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Take ordinary sweatshirt you have in your closet and elevate the style by adding a mermaid sequin front! Stylish athleisure wear is so on-trend right now and who doesn’t like to look like a million bucks in a sweatshirt. Read on to see how a little mermaid sequin fabric can make your lounge wear into wow wear…

What you’ll need:
+ 1 sweatshirt
+ 1/2 – 5/8 yds of mermaid sequin fabric depending on the length of your sweatshirt (bring it to the fabric store!)
+ Stitch ripper
+ Extra sewing machine needles (when sewing with sequins you tend to break at least a couple of needles, haha)
+ Matching thread to your sweatshirt

Step 1

Using your stitch ripper and maybe some small scissors, take off the neck and hem band of your sweatshirt and stitch rip the side seams, shoulder seams, and from armhole edges from the sleeve. Basically just all the seams that are sewn to the front panel so you are able to extract it. Then use your front panel as the pattern piece and lay on your sequin fabric.

Step 2

Pin in place (in the seam allowance so no pin holes are visible in the sequins) or use pattern weights. Make sure the sequins are all laying the same way and flat.

Step 3

Using a sharp rotary cutter or scissors cut out the sequin fabric then pin around the edges so that the right side of your sweatshirt is facing the wrong side of the sequin fabric.

Step 4

Inside the seam allowance machine baste the sequin fabric to the front panel along all edges.

Step 5

Now the front panel fabrics act as one layer! When sewing this stitch make sure to sew SLOW and if you break a needle, no problem, just switch in a new one and continue sewing.

Step 6

Now it’s time to sew the glammed front panel back into your sweatshirt! First pin and sew the side seams, right sides together and stitch from underarm point to the hem.

Step 7

Then pin and sew the shoulder seams, right sides together. You might need to stitch rip a little more of the sleeve on the back armhole to sew this seam.

Step 8

Once the side seams and shoulder seams are sewn you can attach the sleeve back on. Pin the sleeve in place matching up the underarm points and top sleeve to the shoulder seam.

Step 9

Repeat for other sleeve!

Step 10

Pin and sew the neck band back around the neckline of your sweatshirt making sure it is evenly stretched in.

Step 11

Topstitch the neckline seam allowance inside the neckband.

Step 12

Repeat for the hem band and topstitch allowance to the band. Make sure the seam or seams on the hem band align with the side seam of the sweatshirt.

Step 13

Ta da! Fashion sweatshirt complete.

Step 14

I love this sweatshirt so much and took it away with me on the Italy trip and it kept me cozy warm and stylish for our outdoor site seeing.

Step 15

The cool thing about mermaid sequin fabric is that it can have several different looks! Here is my sweatshirt with all the sequins on the gold side.

Step 16

Then you can use your hand to shift the sequins the other direction to have the other color visible.

Step 17

Step 18

But my favorite way to wear this sweatshirt is a mix of both sides….

Step 19

Have fun with it and you can even draw patterns, designs, and letters in the sequins!

Step 20

Super cute!

Sweatshirt pattern

If you want to make this fashion sweatshirt from scratch use our Raglan Sequin Sweatshirt sewing pattern. You can get all types of different colors in mermaid sequin fabric to have fun with, so whatever your style is there is a sequin color combo for you!

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Ellen March’s fashion sweatshirts for her girls in pink and purple

I got the idea for this fashion sweatshirt at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo where Ellen March from Sew News spotted this awesome fabric at one of the booths and thought of sewing up pink and purple ones for her little twin girls seen above! When she told me this idea I said “I want to make one too”. So we were in the booth stitch ripping our sweatshirts.

Happy Sewing!



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    Feb 3, 2018, 04.33 PMby Barbara Alsko

    Love your sweatshirt Meg! Was wondering if you could help me with the Burda Raglan Sweatshirt pattern…. I’m confused about the grainline on the front and back sequin panels. It looks like I’m supposed to cut the piece with the grainline parallel to the selvage… but that would mean the stretch is not going around the body as it usually does. Is this right? Sorry if a silly question. Thank you!

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    Dec 3, 2017, 08.54 AMby orleansbutterfly

    Very sassy!
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    Nov 13, 2017, 06.08 PMby purplefan

    The top is perfect for the Square One Swarovski Christmas tree unveiling this Wednesday night, Meg! Ring in that bling.

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      Nov 15, 2017, 06.26 PMby MegH

      <3 Ring in that bling! Might also wear to the Santa Claus Parade this weekend :)

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    Nov 13, 2017, 05.36 AMby sewing fanatic

    stunning and festive! <3

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    Nov 13, 2017, 12.51 AMby Evmorales

    Love it!

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    Nov 11, 2017, 02.13 PMby mad14kt

    Nice & Fun … FIESTA :)

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    Nov 10, 2017, 01.44 PMby cmbwell

    The sweatshirt looks great! It’s a wonderful way to upcycle too.

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    Nov 10, 2017, 12.29 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    So Cool and Fabulous Meg! ♥

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