DIY || Beaded Sweatshirt and Shirt

October 31, 2013



Boo!! Happy Halloween!!  So, excited to bring you this DIY today that my awesome friend Gaby from the Vault Files and I worked on together.  Well, we collaborated on the idea and then worked on our pieces independently (I wish Toronto were closer!). I worked on a sweatshirt and she worked on a chambray shirt both inspired by 'now sold-out' J.Crew pieces (This is the one that had me drooling).  I adore my new sweatshirt and have been wearing it non-stop.  I won't lie, it took a while to sew on all the little beads.  But I have to say it was kind of therapeutic. Ready? 


Ok, so I started off with this sweatshirt from H&M and beads that Gaby found.  They are similar to ones you can get on Etsy here and here. I first layed out the beads on top of the sweatshirt to make sure they were evenly spaced and then I made markings with a pen to know their places.  That's it!!  The materials are inexpensive, the real investment is in the time.  It definitely takes a while. But remember it was therapeutic, so it's all good.

I styled it with an old J.Crew shirt with a ruffled collar and ruffled cuffs, which I love.  I felt like they dressed up the sweatshirt and made it more feminine.  The jeans are Mother and the ballerina's are Anniele (you can tell by how dirty they are that I adore them and they are basically part of my uniform).  If you don't want to go through the trouble of doing this DIY Old Navy has some really cute and inexpensive alternatives (this one and this one).  

Ok, now dying to see Gaby's shirt!!  Visit her here!  This was such a fun collaboration.  Maybe we will come up with another one for you!


[ First image was created by the talented Gaby and the rest of the photos were taken by my husband]


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26 comments

  1. so cute! you did an amazing job! I might have to do that!

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  2. So cute and that's some amazing patience you have my friend!

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  3. oh my gosh i love this! totally jcrew but much less expensive :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

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  4. This is such a great idea! I am absolutely doing this. I have been coveting the J.Crew sweatshirt for so long! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Amanda
    www.denimanddaydreamsblog.com

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  5. I couldn't love this more if I wanted to! Such a fabulous DIY.
    www.fashiontruffles.com

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  6. This came out perfect–you did SUCH a great job!

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  7. so so crazy amazing! and that white blouse underneath is so perfect!

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  8. Uh hello LOVE this!!! I'm so adding this to my to-do list.
    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  9. Love these you guys! So happy to see you both collaborating together!

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  10. This looks great! I may have to try this. I just got a cute, teal men's sweatshirt at ld NAvy for $8. Maybe I need to sex it up with some embelishments.

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  11. Ok are you super woman??? How do you have time for all of this? I love seeing you and Gaby partnering up! This is soooooo cute!!! xoxo

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  12. I love this Albertina! I have seen so many tops with this detail and didnt realize how easy it is to make on your own.

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  13. Lovely! You did a great job with those sparkly beads!
    And it's amazing to see how a small detail can change a sweatshirt!
    I'm sure it took time but it was worthy because it really suits you well :)

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  14. So cute, Albertina!! you are THE DIY QUEEN!!!

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  15. This is great! Love the pattern and the pairing with the collared shirt is perfection.

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  16. Que lindo Albertina .. Me gusto mucho me dan ganas de copiar tu idea

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  17. I'm totally doing this - I loved that J. Crew top, too! You guys are awesome, thanks for the inspiration, it looks fabulous!!

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  18. I'm totally doing this, I loved that J.Crew top, too! It looks fabulous, thanks for the inspiration!!

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  19. Ahh! This is so great! I've been in the mood for a good DIY lately, totally pinning this in my DIY folder... great idea!! Happy weekend!! XO

    Tiffany

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  20. The sweatshirt looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I love this and you styled it perfectly!

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  22. Wow. This is adorable!!! Such a great job and I LOVE it with the white ruffles! Very chic!

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  23. These are awesome + I love the collaboration!!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

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  24. Just back from travels and catching up with all my favorite blogs and what do I find, but this genius DIY from you... can I tell you how much I love what you did with this sweatshirt! I know what you mean about the sewing being therapeutic. Sometimes the projects you have to have the most patience for yields the most satisfying results. You've inspired me to try something similar--- good project for a cold evening by the fire!

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