A New Season on Sewing With Nancy Begins with Makeovers

Best Sweatshirt Makeovers by Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

A New Season on Sewing With Nancy Begins with Makeovers

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Best Sweatshirt Makeovers by Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With NancyKicking off the new Sewing With Nancy season is, The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers. For many of us, sweatshirts are a wardrobe basic. Decorated sweatshirts have played a starring role during many seasons. Looking back at all the styles created, I decided to feature a 2-part series with guest Mary Mulari, a self-proclaimed goddess of embellished sweatshirts. You’ll find sweatshirt favorites recorded over several years of programming. This series features some of our favorite makeovers.

Transform A Pullover to a Cardigan

The most frequently requested upcycled sweatshirt style is to change a pullover to a cardigan. Learn the quick and easy transformation techniques along with appliqué tips and techniques.

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt Makeovers

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt MakeoversAcross the Front Appliqués

Appliqués can be subtle or dramatic. Mary’s striking decorated sweatshirt is the perfect choice to wear while strolling through the farmer’s market! The impressive appliqué cascades across the front of the cardigan with artful flair, yet it requires a minimum of creative time. Watch The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers Part One for Mary’s tips on adding appliqués across the front.

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt Makeovers

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt Makeovers

Clever Closures

Mary and I break the rules in this episode! See how to change up the button placement with irregularly spaced buttons for a clever closure. In The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers book, you’ll find directions for Mary’s famous elastic button closure, pictured above.

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt MakeoversSweatshirt Makeovers for Kids

Now it’s time to feature a few all-time favorite sweatshirt makeovers for kids. Pulling a sweatshirt on or off a little guy can be a challenge. This Construction Zone Sweatshirt with Mary’s signature easy-to-apply zipper not only makes this an easy sweatshirt to wear, but also gives a point of interest to the pullover. Add an appliqué to ensure that this will be your little guy’s “go-to” shirt on a cool day.

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt MakeoversDon’t stop there. You can place a zipper at the raglan sleeve for even more visual interest and style.

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt Makeovers.

Ruffles and Frills for Little Girls

When choosing our favorite sweatshirt makeovers for this series, the goals were simple: Make certain the sweatshirts have a focal point and that the sewing is easy. The Ruffles and Frills Sweatshirt options certainly fits the criteria! The ruffled detail of satin stitching on the ribbing is a special effect that is enjoyable to sew while adding subtle frills.

Sewing With Nancy, the Best of Sweatshirt MakeoversA Collection of Five Books in One—The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers book

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.

Watch The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers on Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner
The random winner of a How To Sew Art DVD, from Nancy’s Notions, is Cindy K. She said: I would love to win this DVD to make a quilt from a photo of my grandkids. I saw the show with Tammie and really enjoyed it.
How to Sew Art DVD by Nancy Zieman and Tammie Bowser

The random winner of a copy of the Crisscross Apron Pattern from Mary Mulari, is Marie Cebulla. Her comment was: My daughter, her daughters & I make an abundance of apple pies every September. Using this pattern, I would love to make everyone an apple motif apron to wear during the apple pie production. The pocket would be an apple.

Mary Mulari Crisscross Apron

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13 Comments

  • Carrie S
    August 11, 2016

    I love those and have been wanting to make one,, still not ready in case I ruin it, lol

  • Starla
    August 11, 2016

    I have some sweatshirts just waiting to be refashioned!

  • Natalya
    August 11, 2016

    Thank you Nancy for your enthusiasm for sewing and for bringing interesting guests to your program. Yours and theirs ideas keep inspiring me every time! Recently, our dress code prohibited to wear sweatshirts to work. However, I doubt that anyone will object me if I wear such a lovely piece of sewing and applique art!

  • Fran Johnson
    August 11, 2016

    Dear Nancy,
    So glad you are back. Mary Mulari is one of my favorite guests on your show. The sweatshirts look like so much fun to make and wear. While it is 100+ here today, it will soon be cool enough to wear a cute jacket. I have added this book to my wish list just in case I am not the lucky winner.
    Thanks for everything.

  • Kelly Sas
    August 11, 2016

    I have been blessed to meet and attend a number of Mary Mulari’s lectures, demo’s or classes. Mary is not only a talented creative designer and sewer, she is a wonderfully nice woman. Thank you for another great program with Mary!

  • nancy
    August 11, 2016

    I luv “fancy” sweatshirts! Mary’s ideas are easy to sew ! thanks

  • Patricia King
    August 11, 2016

    So many cute ideas. They would be great Christmas presents!

  • Gail Beam
    August 11, 2016

    One of my favorite items to embroider one is sweatshirts! I would love to win this book with all of the neat ideas you present for changing sweatshirts with zippers, buttons and embroidery..

  • Karen
    August 12, 2016

    I really need to take the time to do some of these for me.

  • Dara
    August 12, 2016

    Nancy, congratulation on your new season! In your sewing segments, would it be possible to see you measure a real person and make the necessary adjustments on a sewing pattern? Especially on the bodice and pants patterns? I hope you will consider this! Thank you for all you do!!

  • Jennifer Fried
    August 22, 2016

    Gotta love Team Zieman and Mulari !! Congrats on the new season !

  • Kathleen bowen
    March 12, 2017

    Nancy you’re been part of my sewing career many many yrs. at 81 it seems it’s still a learning process recently relocated from one part of md to another and had difficulty locatied where you were aired it took a few calls to md ptv and gave the channel thanks to mpt I owe them a donation. God bless you

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