Holley Simmons is the lifestyle and dining editor of The Washington Post Express. When she’s not reporting on local fashion, beauty and restaurants, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or planting a windowsill herb garden. A New Jersey native, she likes porkroll egg and cheese and says the word “drawer” funny. Get in touch at Holleysimmons.com.
I think talking about the weather is the lowest form of conversation. But I’m willing to lift the embargo long enough to say that these recent temps have really got me down. I’m so excited for spring that I’ve decided to mutilate my sweatshirts and get them ready in preparation for the warmer weather.
- Get yourself some cheap sweatshirts. The cheaper the better… so you won’t feel too guilty going all Edward Scissorhands on ’em! (True Story: We got ours from Old Navy)
- A bundle of Plastic Flowers in a nice, coordinating color
- Fabric Glue
- Rhinestones, Gems, Plastic Decals or any other sort of accent pieces
- Large Plate
- Belly Shirt
- Needle & Thread
- Glue Gun
Look No. 1 (Gray Sweatshirt with Flowers)
1. Arrange your sweatshirts in a way that tells a story. In mine, the purple girl on the left is upset that the striped boy on the right (whom she has a crush on) is dating the grey girl.
2. Realize you have way too much time on your hands.
3. Take the grey sweatshirt and using chalk, trace a small semi-circle on the left sleeve.
4. Cut it out.
5. Pluck a variety of faux flowers of different sizes in the same color off their stems.
6. Hot glue the buds along the edge of the hole in a random pattern.
7. Fill in gaps and trim stems as necessary.
8. Put an accent flower at chest-level.
Look No. 2 (Orange Striped with Plastic Decal Accent)
1. Lay a dinner plate over the neck of a striped sweatshirt and outline it with chalk.
2. Cut it out.
3. On the sleeves, measure eight inches from the shoulders and cut them off.
4. Roll the raw sleeve edge twice and stitch it in place with a needle and thread.
5. Arrange plastic decals along the neckline in a semi-random pattern.
6. Glue your preset pattern down one by one, checking to make sure decals are evenly spaced and placed.
7. Let it dry thoroughly before wearing.
Look No. 3 (Purple Cropped Top Tie-Up)
1. Place your favorite belly shirt on top of a solid sweatshirt. I chose purple.
2. Cut off the waistband or any hemline first.
3. Using the hem of your belly shirt as a guide, trace a descending line from the left and right sides of the sweatshirt, leaving four inches between the meeting point.
4. Cut a loop between the four inches at the bottom.
5. Tie it with a square knot and pair with your favorite high-waisted pants.
6. Give your thermometer the finger!
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