This garment is a basic dude's-to-women's sweatshirt remake but with a simple, prettifying twist! The lace overlay idea can be applied to over garment refashion/upcycle/remake projects and can camouflage as well as adorn. Read on and I'll explain...
As with most of my sweatshirt remake projects, I started with a large unwanted, second hand men's sweatshirt. I cut the sleeves off and put them to the side for later. I then cut up the side seams and carefully removed the neck ribbing. The new front and back body pieces were cut from the sweatshirt, the new shorter sleeves were cut from the old and it was all put back together again using the original neck ribbing with the addition of a lace overlay on the front.
I chose to apply a lace overlay to this particular remake because the sweatshirt had an annoying stain on the front (see above) that refused to budge when washed. It wasn't a dark mark, more of a tea stain, but guaranteed to be noticeable on the finished garment if left bare. The lace overlay distracts the eye sufficiently for the stain to no longer be an issue.
This technique could also work well when remaking knitwear that has been attacked by moths. The moth holes could be stitched together and the lace overlay would distract from the blemishes. I have also used lace overlays to semi-disguise an obvious join I was forced to make when avoiding an obvious logo on another second hand sweatshirt remake.
To continue with the girly theme of this refashion, I added a few pearly buttons along the shoulder seam. A further cute/luxe addition could be to stitch tiny fake pearls at regular intervals to the lace design. Using a pale lace over a dark sweatshirt/knitwear/T-shirt or vice versa would also give a really dramatic effect.