Updated: Sequin Cat Hoodie

13 Sep

Y’all remember that Stella Hoodie dress I made last year?

French Terry Stella Hoodie Dress

It was real cute for sure, but I think I literally wore it twice after completion. The fabric was a little too heavy to be comfortable as a summer garment (and I’m sorry, but a mini / sleeveless dress *is* a summer garment, fight me), and it was also real, real fucking short. Like, butt-cheeks-peeking-out-to-say-hello-whenever-I-lifted-my-arms short. And while I think it would make a good swimsuit cover-up, still, I’m gonna be real with y’all and point out that I go swimming about twice a year. There is no room in my life for a swimsuit cover-up.

So, overall, this garment was pretty useless. I thought it might work as a shirt, though, so I kept it around waiting on inspiration. After announcing the 2019 OAL, I went through my UFO drawer and decided to see if I could salvage the dress into something I might actually wear.

Sequin Cat Applique

Turns out all it needed was a little chop and some bling! And thank god I saved it, because this is seriously one of my favorite shirts now!

Sequin Cat Applique

Sequin Cat Applique

This was a really easy refashion. I removed the kangaroo pocket and tried on the dress to determine how long to make it, then cut about 2″ longer and used that as a hem allowance for a nice deep hem (I chose to make my hoodie cropped, as I’m really into the cropped shirt / high-waisted jeans look these days, but since the hem is so deep I can always un-crop it if I decide I want a longer shirt someday). I then stitched the hem with my coverstitch machine, same as the original dress hem. I was initially planning on sewing the pocket back on, so after hemming I tried the top on again to determine pocket placement, and that’s when this big ol’ blingy cat patch caught my eye…

Sequin Cat Applique

Isn’t this patch AMAZING?! I bought it at Hai Trim in NYC when I was there over Christmas. Honestly there are loads of cool patches in all the shops around the NYC Garment District, but I think Hai Trim has the best selection (and most are $12-$18, which I think is a pretty reasonable price). I bought it without any idea what I’d do with it, and have had it hanging on my wall in the months since. When I held it up to the shirt, I couldn’t stop smiling. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a perfect match.

Sequin Cat Applique

Sequin Cat Applique

I sewed it to shirt using Invisible thread, which is a thin nylon thread that kind of looks like a spiderweb. Usually when I do this sort of sewing, I just use regular sew-all thread – but I had recently read a Threads Magazine article that mentioned using clear thread to applique and I thought it sounded like a fun experiment to try. You load your bobbin with standard polyester thread, and use the clear thread in the top. Then you zigzag around all the edges, being careful to position the needle so that it lands inside and outside the edge of the applique with each zigzag. I would show you a close-up – but it’s literally invisible lol. So hopefully that makes sense! It is definitely more forgiving than using colorful thread, since you can’t see it at all – so if your zigzag strays off course at all, it can just be your secret.

However, the thread is really delicate and prone to breaking. I found that I got a better experience by loading my thread in a thread stand so that the thread comes from the top of the spool, instead of out the side (whenever I loaded sideways, it would eventually twist around the spool pin and break).

So far, this has held up fine in the wash! I turn the shirt inside-out and then wash/dry as normal (cold, regular cycle, etc). The threads did pop in one small section, but I think that was because a dog jumped on me lol. I just stitched it back down and it’s fine! All good!

Sequin Cat Applique

BTW if you’re wondering how the hell I got these BOMB-ASS PHOTOS (tbh the only reason this post is even warranted haha), we shot them in a professional photo studio in Portland, OR when I was up there earlier this year for a jeans workshop at Josephine’s Dry Goods! Since Josephine’s is such a small shop, we opted to move the workshop to this place so we’d have more space… and a great backdrop to take photos (which obviously I took full advantage of). I can’t take any credit for the quality of these photos as Bini’s husband set it all up- as well as let us use his equipment – but hey they are cool and I got some neat jumping shots!

