DIY Metallic Elastic Sweatshirt

Now that the colder temperatures finally hit the South, I've been inspired to start my winter projects.  Since the holidays are here I wanted to create a top that was both festive and comfy and Dritz Metallic Elastics are the perfect detail. You can use these for many things other than just waistbands on skirts. They can be used to add detail to many projects. Try this simple refashion yourself for a cute sweatshirt that can be worn as casual to dressy. 


DIY Instructions:

Starting on the back of the sweatshirt find the midpoint and draw a line with tailors chalk about 14" or so down. Use a grid ruler and create a diagonal line that goes to the collar (near shoulder seam) and repeat for the other side. 

Cut down the center line. 

Fold under the edges along the other lines and press. 

Use the 1" elastic and cut strips that measure across the opening and enough to have a seam allowance on each side.  Pin each side and continue down making sure the in-between is evenly spaced. 

Continue till you reach the end. 

Top stitch into place on each side. You will need to use your free arm for this portion.

Trim down the seam allowance on the back once done. 

For the Band Hem:

For the waistband and cuff band I'm using the 1 3/4" Metallic Elastic.
  • Remove the bottom hem of the sweatshirt. 
  • Use this to measure the elastic and cut. I did mine slight smaller (1")
  • Sew the elastic right sides together with a 1/4" seam allowance (slight zigzag stitch)
  • Press seam allowance flat and sew the seam allowance down on both sides. 
  • Mark the quarter measurements of the bottom edge of the sweatershirt and the elastic. 
  • Pin the quarter marks together. 
  • Top stitch the elastic with a slight zigzag stitch making sure to evenly disperse the elastic by slighting pulling. 

  • Repeat the same steps above for the band hem.
  • Sew the cuff on using your free arm. 

*In collaboration with Dritz. 
I received compensation from Dritz®, and some of the materials featured here or used in this project were provided free of charge by Dritz®. All opinions are my own.


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