AW 18 Embroidered Jumper DIY

Embroidery AW18 Trend Inspiration

I have been looking at all the beautiful and colourful tops, jumpers and dresses out there and i wanted to try a new project. I wanted to create something gorgeous and easy that you can all give a try and make at home.

All you need is a little creativity (we all have it) and just about enough skill of holding a needle (and threading it). I had this jumper in my wardrobe and i haven't worn it much to be honest, i think it was mostly the way it fits me, as green is one of my favourite colours.

My trend inspiration below:

topshop aw18 embroidered jumpertop shop embroidered jumper detailmodern embroidered jumper aw18oscar de la renta aw18/19 embroidery

Anyhow i wanted to see what i can make of it, as i quite dislike having things in my wardrobe that i don't wear. I am always up for a creative challenge! So i picked some of my chunky yarn, i had lying in my basket (left overs from my weaving projects) and after looking at some images on Pinterest and my sketchbook i got started.

I have now made two different Embroidered Jumpers, for one of them you can see step by step video. The first one below was also done freehand, as i added flowers where i felt it looked best!

hand embroidered up-cycled jumper daisies

For this design i created  a portrait of a girl with flowers at the top. For this design i have used cotton yarn (crochet thickness) and used four colours. The base of the jumper is in dark forest green so the accent of embroidery in bright colours works really well.

hand embroidered diy up-cycled jumper



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Here i could not quite create a pattern as am not sure if there is a way to draw on a jumper - to be honest i can't imagine how. So i went freehand and started embroidering. I decided i wanted to work with some oversized lazy daisies, some leaves and french knots in between. As i was going quite big on the scale i embroidered only around the sleeves. Even though my inspiration came from a full on embroidered jumper, for what i was doing i think it worked quite well stitching only on the sleeves.

When we Up-Cycle we use our Creativity while helping not to burden our Planet with more rubbish. Did you know fashion is the 2nd Industry responsible for pollution? So go ahead and stitch, sew, embroider and re-cycle what you already have

As i found it much easier, to show you all how things are done on video than in pictures, i have put together a full video tutorial on how to embroider and up-cycle your own jumper. However this is a guideline and be free to use your imagination to play around with placement, colours and size.

The materials i used:

  • Tapestry Needle
  • Chunky Yarn in Pink and Green
  • Thin Yarn in blue and light Peach
  • Old Jumper

When you are done with your own design, do share with me on my instagram or email me your own version.

This is the end Result

Embroidered Jumper Up-cycled fashion tutorialEmbroidered Jumper Up-cycled Fashion Tutorial

 You can watch the Full video Tutorial of the Hand Embroidered & Up-cycled Jumper here:

2.40 - Lazy Daisy Stitch
8.38 - Leaf Outline Backstitch
10.28 - Fishbone Stitch for filling leaves
10.34 - French Knots



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