Sequin Cat Applique

I really like my hair in this one 🙂

On a final note – I was creeping on Gucci recently and I was surprised to see this cat all over their F/W 19 collection, but specifically these sneakers

Gucci Cat

They call it “Mystic Cat” which I love but I think mine is better because it actually sparkles.

Sequin Cat Applique


28 Responses to “Updated: Sequin Cat Hoodie”

  1. Deborah September 13, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    So cute! Do you think there may be a dog sequin patch there too? My daughter lives in NYC and I bet she would be able to pick one up for me. Cute idea for a sweatshirt. My sewing grandkids would adore sewing one of these on something they made or purchased. I have never had the best luck with invisible thread. It tended to cut my fabric like a knife although that was a lighter fabric.

    • LLADYBIRD September 13, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

      I honestly don’t know; I never buy things with dogs on them so it’s not even something that registers on my radar haha.

  2. Leslie September 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    Love it! The top is a totally cute look.

  3. Kathleen September 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    Great idea for a refashion! The bling on Mystic Cat really puts the hoodie in a whole different category of awesomeness 😊.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:44 am #

      It definitely bumped an otherwise plain garment up by a MASSIVE notch haha!

  4. steelyseamstress September 13, 2019 at 3:25 pm #

    I love this – it’s so cute! Don’t often see you doing a refashion – it takes talent. Most of my “less than satisfactory makes” tend to linger at the back of drawers – I’ve never been good at refashions.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:45 am #

      Ah, I learned how to sew by doing refashions! I love doing them but I don’t get a lot of opportunity anymore since most of the stuff I find thrifting is kind of shitty (thanks, fast fashion industry!). But it’s fun when I do get something worth transforming!

  5. Natalie Roberts September 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm #

    Just ordered this patch online! Thanks for the inspiration 😊

  6. Anonymous September 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

    Fantabulous! You’ll have a whole selection of things to wear to Cats the Movie, if you (a) go to it, (b) wear a cat thing to a cat movie.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:45 am #

      I’ve never considered seeing Cats the Movie but now you’ve got me seriously thinking about it haha

  7. Anonymous September 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm #

    (Unintentionally anonymous movie comment from the essentially-anonymous-anyway “Inclement” who does not own a brain.)

    • Inclement September 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

      (And who made the same mistake not once but twice, ack.)

  8. Bugstein September 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    Great re-fashion! Love the amazing cat patch😻. I like your idea of using the thread stand with the invisible thread. I used that kind of thread many moons ago and it seems to hold up for a very long time.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:46 am #

      Yeah using the thread stand was definitely the way to go! Didn’t experience any thread breaking after I did that!

  9. Abbey September 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

    Like who else would be buying a sequined cat patch just because! Brilliant purchase clearly as it saved this hoodie for sure.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:46 am #

      haha you’re right but I’m glad I did because it’s pretty AWESOME! 🙂

  10. Theresa September 14, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    I don’t like to read filthy language.

    • Alerina September 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

      Well, don’t read Lauren’s blog then. She gets to decide on the language she wants to use in her blog space. I certainly don’t care if you don’t like “filthy” language, and I don’t think your opinion adds anything to this conversation.

      Nice top, Lauren!

      • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:48 am #

        lol those comments always trip me up. She must be real fun at parties.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      Then why on earth are you here? Weirdo.

  11. Nancy September 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    I don’t mind bad words at all. I have been missing your fall pattern review. Pleeeaaase.

    • LLADYBIRD September 16, 2019 at 11:49 am #

      Man, have you SEEN the stuff Vogue is putting out lately? Nothing worth making fun of! I don’t do reviews anymore because there’s nothing to trash talk lol

      • olivia September 23, 2019 at 5:32 pm #

        I didn’t even notice that you used a curse word but I also have a mouth of a sailor lol I love this refashion. I also hope that Portland treated you well. I didn’t have the cash this time around to attend you work shop but maybe you will head this way again sometime in the future.


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