As gals who believe basics are better when they’re bedazzled and that fashion should be fun first, Gwyneth and I have had our eyes on Markus Lupfer’s embellished knits for a while. When we saw this Sequin Sunglasses Embellished Sweater from Net-a-Porter, we knew we couldn’t live without it. But at $385.00, it didn’t seem like the wisest living expense to squeeze in the budget.
Since we couldn’t buy, we chose to DIY. And we’re sharing the tutorial today, so you can too.
1. Garnet Drop Earrings from Jewel Africa (similar, costume style at BaubleBar)
2. Essential Lipstick in Sociable c/o e.l.f. Cosmetics
3. DIY Sequin Sunglasses Sweater Tutorial below (or Markus Lupfer Sweater from Net-a-Porter)
4. Rhinestone Bracelet from Forever 21 (old, but similar style at Piperlime)
5. Michael Kors Watch from Charlotte’s
6. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in It’s Raining Men from Beauty.com
7. Emerald Mini Skirt (old, but similar style on sale at J. Crew)
Now that all the big spenders have left us for Net-a-Porter, let’s get on with the project!
- A basic sweater, ready for some zhushing
- An image of your favorite sunglasses silhouette (Google “Cateye Sunglasses Silhouette,” “Wayfarer Sunglasses Silhouette” etc)
- A 9″ x 6″ piece of sewing interfacing (available at any fabric/sewing store)
- A Sharpie
- A 9″ x 6″ piece of colored felt (for the frame of your sunglasses)
- 2 pair of scissors – one pair for cutting fabric and one pair for cutting paper
- A 9″ x 6″ piece of black felt (for the lenses of your sunglasses)
- A 9″ x 6″ piece of sequin fabric
- 2′ chain (we used this chain from M&J Trimming)
- A needle & thread
- (Optional) A sewing machine
First, find the sunglasses silhouette you like best. You’ll want to make sure it’s sized appropriately for your sweater. Ours was a little small, so we used PicMonkey to make it 8″ wide. Once you have yours sized, print and cut it out. Trace your silhouette onto your interfacing, and cut out your pattern.
Then use your Sharpie to draw the lens onto one of the eyes of your pattern.
Fold your interfacing in half and trace the outline of the lens onto the other eye – this step makes sure the two sides match.
Cut the lens area out of the interfacing, pin your pattern to your colored piece of felt and cut out your felt frames.
Layer your frames on top of your sequin fabric and your sequin fabric on top of your black felt. Pin the three layers together.
Cut away the excess sequin fabric & black felt. Don’t worry about making it perfect yet – it’s better to have a little extra around the edge than not enough.
Sew the three layers together, going around the entire shape and then each of the lenses. (A big thanks to my Mom for teaching me how to do this!) Carefully trim any black felt or sequins that are showing outside your frames.
Next, hand sew the ends of your chain to the back of your sunglasses. (Double check to make sure your chain is the right length for your desired sunglasses placement on the front before you do this step!)
Then hand sew a few links to the back neck of your sweater. We tacked our chain on at both shoulder seams and two points between them.
Lastly, pin and sew your sunglasses to the front of your sweater!
Please note the attention to detail from my supervisor as I finished up the hand sewing!
And that’s a wrap! Including two
emergency walks fake outs to play outside, this project took us five hours from start to finish. Not quick and a little tedious, but our savings made this DIY worth it! We had everything except for the felt and the sequin fabric on hand, so we only spent $3.49! How’s that for a savings of $381.51?!?
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