This sweatshirt is a DIY I came up with after stumbling across some Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) runway fashion. I love all the embroidered and embellished pieces, exaggerated prints, the bold colors, the florals, the makeup—red berry lips and cat eyeliner, jewelry, and even the crowns! I usually gravitate towards minimalistic looks, but for some reason, I just really love their more avant garde take on fashion. I think the models look so royal, yet fun.
Inspired by the floral embroidery, I thought it would be fun to recreate something similar. To stay in line with my style (so I’d actually wear it) and my budget, I opted for a floral sweatshirt, and thought I’d attempt a similar makeup look.
When I got the idea for the sweatshirt, I didn’t realize what a huge trend floral sweatshirts would be. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one that I really liked, so I figured I’d just make it using this bold floral applique I found on Amazon.
Here are the steps:
- Lay the sweatshirt on a hard surface, and play around with the placement of the floral applique(s) until you like it. I had one long applique, so I had to cut it up into one large piece, and two smaller ones. (If needed, apply a bit of no-fray solution to some areas you cut, where you think the embroidery might come undone.) Once you get all the pieces arranged the way you want it, secure it down with some sewing pins.
- Unpinning the applique section by section, apply fabric glue onto the bottom side of it, and lay it down where you originally had it. Make sure to get the edges, because you don’t want those to unstick. Continue to do this for the whole piece.
- Lay some heavy books onto the applique, and let it dry (for at least 24 hours).
- To keep it even more secure, I went back and stitched down a few areas after it was dry.
I really like designs that run on the shoulders and onto the back. To do this, I just cut small areas of the applique where I could drape a little bit of it over the shoulders.
Makeup & hair:
For the blog, I recreated one of the D&G makeup looks, but on a much more minimal scale; hence, no crown! (Trust me…if I had a crown, I totally would have worn it.) Instead, I went with this leaf headband from Michaels, and my hair was inspired by this Gibson Tuck tutorial. The makeup is definitely something you could do anytime, since it’s a simple glam. (All makeup and outfit details are below.) I do wish the lip color had photographed correctly—it’s a much deeper red berry than this.
Since this sweatshirt is pretty bold, I’ve only worn it with jeans and boots, and/or a plain black skirt. (My Mom loved it so much, she even wore it for Christmas this year!) As much as I wish I could walk around with a leaf crown every time I wear it, I opt to leave it out.
I hope you liked this last post of 2017. I wanted it to be a bit festive, yet creative. I had hoped to post more often this year, but my schedule at work was extremely hectic, and before I knew it, it was today! For now, I hope everyone had a very Happy Holidays, and if you’re like me, you can’t wait to hit the champagne this weekend. Have a fabulous New Year’s Eve/Day, and remember any surface can be your dance floor!
Makeup: Foundation – Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation with SPF 15 in Honey 5; Concealer – Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium-Dark Warm; Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite and L’Oréal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark; Eyes – Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette – colors used Charmer, Flower Child, and Jet Setter; Eyeliner – Inglot Eyeliner Gel in Black; Mascara – Cover Girl Peacock Flare in Extreme Black; Cheeks – NARS Blush in Dolce Vita and Bronzer in Laguna; Highlighter – NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross; Lips – NYX Soft Matte Cream Lip in Copenhagen and NYX Lip Liner in Prune