This was my "before" sweatshirt.
I bought it about at the end of last winter from a large UK supermarket chain, I actually think it was being sold as Pyjamas. It was in the sale, it is warm, soft and fluffy, it's ok.... It's just a little bit un-colourful for my taste. Each time I wore it I felt like it was someone else's top.
The stars are actually sparkly close up which makes it a little bit nicer than my photo shows.
I thought about covering some of the stars with colourful fabric to start with but in the end I tried something a bit more subtle.
I fired up the sewing machine and just stitched round a random selection of the stars in different coloured basic sewing thread.
That bottom photo is just so you can see what it's like on the inside.
I went round each star twice and the whole thing took maybe an hour and a half with tea breaks. In all I stitched round 20 of the stars in 5 different colours.
This has been extremely difficult to photograph in a way that shows you the difference, which I admit is subtle. I wear it with bright jeans and a scarf usually. Here I'm wearing it with the infinity scarf that I shared a while back on The Pinning Mama. It's made from an old T-shirt and covered in little bright tassels.
You can find the tutorial with full instructions on the Pinning Mama here.
This sweatshirt makeover was what I was doing MONTHS ago when I instagramed this picture.
I also shared it as a Silent Sunday photo way back in May 2015!
I don't know if this little tweak can really be called a "refashion" but I'm not sure what else to call it. It was a simple, cheap way to add just a touch of colour to a grey top. Best if all it can still just bung in the washing machine, no need to worry about colours running as the thread is completely colour fast.
The difference in colour in these photos is because they were taken about 3 months apart and probably at completely different times of the day - I promise they are the same sweatshirt!
It's not a massive difference but now when I look down I see colour so the top feels like mine! Maybe you have a top that needs a tiny pop of colour adding and a row or two of machine stitching in a bright colour would work for you?
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