Become a Sweatshirt Makeover Expert

Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman Mary Mulari, Sewing With Nancy

Become a Sweatshirt Makeover Expert

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Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman Mary Mulari, Sewing With NancyRestyling, revising, and repurposing are trending terms. When you tag on the word sweatshirts, you might think of my friend and Sewing With Nancy guest Mary Mulari. Since the early years of my program being on TV, Mary Mulari has been our resident sweatshirt makeover expert, whose ideas are timeless. During the current repurposed Sewing With Nancy series, Mary and I decided to revisit some of our favorite transformations.

Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman Mary Mulari

Stripes in Motion

A sweatshirt is an ideal palette for expression. Start with a collection of 2-1/2” fabric strips. With creative stitching, turning, and pleating we’ll show you how to convert a pullover into a cardigan that has visual motion. We call this sweatshirt makeover, Stripes in Motion, a segment we recorded in 2010 that still stands the test of time.
The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman & Mary Mulari

Serge and Twist Sweatshirt

Not all sweatshirts, when restyled, end up as shirts! Take a bolder stance and remove the sleeves of a sweatshirt to create an upcycled vest. The Serge and Twist Makeover features 1” strips cut from the sleeve fabric with serging along the edges.  The idea of serging and then twisting the strips before topstitching to the vest front make for subtle, yet crafty embellishment.
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Pink Blossom Cardigan

Adapt one of Mary’s innovative techniques to repurpose a pullover into a cardigan. Then add a colorful blossom and a graceful vine with leaves to the sweatshirt front. It’s a simple addition with great impact and one of our favorite sweatshirt makeovers.
Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman, Mary Mulari

Orient Expression Sweatshirt

Now it’s time for an asymmetrical styling of a sweatshirt. We call it the Orient Expression Sweatshirt. Start with a typical sweatshirt and remove the original neckline and hemline. Throwing tradition out the window, use the bottom ribbing to transform the shape of the neckline ribbing. Curious as to how it all comes together? The solution is—watch online.
Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman, Mary Mulari

Denim Do-Over Sweatshirt

Make a casual sweatshirt even better with the addition of another favorite fabric—denim. Bias strips cut from old jeans trim the neckline, sleeves, and the centers of floral appliqués. Sweatshirt and a beloved pair of worn jeans are all you need to create this Denim Do-Over Sweatshirt!
Best Sweatshirt Makeovers, Nancy Zieman, Mary Mulari
We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a journey through a few of the Sewing With Nancy archives, highlighting our favorite sweatshirt makeovers. As always, thank you Mary for adding your insights on how to upcycle, transform, and repurpose cozy sweats!

Watch Best Sweatshirt Makeovers (Part One and Part Twoon Sewing With Nancy online.

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A Collection of Five Books in One—The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers book

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Best Sweatshirt Makeovers by Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With NancyAdd plackets, zippers, simple appliqués, and so much more. This collection of five books in one boasts 56 sweatshirt transformations for adults and kids. As an added bonus, the book also features a Sweatshirt Gallery with over a dozen designs chock-full of even more fresh ideas! Full-color photos and illustrations accompany step-by-step instructions and full-size pattern pieces. Soft cover, 116 pages. Only $19.99.

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7 Comments

  • Cecilia
    August 18, 2016

    I have always wanted to try this with some of my sweatshirts. Looks fun and love to wear something unique. This book would be so helpful for me, thanks enjoying your shows

  • Linda
    August 18, 2016

    The sweatshirt cardigans would be perfect for me to wear at home. During the cold weather, I am always taking a sweater off when I do chores or when the room I am in gets too warm. I also do quite a bit of garment sewing for myself, and a cardigan would be very easy to take off when I try on and fit the project I am working on. Hmmm…which one shall I make first?

  • Lynda
    August 18, 2016

    I really love the denim do over sweatshirt. I am into upcycling
    using jeans and denim clothing into other wearable clothing. I am always amazes with the unique designs and new creations from Mary and Nancy. Please keep them coming!

  • Carol
    August 18, 2016

    I just saw this blog and immediately ordered the book. I LOVE making over sweatshirts, but haven’t done any for quite some time. It’s time to get back to it. Now, I’ll have some new things to wear when the weather starts to get colder.

  • Deb
    August 18, 2016

    My mother used to call Mary her friend. They never met mind you, but when mother ordered two of her books they visited. It would be such a lovely remembrance of my mother to have the book.

  • Gail Beam
    August 19, 2016

    I would love to have this book. It presents so many different versions of remaking sweatshirts and making them into a personal and creative piece of clothing.

  • Marlene Knight
    April 18, 2018

    Is there a way of altering a sweatshirt front to back. I have many with writing on the center front so how do I reverse front to back so its comfortable?

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