather I hope she feels better soon!!

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  6. Love the look! Sometimes crew neck sweatshirts look so ho hum, so this dresses it up a bit. thanks!

    Kelsi

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  7. Definitely trying this tonight with my sweatshirt that is just so not flattering as-is. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. I have the same hello sweatshirt in grey and to my disappointment it is really short in the torso area, never thought to cut the neck, going to give it a try!!

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  10. I am so going to do this. Thanks for the idea. You should do make up hair and pictures of you in day to day outfits. I always need ideas

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  11. Thanks! Worse comes to worse you throw a tank on under it, right?

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  12. What a cute idea. I love the way it hangs off your shoulders.

    I hope Harper is feeling better! Our children have all had a horrific stomach bug for a week and a half.

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  13. I am a serious LBG addict! My hubby and I are currently trying to get pregnant, and I can't wait to have a baby of our own. Harper is lucky to have such an awesome, fun momma!! I hope I can be an amazing mom like you!!

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  14. Thank you so much! I have tried to cut a few old tees for gym wear because I hate how I feel strangled by crew necks... Mine always look redonkulous because I can never gauge where to start/stop correctly. NOW, I know! I wouldn't have been able to cut little Harper's yet either, she looks so precious!

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  15. Love this! Hope you post more fashion tips. I'm always looking for cute comfy mommy outfits!

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  16. please tell me you're wearing a strapless bra in the red sweatshirt pic because if you can wear that shirt without a bra after having a baby and breastfeeding and I can't, I'm gonna jump off my balcony... hahahaha..

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  17. I have some sweatshirts that are about to get mangled. I really love the off-the-shoulder look and cutting thrift store sweatshirts would be so much cheaper than buying off-the-shoulder shirts new! Thanks a billion for the tutorial.

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  18. Super cute! I did this with a bunch of boys large hanes t shirts last year and they were great with cut off shorts!

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  19. I was about to attempt this today so I'm reallllly glad you posted this tutorial!!! Love the way it looks!

    www.anchoredtolove.blogspot.com

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  20. Thanks for sharing! I have a gray Old Navy crew neck sweatshirt and the neck opening is a little wider than the Gap ones. To compensate I started my cut at 0.75 of an inch instead of one inch. Also, I used some white chalk to draw the line where I was going to cut. It came out perfect for me.

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  21. Hi Jessica! I have been a devoted reader of your blog for a long time now, and I was wondering if anyone has ever told you about making youtube videos. I honestly would love to see decor, fashion, and cooking videos from you in real time. I know I sound absolutely crazy asking you this considering you are a working mother with a one year old... but I thought I would still put in my suggestions. :) Hope this is something you consider in the future.

    Hannah from Louisiana

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  22. I love your style! I agree more fashion tips! Make-up maybe, what products do you use on your face? Always so flawless!


    http://mamaslittlesecretblog.blogspot.com/

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  23. I Do This With T-shirts Also. Another To Is To FOld f It In Half So The Sides Are Symmetrical.

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  24. I Have Done This With T-shirts. Folding Then In Half Makes The Cut Symmetrical.

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  25. Love this!

    happylifeinlove.blogspot.com

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  26. This is kind of a random question! But where do you get your cute straws ? Ive been looking everywhere!! :)

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  27. Totally going to make one! Thanks for the tutorial, but I am going to take your advice and practice on some T Shirts..I'll just take some of my husbands..then put them back in his drawer ;)

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  28. Tried this today on a sweatshirt from Target and it worked perfectly! They have some really soft, cheap sweatshirts in fun spring colors right now. I posted it on my blog and linked to you. Great idea, the sleeves are NEVER long enough for me!

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  29. HAHA This is great. As easy as this looks, I've always screw up mine. Which sucks when you do it to a vintage sweater you can't find again HAHA

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  30. I assume this would work the same with a hooded sweatshirt, cutting the hood off?

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  31. This was great! Used an old hooded sweatshirt which was bound for Goodwill- it will be staying with me now :)

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  32. This was great! Did it with a hooded sweatshirt bound for the goodwill- now it's mine again!

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  33. I know this so super late, but I was hoping to make these for my bridesmaids to wear while we're getting ready. Do you know if this is a "staple" sweatshirt that the GAP carries every year and updates the colors? They only have yellow and navy right now, which would actually be perfect, but since thr all that is left I wondered of it was something you've noticed they carry every season. Thanks :)

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  34. omg thank you for this. i just got a sweatshirt from urban outfitters that's super cute but it was a crewneck which i didn't love. i cut it and it looks perfect now!

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