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Monday, December 12, 2011

DIY Christmas Sweater

My friend Raquel holds a yearly Christmas treat exchange and always requests that attendees sport some specific Christmas attire. Last year was aprons (mine was awesome but I got sick the day of and ended up staying home) and this year was Christmas sweaters.

I am not really a Christmas sweater person. Even to be funny. I'm lame that way.

But last week I happened to stumble across this Phillip Lim sweater and thought, "You know...I'd maybe wear that."

I mean, I'd maybe wear it if I ran across it at Goodwill for $3. But I would not pay anywhere near the $385 Net-a-Porter has it listed for. Mostly because I would never pay that much for anything besides like..kitchen appliances (I'm getting a Vita-Mix for Christmas! Woot!).

Anyway, I knew I could DIY it. I still had some leftover gray jersey from the tunic from this post and I've always got freezer paper and fabric paint on hand. I found a simple reindeer graphic and did a not-as-quick-as-I-would-have-liked freezer paper stencil (for future reference: large stencils should be done in pieces if you value your sanity).




I really love the end result. I've worn it a few times already and I'm kind of thinking maybe I need a few more...


Deer bum wraparound action
The party was a blast! I ate lots of yummy homemade candies and had some good laughs.


My friend Staci won the sweater contest with her own homemade creation. She pinned a stocking to her sweatshirt! It was both hilarious AND functional. Like a festive kangaroo. She fit all kinds of stuff in there. I sense a future fashion trend...

35 comments:

  1. I love that, and I would also love if you told me how to make that shirt, sans the reindeer.

    Thank you.

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  2. Sounds like SO much fun and yours ... so creative. We like yours much better than the original!

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  3. I totally want to make one of these now!

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  4. Very nice. Casually festive and modern, not an easy combination to achieve with clothing!

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  5. Pretty sure I need to get into freezer paper stenciling...that is gorgeous. Better than the Phillip Lim one, in my opinion.

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  6. Very cute, Kayla!! Not cheesy, either!

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  7. I love your sweater! The color and the design.

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  8. I like yours better than the original. Feel free to send one my way for Christmas. :)

    North Meets South

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  9. I LOVE your version - it is so cute, and even better than the ridiculously expensive inspiration sweater. You are seriously crafty & talented!

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  10. That sweater is actually really cute! I think maybe it's the gray and white contrast that I'm a sucker for. Either way I'm impressed by your creativity! I love it!

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  11. super pretty+you are ridiculously skinny. hope that doesn't sound mean. it should come off as: I'm jealous. ;)

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  12. You are so creative! I am jealous of all of your skills :)

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  13. What a great idea!!!
    New follower : )

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  14. I love it!!!! nice job! I'm a new follower. : )

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  15. The reindeer shirt is so cute. I want one!

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  16. That is soo cute! Great job on your DIY...

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  17. Oh, your sweater is totally wearable!! I wish I were crafty like that. I'm scared to even try doing what you did. lol

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  18. Ooo me gusta! Did the paint not dry stiff?

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  19. nice! that turned out pretty awesome.

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  20. We needed to make a point during the night that you MADE YOUR SWEATER!!! You should've won, if everyone knew you made it...it wouldn't have evem been a contest! I love it and I have got to try the freezer paper stencil sometime

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  21. That is so cute! And looks easy too!

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  22. Completely amazing! I need to get some of that freezer paper, stat!

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  23. Where did you find your deer stencil? I tried to make one but I'm no good at freehand! Kind of just looked like a strange dog when I was finished butchering the freezer paper.

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  24. @birminghambell it was a while ago but I'm pretty sure I googled "reindeer clip art" or something and just found one I liked then printed it out really big. I definitely did NOT freehand it! I'm not that talented.

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  25. Where did you get the sweater from?

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  26. Hey Kayla, I'm assuming you didn't have a pattern for you sweater, but could you give us some tips slash measurements on how to make the sweater itself? I loved the wider sleeves and the loose neck!

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    1. It's been a while but I'm fairly certain I just traced another top that I liked the fit of. That's my go-to method when it comes to patterns! I'm sorry I can't give you more direction than that!

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  27. Any tips on how you made sure your stencil didn't move during the process? That would be my biggest concern.

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    1. That's the point of using freezer paper. It's stuck to your fabric so it doesn't move. I do a sheet of freezer paper on the back too so it's all immobile and the paint doesn't leak through.

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  28. Oh wow, this is adorable! I still don't have a christmas jumpers. But after seeing this wonderful creative, i would love and make fan of your. How freezer paper and fabric paint and graphic used really awesome.

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  29. What kind of fabric paint do you use?

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  30. Hi Kayla!
    Your refashion looks gorgeous, so I've featured it into a Sweater Refashion Roundup (also if technically it's not a sweater... but it could be!!).
    I'm now following you everywhere (virtually - I'm not a stalker!)
    Hugs from Italy,
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

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