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Tutorial Tuesday: Sweater Chain

October 19, 2010

Remember this?

It’s a sweater from Bona Drag that I posted the other day with promises of a DIY, and here it is. I already had the perfect sweater, one with a V in both the front and back. When I wear it people sometimes ask me if I have my sweater on backwards. If you don’t already have a V-back sweater, you can turn a regular V-neck sweater backwards to get the same look. Aside from finding an appropriate sweater, this project is ridiculously easy and can be summed up by the following: Sew ribbon loops onto sweater, add chain. But just in case you need a little more information, here it is.

V-back sweater (or V-neck sweater turned around)
A few inches of ribbon that matches the sweater
10-12 inches of fairly sturdy chain
2 Jump rings
2 Large lobster clasps
Sewing needle


1. Find a suitable sweater and lay it flat. Figure out where on the back of the sweater you want to add the chain.

2. Cut two pieces of ribbon, each about an inch long, and fold each one in half to make loops.

3. Place the loops on the back of the sweater on the wrong side of the V-neck and pin in place. Hand sew the ribbons to the sweater with just enough of the ribbon loops sticking out to clip the lobster clasps to.

4. Put on the sweater and measure the distance between the ribbon loops with a measuring tape. With a jump ring, add a lobster clasp to to one end of a piece of chain and another to the spot on the chain that is the length you just measured on your sweater (mine was 11″). Before you cut the chain, clip both ends to your ribbon loops to make sure it’s the right length, and adjust if necessary. It took me a couple of tries adjusting the length to get it right, and I still might shorten it a little.

5. After you have your chain the proper length, cut it with the wire-cutters and clip it to your sweater loops.

Have fun with it! I can think of many possibilities for this involving chains of different lengths, styles, and configurations.

Looking for more tutorials and DIY projects? Check out my What I Made page!

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 3, 2010 12:18 pm

    This is absolutely fabulous! Love what you did with it!
    It looks classy, sophisticated and elegant!

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