Last week I opened an email from Baby Gap and saw a cute grey pullover with eyelet trim for toddler girls. I immediately had a “That would be so easy to make!” reaction. With spring almost here, it’s the perfect time to alter a sweatshirt that your daughter will outgrow before the next winter. Annabel has a simple grey sweatshirt that she wore maybe twice thanks to LA’s non-existent winter (don’t hate us), so I was excited to extend its life.
You only need a few items to make this incredibly easy pullover, and the little girl in your life will be so cute – or maybe you’ll want to make this for yourself! Unleash your inner lacey-girl.
Sweatshirt (any color)
Eyelet trim (anywhere from 24-40 inches, depending on the size of your top)
Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
I wanted to remove all of the ribbed hems that one associates with a sweatshirt. I thought 3/4 length sleeves would be cute on Annabel, so I cut off the sleeve hems plus some additional fabric (five inches total). I suggest measuring the sweatshirt while the person is wearing it so you know exactly how much you want to cut off.
I cut off the bottom ribbed hem of the sweatshirt, plus a bit more for a total of three removed inches. I also highly suggest measuring this while the owner of the sweatshirt is wearing it.
If you are a normal person, you’ll throw away those scraps of material. If you are like me, you will put them away because who knows when you might want to make something with sweatshirt material. Some may call us hoarders, but I say we are not wasteful.
Turn the sweatshirt inside-out, then fold up the sleeves about 1/2 of an inch, pin in place, and sew. I actually sewed twice around the hems to make sure the sleeves were extra-durable (a four-year-old is going to be wearing this, after all).
Fold up the bottom of the sweatshirt about 1/2 of an inch, pin in place, then sew. The fabric is going to want to roll so you will use looooots of pins to hold it in place.
This is what my hems looked like when I was done. I only sewed around the bottom hem once since attaching the eyelet trim requires sewing around the bottom at least one more time.
Pin your trim along the bottom of the sweatshirt (make sure your sweatshirt is still inside-out). Sew the trim along the new hem of the sweatshirt. I started my trim about half an inch off a side hem so that my rough edges would be on the back of the sweatshirt.
Once you’ve sewn the eyelet trim completely around the bottom of the sweatshirt, overlap where you began by about half an inch, then trim the excess.
Sew the trim together where it overlaps. Spend a stupid amount of time trying to get the pattern to line up exactly.
Here’s the Marled Eyelet Top from Baby Gap (currently out of stock):
And here’s the Eyelet-Trimmed Top from this tutorial:
Not too shabby, in my opinion!
Annie likes it, too. She said, “Oh Mommy, you made my sweatshirt beautifuller!”
She thinks it’s the perfect top to wear while playing her harmonica.
Making the sleeves shorter and removing the ribbing at the bottom made the sweatshirt much breezier, which will keep Annie warm on cooler LA nights, but not overheated.
Any questions, let me know! Have fun!