A couple of weeks ago, I decided to get crafty and make something. I was surprised to find that a) I enjoyed myself and b) my creation wasn't half bad! With the success of that lovely lace collar under my belt, I vowed to swap my debit card for DIY... well, from time to time at least.
As I'm prone to divaish tendencies, I knew my next project needed to be quick and easy to stop me chucking in the towel and hitting Topshop. So when I spotted this jumper in a charity shop, I had an idea...
I picked up this silk/wool mix jumper for £3.99. Beautiful pastel pattern, but that high neckline was a little old lady for my taste...
... which made it the perfect project piece! Inspiration hit me as I wandered round Topshop (quelle surprise) - I spotted a very similar printed pastel jumper (a bit like this but with a swirly pattern) with rows of studs along the shoulders. It was priced at £29.99 but I knew my £3.99 find was up to the job.
Such a simple project requires very few ingredients - a cute jumper that needs a little toughening up, some cone studs which I bought from this eBay seller for £4 and a pair of scissors.
My first step was to chop off the collar, but you might not need to do that. I didn't want to faff about with a needle and thread (the needle injury from my last project is still fresh in my mind) so I left the edge raw. If I wanted to be 'fashion' about it, I'd say the raw edge just adds to the general 'toughened up' look.
The first step in your granny jumper makeover is to affix your studs. This involves pushing the arms through the fabric then opening and flattening them underneath. I found actually putting the jumper on helped with the positioning of the studs - I could see where the jumper sat on my shoulders and then could arrange the studs accordingly.
When I had a cluster of studs assembled, I moved over to shoulder two and repeated the process. I used 15 studs on each side, arranged randomly across the front of the jumper. And... that's it! A one step DIY - does it get any more diva?
I really love the finished result - the studs give this vintage jumper a fresh, modern look and make it much more wearable. And the total cost was just £7.99 - far cheaper than Topshop's £30 offering!
What do you think - will you be giving this DIY a go, fellow divas?