Sweater Dress Makeover – From Drab to Fab in 30 minutes

I don’t tend to shop for new clothes very often, mostly because I get lots of wear from what’s already in my wardrobe, and partly because I often just can’t find clothes that I really love (in my price range). I usually opt for purchasing pre-loved whenever I can, sometimes I make my own (but not that often lately), and occasionally I’ll buy basics from a store when I know that I’m going to wear them forever-and-a-day.

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I’m not a cookie cutter fashion kind of girl, so even when I buy new clothes I like to accessories and mix and match with vintage or handmade fashion, just to keep things a little eclectic.

For ages I’ve wanted a grey marle fleece dress to lounge around in. I’ve been planning on sewing one up for a while with this free pattern from Peppermint magazine, but just haven’t found the time. Then I found one on sale at Sportsgirl which was super comfy, so I lashed out and bought it. (I actually think it’s the first new item of clothing I’ve purchased for myself this year – golly!)

But because I’m me, it needed extra jazzing it up with some extra sparkle, and I had the perfect addition – a sequined eye patch that I picked up at a vintage store earlier this year. I’ve been waiting for the perfect garment to sew it onto, and this grey sweater dress fits the bill perfectly.

It only took me around 30 minutes to makeover this dress from DRAB to FAB!

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I thought this sequined eye sew-on patch was vintage (it looks kind of deco inspired), but it turns out you can buy it and other similar eye patches on Etsy – here’s a few if you are interested (affiliate links).

How to applique a sequin patch onto a plain top or dress

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You will need:

  • Plain sweatshirt, t-shirt or sweater dress
  • Sequined sew-on patch – mesh backed its best – Iron-on ones can be a bit stiff and hard to sew on.
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine with matching thread (or if hand sewing, needle and thread)

How to:

How to sew on a sewing applique onto a sweater

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1. To position your patch you can either measure it’s placement with a measuring tape, or just put on your garment and decide where you want your patch to sit. Pin it carefully with one or two pins just to mark it’s place.

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2. Once you’ve taken off your garment, add extra pins to make sure it’s fixed securely and won’t move around when sewing.

How to sew on a sewing applique onto a sweater

3. Sew around the edges of patch carefully with your sewing machine or by hand, removing the pins as you go.

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Now it’s ready to wear! It’s really one of the easiest garment makeovers ever and it really elevates the look of this outfit. I wore it out the other day and so many people asked where I got it from. One girl thought it was by the designer Kenzo, which did a range of sweaters with big eyes on them. I think whoever made these sequined patches was heavily influenced by the Kenzo eye design.

I mainly wear it for lounging around in, but add some skinny jeans and a fun pair of shoes and I’m ready to party!

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The patch is pretty robust, I’ll just make sure to turn the dress inside out when washing.

I love my eye sweater dress, it’s going to get a lot of wear this spring. Now it’s time to glam up your old sweatshirts with a fun sew-on patch too. Go on, EYE dare you!

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1 Comment

  • Priscilla says:

    This is fantastic! And it looks great on you.:-) Of the three appliques you pictured, you have the best one because it’s a happy, sparkly eye, not an eye that look like it’s crying.

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