Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

Upcycle a basic sweatshirt with a metallic waistband, cuffs & fab cut-out back.

Forget your little black dress – take a look at this little black sweatshirt. It’s just perfect for holiday shopping and casual outings – it’s really stunning, yet easy to achieve. See how to get the look using Dritz metallic elastics for the waistband, cuffs and cut-out back. You can do it with trendy materials and simple sewing techniques.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details


Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

When it’s good to walk away: the real stunner is the back of this sweatshirt, don’t you agree? We just love all the details this DIY sweatshirt refashion has to offer – from the waistband, to the cuffs, to that fabulous back. 

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

It’s an easy-to-achieve look using a couple of different styles of Dritz metallic woven elastic. To achieve the back detail, you’ll use a 1″ woven metallic elastic and for the waist and cuffs, you’ll use the 1-3/4″ metallic waistband elastic.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

In addition to the elastics, other key ingredients are your basic black sweatshirt, a good pair of fabric scissors, some straight pins, and an Omnigrid® ruler.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

First, you’ll measure and mark cut-out on back of your sweatshirt. Cut along center line as shown.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

Next, you’ll pin the 1″ elastic in place. 

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

Now top stitch the elastic in place on each side of the cut-out.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

Trim down the seam allowance on the back once you’re done.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

Next you’ll replace the existing cuff with a strip of 1-3/4″ metallic waistband elastic.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

Jump over to Trash To Couture to see the specifics about how to install the waistband.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

You’ll use a similar sewing process for installing the 1-3/4″ metallic elastic on the cuffs of the sweatshirt.

Refashioning: Transform a Basic Sweatshirt with Metallic Elastic Details

And … you’re ready! This is such a fun project for December! You can wear this beauty for all of your holiday shopping outings, and to casual celebrations.

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