Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

The DIY "weekend" sweatshirt makeover, and How to Wear DIY

Last winter I got creative with three plain grey sweatshirts, and did three different embellishments on them. Since then I've found one big problem with the sweatshirts I used. I always knew the fit wasn't great (they were pretty cheap and never super flattering), but the arms were just triangularly shaped and really tight at the wrists, so no room to scrunch them up and do anything interesting with them. And hard to layer.

But, I still liked the color and embellished-ness of them, and I altered this one with a simple fix!

Yep, I cut them off!

Rather than hem them, I cuffed them under 1/2" then 1/2" again and pressed them carefully, then tacked them down with some tiny handsewing stitches at the center outside and under seam of the sleeve.

Now it's more comfortable but also perfect for layering! Like I did over the weekend in this outfit I wore to a friend's 1-year-old's birthday.

Yes, it's after Labor Day, but it's still partly sunny and in the 60's, so I'll wear white jeans if I want to, thankyouverymuch. With flannel.
Jacket: J.Crew (similar). Shirt: Gap (similar/similar). Jeans: Lucky Brand. Flats: Target. (ALL via Goodwill)
Necklace: c/o Lucky Brand. Bag: Old Navy (similar). Sweatshirt: DIY, here! Then modified.


  1. Love the outfit paring here! You look great!

  2. Cute! Thanks for the inspiration. Helping my grandchildren dress nice is easy when I have ideas/inspiration. It is even better for me. I will file in my granny's need to look nice when at a gymnastics meet! LOL.

  3. I was just considering doing a short sleeved sweatshirt! Thanks for the motivation to get on that project. :o)


  4. Your layering is brilliant here. Love the look!



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