Alrighty– I get questions about this sweater every time I wear it so I hope this helps! Here’s my guide/notes about my Mabel Pines Meow Wow sweater 💜
First off I bought whatever huge purple sweater I could get at goodwill. Unfortunately there was none with a huge collar :( the color was perfect– in the light, it’s a deep, rich purple cable knit sweater. It weighs 4 tons. A big sweater helps to make you look smaller. Mabel wears fluffy sweaters :D
The trick to making the lettering easier is to make a template out of printer paper or whatever paper you have laying around. Use this to cut out felt for your letters. Same deal with the cat. Make a quick pattern from paper and test out the size on your sweater before you paint and sew. You can always trim paper letters slightly, more so since these are block letters.
To get the texture effect as seen in the close-up shot of the show, I painted on the felt with acrylic craft paint. Dry-brushing it helps create that rough texture we see. This helps make the cat look good and also helps mimic a reflective sheen on the letters. Use a synthetic brush like a golden taklon. Bristle starts to kick up and fuss up
I hand sewed the cat and letters on with embroidery floss because it will hold the felt better. Thin thread can cut through felt. I wear this as a cosplay a lot– and even out and about on occasion lol. I pinned the shapes before sewing and I wore it to make sure it worked.
To get the sparkle, I sewed on little plastic jems. I tested glitter but it wasn’t shiny enough for what I wanted. I used regular thread since the holes are smaller. I don’t think glue will work. I always try to sew.
Whiskers are also embroidery thread to be visible.
Care: hand wash gently, dry flat. Don’t muss up the sweater too bad. I wear a long sleeve undershirt with it to keep
It cleaner longer.
These painting techniques (on felt) should work for almost any sweater design in Mabel’s collection :)
Feel free to ask me questions! I hope you have a great time making your Mabel sweater!
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