Stylist Siki’s DIY: Elbow Patch Jersey

Cape Town stylist, blogger and closet organiser, Siki Msuseni (All Things Intriguing) shares her ‘know hows’ on an old age and winter chic ‘how to’ in this DIY fashion segment.

This article was originally published on the 9th April 2014 on Siki Museni’s blog, All Things Intriguing, under the title ‘DIY: Elbow Patch Jersey’.

Winter is upon us and if there’s any season that I dread so much, it has to be Winter, especially Winter in Cape Town. Just the thought of Cape Town Winter makes me want to cry and vomit all at the same time. Waking up in the morning, pouring with rain, trying to catch a bus to campus or work has to be the most painful thing that can ever happen to anyone (Okay, I lie, but you get the exaggerated picture I’m trying to paint here).

I am sadly packing away the summer clothes making room for my chunky knits. What seems to bother me is how bland I will look this winter, my jerseys are either losing fit or not so stylish anymore. So I decided to give them a face lift by adding floral patch elbows, now my next project is to find leather cut-offs and add leather elbow patches to my vintage blazers.



A jersey (or sweater)
A pair of scissors
Floral fabric (or leather cutoffs)
Thread and needle
Paper and pen
Step 1: Using the length of your hand as a guide draw a rectangle
with rounded edges on the A5 size paper as a template.
Step 2: Pin the paper template onto the floral fabric
and cut out the floral fabric making two patches.
Step 3: fit on your jersey and place the patches right where your elbows are.
DIY tip: make sure the patches are both located in the right place. Fitting your jersey again would be a great idea.
You will need an extra pair of hands for assistance, my mother came through for me with this one.
Step 4: Thread your needle.
Step 5: Stitch your patches and make sure that they are symmetrical to each other. and Voila!
Your old knit has new life. Pair it with a pair of denims or an A-line skirt with stockings, whichever one works for you
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