Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DIY: Off-the-Shoulder Sweatshirt

It's been forever again, I'm so sorry! School/Crew started last week and I'm just trying to focus and get into the swing of things. Taking some time to get organized NOW will hopefully prevent mental breakdowns LATER.

keep your fingers crossed

As a way to keep my creative juices flowing while living in the small town of Pullman, Washington (look it up, I promise it won't be exciting) and wearing shorts, t-shirts and running shoes every day at practice, I've decided to take the 'Best of Pullman' and find a way to make it stylish. Some of you may know where this is going...those of you that don't, beware. The 'Best of Pullman' is our Super Walmart. Yes, Walmart. It opened last year and was the most exciting thing WSU students had seen since we won the Apple Cup back in 2008. 

I know what you're thinking: Brittany, how COULD you? You're supposed to be delivering us quality fashion advice in a positive, individualistic way! My rebuttal? I'M TRYING. Try living in Pullman, our poor excuse for a mall is 8 miles away in Idaho (of all places), and it has maybe 2 good stores, and a Macy's (ew) The closest Nordstrom is over 90 miles away. In this dire circumstance, I'm resorting to desperate measures. This DIY is a great bargain and is also highly versatile. 

First, acquire a Hanes crewneck sweatshirt from Walmart, they are $5 or less and come in a bunch of different colors. I used a size Large, and would normally wear a Small. Measure 1 inch from the neck stitching on either side and cut. When you get to the bottom of the curve, hug the seam, you don't want to cut too deep.

Next, cut small slits in the waist band. Make sure you are only cutting the slits on one side of the band, these will serve as belts loops. Space the slits as you so desire, I did 2 slits about 2 inches apart then left a 3 inch space. Cut these around the whole band. 

Last, slip a satiny ribbon through the slits, scrunch the band a little bit, and tie into a bow! 

Wear it with leggings, wear it with jeans, wear it with shorts on a warm, breezy day!! 

There you have it, a cute sweatshirt restyled from a Walmart sweatshirt! 


  1. Great idea! Comfortable, affordable, AND FASHIONABLE!!! You're a genius :)

  2. Thanks!! More DIYs to come! Including the drab t-shirt to dazzling tank and mock crochet vest!! All items found at Walmart for less than $7

  3. When you say jeans, do they have to be skinny jeans? And I'm guessing knee length shorts are out too? I'm thinking of making a black one with a white ribbon!

  4. lol if bootcut/straight leg jeans and knee length shorts work for you, then do it!! And black and white would be soooooo classy!!

  5. love this! definitely gonna try it :D
    just one question, what's the material of the sweatshirt? is it 100% cotton? I'm not from the States and there's no walmart here lol

    1. I'm sorry I never saw this comment! yes it is 100% cotton! =) Thank you for reading!!