1.08.2014

Adding Contrasting Lace to a Raglan Sweater {Tutorial}

In the spirit of a brand new year, I'm checking some upcycling projects off of my list.  Also, sometimes people tend to think Madelyn's a boy.  It's not really her fault.  It's Superman's fault.  Because Madelyn looks just like him.  :)  It's uncanny.  I mean, he still looks like a man and she still looks like a girl, but she definitely resembles him.  So the poor kid gets called "little guy" or "sweet little boy" by strangers and I can't blame them.  Except when she's obviously wearing girl clothes.  I mean come on people.  Pink.  Neon pink!

It doesn't help her cause that she pulls out bows faster then I can put them in.  And Madelyn just has some outfits that make her look much more boyish.  Like this raglan sweater for example.  I love the blue color against Madelyn pretty blue eyes.  But it also happens to be one of those sweaters where she gets called "little buddy boy" more than I like.  :)

Some girlifying was necessary.

I used some stretch lace {leftover from this skirt} that I used to make this:

into this:

Much better.  Boys don't wear lace right?

Here's how it works.

Take some stretchy lace {mine was purchased at Joann and I only used a little bit of it} and lay a portion of it across your sweater.  Make sure that the "stretch" of the lace goes the same direction as the stretch of the sweater.

Cut out the outline of the front of the sweater adding about 1/4-1/2 an inch extra all the way around

Now fold over the excess fabric and pin directly on the seam line all the way around the front of the sweater.

Some closer shots {if that helps}


Then sew around where you've pinned, directly onto the seam.


Note:  This projects works best with a raglan sweater {example} which is a sweater where the sleeves don't meet at the shoulder seems, but rather they extend all the way to the neckline.  A normal sweater could work too, this one is just a little easier in my book.  :)

Madelyn was thrilled with the outcome.

Ok.

Maybe I was more thrilled and she was like, "Whatevs' Mom.  Let me rip these hearts down."

But really, this has got to be one of the most satisfying {read: easy} projects I've done in a long time.

So go find a sweater and give it a whirl!  And have a great day while you're at it!  :)

3 comments:

  1. That is super cute! I love seeing all your fun projects. Makes me want to get crafty again!

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  2. Definately a more girlish look. when G. was younger she was also often mistaken for a boy, she didn't have much hair, I believe that was the problem because, she really does have a girly face... I almost did something quite similar for my entry in the Lace series, but then I saw this and was happy I didn't. Not that I don't like it, it's just that I'm glad I didn't do something someone has already done just a few days before.

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