Friday, 26 April 2013

DIY Flower Embellished Shoulder Sweatshirt

It was a Friday night a few weeks ago and as usual Josh and I were tuning into The Graham Norton Show, when I spotted this amazing embellished sweater on Olga Kurylenko (actress from the latest Bond film) so I got straight on the internet in search of it's label.

Sadly, I've still not been able to track it down so do let me know if you know where it's from. I couldn't get the idea out of my head so I decided to make one for myself. It was basically a thin grey sweater with lots of flower appliques on the shoulders. How hard could it be!?

What You Need...

All you need for this DIY is a basic grey sweater. Mine is from H&M it was £9.99 and it's a great fabric, not too thick so still wearable in the summer too. 

You need flower appliques or embellishments. These black organza ones are fantastic, I bought them here on eBay in two sizes, 1inch and 2inch from the same seller. In total I had 30 flowers. 20 small ones and 10 large ones. I spent about £7 and I couldn't be happier with the quality of these and I will be certainly purchasing some again for future projects. 

You also need a needle and thread. We are going to be hand sewing each flower on to the jumper and you only need very basic sewing skills for this DIY. Sewing pins are helpful but not necessary. 

So begin by laying out your jumper/sweater on a flat surface (or on a tailors dummy if you have one) and attach each flower in to the shoulders with pins. I moved each flower around until I was happy with the design. I went down past the shoulders with a few flowers, and slightly on to the back of the sweater too. 
You can carefully try the jumper on (pins still in place) at this stage to see how it will look. 

Then it's a case of attaching each flower. I doubled up my black thread to make it super strong and stitched each flower around 4-5 times to the sweater before knotting the thread and trimming. Some of the larger flowers on the top of my shoulders needed a few extra stitches on each petal so they wouldn't stick up in a funny direction and this helped them to lie a little flatter. If you do this carefully your stitches won't be seen at all. 

I listened to an entire Regina Spektor album whilst putting this jumper together (I highly recommend her music for craft projects) and I'm really happy with the result. The flowers are soft and flexible so you can still wear a jacket or coat over the top of your sweater but be careful with bag straps. I had a go at washing the flowers and they wash and dry perfectly! I'd recommend hand washing only though, just in case a flower tries to make a run for it in your washing machine.

What do you think?! I have another plan already for these flowers so watch this space!


*see more of my DIY tutorials here.



  1. This looks gorgeous! So clever, I would never be able to do something this simple!

  2. Looks really cool and unique, I love it! xxx

    Maddy from

  3. Heyyy I really love this jumper. It looked really boring before you decorated it so good job I say!
    Much love, Sarah

  4. This is so cool! I really want to try this xo

  5. Love this!
    Really need to try this
    S xx

  6. This is gorgeous, I really reckon I'll try this one!

  7. Hey Gwen,
    beautiful! I love doing some decorations etc. by myself.
    Great pictures and I'll try this!

  8. This is a really good idea, I like it alot!

  9. What a great idea, and brilliant job you have done. I absolutely love your DIY posts, my fave of all the blogs I read! (:

    Jen xx

  10. I was watching Graham Norton and thought of doing the same thing! It's sooo easy! Looks great on you x

  11. This is an amazing idea, could never tell it was a DIY! x

  12. This is another idea to add to my list!

  13. This is amazing! I'm loving your DIY post you should be really proud of them x

  14. Great idea, love this! =]


  15. Looks really great chick, simply diy's are always the best!

  16. This is a really good idea :)
    Love Poppy x

  17. LOVE all your DIY's tbh but this one is so easily done but with amazing results. Well done! x

    Natalie x

  18. Such a nice idea :)

    Lisa xo

  19. this is so simple but so effective
    love it so much x


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