Best Sweatshirt Makeovers by Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman | Sewing With NancyWe are kicking off this Sewing With Nancy season with 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, we decided to feature the 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 Nancy 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.

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The comment is: When I was around 12 years old back in the 80s, I remember seeing Nancy’s show for the first time. I was fascinated by how easy she made everything look and by her confidence at the machine. I grew up watching my grandmother, grandfather, and my mother sew, and then I started learning. Nancy and her guests were a big part of my education, and the piecing and quilting fascinated me. I likened the process to artists creating paintings, but they were creating art with fabric. 35 years later, I still refer to Nancy’s episodes when I need a refresher. I’m just learning to quilt with my embroidery machine, and this looks like a great resource.

Happy Sewing,

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