Saturday, 27 September 2014

DIY Angel Wings Sweatshirt | Victoria's Secret Inspired

A new fashion DIY tutorial for you all today! This one's a weekend project that is perfect for the upcoming A/W season; a Victoria's Secret inspired Angel Wing Jumper. A while ago I spotted the below photographs on Pinterest and I just loved the idea. I searched high and low but couldn't find this jumper anywhere, or any how-to tutorials. So using VS's iconic angel wing design, I decided to change it up a bit, and make my own with a printing technique using home-made stamps. Like those used in my DIYs here & here.


Dylon Fabric Paint
Small Sponge/Paintbrush
Sticky Back Foam
Pencil and Paper

I picked a sweatshirt in a natural pale colour to match the images I'd been inspired by. You could use any colour you like but stick to light shades. Pale blue or light brown would also be nice. I bought my jumper via eBay. It's one of those basic raglan sweatshirts that aren't particularly flattering but you can pick them up quite cheaply. It's also got a beautifully soft fleece lining. (Size small for reference.) You could use an old jumper but make sure it has a close weave and cotton is the best, so the fabric paint won't seep through the fibers.

I chopped off the ugly wrists and neckline of my sweatshirt. Cutting close to the seam will result in a off-the-shoulder style neckline (be careful not to cut out too much) and I simply turned up the sleeves to reveal that soft fluffy fleece. This material won't fray and I like the rough edge look. You could always bind the neckline if you prefer.

You need to create your feather stamps. I worked out I would need 4 different sized feathers to create the angel wings. I drew the feathers on to a piece of foam (peel-off back preferable) and cut them out. Foam is great for making stamps as you can mark out impressions by pressing in with a pencil. You now have 4 feathers of various sizes, these will make up one angel wing. But we need to replicate these feathers in a mirror-image version to form the opposite wing. Symmetry!
You can simple trace around the feathers you've already cut out (but back to front of course) so now you have pairs that are symmetrical! In total you should have 8 feathers, 8 stamps.

Now they need sticking to a sturdy piece of card (corrugated) or if you'd like to be uber-professional, a wooden block like mine! I actually stuck my feather 'pairs' on either side of one wooden block to keep things neat and tidy (and not to waste wooden blocks.) You'll have left wing stamps and right wing stamps. Organised!

You can use my rough 'wing' guide above to help you. I printed this out and used it as reference for where to place my feather stamps. Using the stamps I printed a whole design on a piece of paper first. It helped me to understand how the paint works, if I can get away with overlapping the feathers and what mistakes could be made. I recommend doing this before printing on to your sweatshirt. Once that fabric paint touches fabric, it's not coming off.

I sketched out the angel wing shape lightly on to the back of my jumper with a pencil. Pencil will wash out so don't be worried about it looking messy. I then went ahead and loaded up my stamp with paint (using a small sponge or paintbrush) be careful not to use too much (test it on paper) and started stamping from the largest feathers at the bottom, working my way upwards to the smallest feathers.

Always work with a piece of card inside your jumper to prevent the fabric paint from seeping through to the front. Have a dry cloth near by to wipe the stamp if it gets messy. And a piece of paper to remove excess paint on a heavily loaded stamp.

Leave your design to completely dry. Once the paint is dry you can secure it with a warm iron (place a tea towel between the jumper and iron if you're nervous) then it's ready to be washed! Dylon fabric paints are fantastic, I've worn and washed many things and had zero fading. They are also soft and flexible once dry and won't crack. If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know all about my love for Dylon fabric paints!

After washing my jumper I decided to blanket-stitch the neckline and bottom hem to prevent it from stretching after many wears - this is optional. Wear your new creation with pride! It's the perfect transeasonal piece to see you into the Autumn. I like to wear mine with skinny jeans and boots.

See the post where I'm styling this sweatshirt... If you liked this DIY don't forget to have a look at all of my DIY tutorials here!



  1. Love, love, love this! Your jumper looks gorgeous - I can't wait to try this! (Plus it will keep me occupied on these long winter nights.)
    Beth x

  2. This looks so amazing, I love how the feather turned out!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  3. This looks incredible, your so talented, great DIY!

  4. Really love this, such a gorgeous design! xx

    Ioanna |

  5. LOVE this! It looks a little- Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead too. Inspired!
    Imogen’s Typewriter <3

  6. This is so creative and the result looks even better than the original.

  7. Such a cool cool idea
    S xx

  8. SO profesh. You should sell some of these. I would totally buy one! xx

    Melissa |

  9. It loos amazing, I like it so much I'm going to feature it on this week's top 5 on my blog, I hope you don't mind


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