Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DIY Miu Miu crystal embellished pullover

...take a fisherman's pullover and put a bling on it.

If you thought that fisherman's sweaters 
were only for the tough outdoor, 
paired with denim and Hunter boots, 
... think again.

left Pic: polyvore - right pic: courtesy of @alyssavingan on Instagram(1)
Last post was meant to introduce the large amount of heavy cabled, Irish inspired sweater that are "hot" {literally} this year.

But some designers put an extra spin on it, adding some "bling" and taking these off white, heavy duty pullovers to a brand new level.

get the high $$$ look with a DIY: 

Take an Irish sweater and add a choice of :
SEQUINS -->  Haute Hippie <--
SEW-ON JEWELS -->  Miu Miu <--
GLASS BEADS -->  J.Crew <--

left pic: mytheresa - collage by moi

Because of the silhouette of my knitted sweater, 
{and because it's the less-work-intensive of the three inspiration}
I decided to make my sweater with the sew-on jewels, just like the Miu Miu pullover.
Looking at the Miu Miu sweater, looks like it's a random pattern, so I just went by eye.
Total time: about two hours.

Love the totally different life that my sweater will endure now with all these shiny embellishments: 
this refashion it's just one of the simplest, since there's no cutting, measuring nor re-fitting involved.
... Just put a bling on it!

The not-so-much-of a tutorial:

I bought these sew-on jewels in 8 different shapes  
(while I was in Istanbul last week - so cheap it was surreal)
* Sew-on with a matching color thread.
* Some in a group of three, some in a group of two, and the biggest ones just as is.
* Toward the shoulders I sew on the crystals closer to each other.
* Going down toward the waist they are more far away.
That's it.

The reason why I choose to use sew-ons is simple: in the very possible situation that I might get tired of the embellishments, it will take me few minutes with a seam-ripper to get my plain fisherman's sweater back.
In case you want to Do-It-the-fast-way: you can buy the same jewels, not drilled, that are meant to be glued on. The whole process shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes!

xox, d.

(1) this sweater is not yet for sale on J.Crew - The picture on the lookbook doesn't give enough justice to this pretty pullover - Alyssa Vingan is associate web editor at Marie Claire and got this picture at last year fashion show in NYC.

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  1. mooolto molto fashion, il maglione poi è stra-bello ciao Paola

  2. Estupendo post, que ideas tan buenas nos das.

  3. So cool, this sweater is gorgeous, and jewels add more charm to it, it looks very unique!You breathed new life to this sweater!

  4. Love the finished product..agree about the sewing rather than glueing.


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