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D.I.Y Friday: Open back sweater tutorial

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Love Maegan DIY open back sweater

It's been awhile since DIY Friday but there are really so many hacks to clothing that one can do only so many at a time. As the season change, hacking up your wardrobe can be a great way to restyle your winter clothes into warm weather clothes but let's be honest, sometimes it's just as cost efficient to go and buy it. Unless of course you're wanting a couture creation that costs roughly $17,000 then it's time to DIY it yourself.

Speaking of $17,000, remember the famous safety pin dress that Liz Hurley wore when she accompanied Hugh Grant to the premiere of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' back in the 1990s? If you don't remember it on her, maybe you remember it when Lady Gaga wore the exact dress in 2012? If you don't recall the dress just click here. Either way if you love the neo punk concept and want to translate that look into something more wearable, Love Meagan has come with an DIY to create an open back safety pinned sweater. The sweater is super chic and easy to wear and is something that can be worn on a night out with girls or an understated sexy look on date night.

If you have a boring loose sweater that you want to dress up, this is the perfect DIY to take that sweater to a whole new level. The DIY is actually quite simple and if you want to add bows instead you can do that too by just following her DIY Bow Back Sweater Tutorial instead. But for now, to learn how to create the Open Back Sweater Big Pins Versace Edition just click through the list for instructions. You can also visit Love Meagan by visit her site at http://www.lovemaegan.com/.

Do you love to DIY or do you just find it easier to buy what you like? What's your favorite DIY? Leave a comment and let's discuss!

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step One:

A sweater {for this exact look, you’ll need a black sweater with a medium knit that is thick enough to withstand a large pin – as in the pin post can go through the knit vs puncture it. it doesn’t have to be hi-low though}

* Scissors

* Needle/Thread

* Gold skirt pins {I used 4 = 2 packs} Use as many as you like

If you want to do bows instead click here.

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step Two:

* Flip your sweater over so the back is face up and beginning at the neck, cut two inches of knit all the way down the center/back of your sweater.

The sweater shown here had a zipper, so it was easy to eyeball and cut away from each side. If you need to, grab a ruler and chalk/pencil to mark to be sure to cut a straight line.

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step Three:

* With the inside of your sweater face up, and beginning at the bottom or the top, fold your raw edge over once, then again, {on the inside} and pin in place.

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step Four:

* Continue all the way up the edge until you meet the other end, making sure to fold/pin equal amount all the way up. Take it slow so you don't mess up!

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step Five:

* Grab your needle and thread and simply overstitch or hemstitch up the edge, carefully hiding your thread within the knit without pulling or gathering it. Keep your stitch loose, but tight enough to hold your sweater hem in place for the long haul.

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step Six:

* It should look something like this (the picture above). You will see little pock marks where your stitches are, which should be barely noticeable in person when you're wearing it.

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DIY Open back sweater by Love Maegan

Step Seven:

* Decide how many pins you want and how far to space them, make sure they’re all facing the same direction, and carefully pin one side to the other, sliding your pin post in between the knit and not through it, so as you don’t create a pull or break any of the yarns.

And you're done!