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DIY Bow Sweater

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As someone who tries to stay fashionable on a budget, I am always looking for ways to reinvent my current wardrobe. Sometimes all you need to do is shorten a hem or remove a ruffle to update a piece. There are so many things that you can tinker with to make your clothes look a little more modern, a little more classy, or just a little more you. When I found this picture of this adorable bow sweater, I fell in love. A bow is such an easy thing to add to a sweater that you already own to make it just a bit more special. Here’s how:

You will need

  • 1 Sweater

  • Scissors

  • A Ruler

  • Ribbon

  • Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine and Thread

  • Very Basic Sewing Skills

Pick a pretty simple sweater for this project. Unless you are very handy with a sewing machine, don’t use a knit sweater, because you will need to sew a seam around the neckline to make sure it doesn’t fray. Use a cotton blend sweater for an easier DIY.

If you’re starting off with an off the shoulder sweater, then you can ignore this first step. If not, measure a few inches from the neck hole of your sweater and cut it so that the neck hole is resting just above the end of your shoulders. Make sure you try the sweater on to check that the neckline is in the desired spot before you proceed to the next step.

Choose the shoulder that you want to add the bow to. Lay the sweater out flat with the desired sleeved side face up. Make a mark in the center of the sleeve to however far down you would like your V. I made mine about 15 cm. Make a mark using a pencil or some other marker that is going to wash out. From the center mark, draw a V up to the edge of the neck hole. Measure out from the center at the neck line to how wide you want the V so that it is even on both sides. Cut the V out.

Next, measure the desired amount of ribbon you want to use. I used about 70 cm on each side. Fold over the edge of the ribbon and pin it so that when you sew it on the ribbon doesn’t fray. Pin the end of the ribbon to the top and side edge of the V. Repeat this in the same spot on the other side of the V. Sew the end of the ribbon so that it is flush against the edge of the V and the top of the neck hole in a straight line on the inside of the sweater.

Tie the ribbon in a bow and you’re all done! This is one of the easiest wardrobe updates I have ever done. You can always try this out on both shoulders if you prefer a more symmetrical look.


 
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