A little end of winter DIY for you today. I always feel so fed up of my winter clothes by this time of year – breezy summer blouses are too chilly and heavy winter jumpers too dull. This tutorial brings a dash of spring sunshine but will keep you nice and toasty whilst waiting for actual spring to arrive.
One of my biggest treats are cashmere jumpers, I save up birthday money and buy a new one every year when Boden has 20% off. However, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided pale pink and small children was a good idea – it didn’t last long. Too good to throw away but too stained to wear I decided to refresh it by using up some dye I had in my stash. Whilst I was happy with the outcome it still needed something extra. When I ‘discovered’ Swarovski crystals came in delicious jewelled shades I knew I had the missing material for my project and got stitching. Of course I’m not saying you need to purchase a cashmere jumper for this tutorial, that would be a bit excessive but if you have a jumper that needs a refresh or want to embellish a plain jumper then this could be the tutorial for you! Materials and steps below…
Needle and thread.
If you’re dying your jumper, follow the instructions on the dye packet to create your colour. I wanted mine coral so mixed two shades. I could have stirred mine a bit longer as its a bit patchy in places but I’m ok with that. Make sure its dry completely before you start to embellish.
Fix all your stones into their settings and then scatter your jewels over the jumper to get an idea of placement. I always mark where the centre of my boobs are to avoid awkward crystal position ;-)!. The back of the coral stones were a lovely matt colour so I fixed a few in their settings the ‘wrong’ way round.
Sew the lilac and coral stones in place first and and add a few crystal shapes to complete.
The crystals used in this post were kindly provided by Swarovski at a blogger event but I was under no obligation to use and share. Tutorial, photos and styling all my own.