DIY: Zadig et Voltaire Gold Elbow Patch Sweater

October 24, 2011


Sadly, I am not a sewer. I would like to be, but I just don’t have the equipment, the talent, or, really, the motivation. But the moment I laid eyes on this Zadig et Voltaire sweater I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I could, however, stop thinking about the $470 price tag.

But then I started thinking about other things. I love cashmere, but I don’t get to wear it frequently here in Houston. (Hi, 80 degree October!) Then I started thinking about the makeup of the sweater: a grey sweater with gold leather elbow patches.

I can do this. And I can do this for way less than $470 in a way that I can get some real use out of here in Houston.

A quick trip to Marshall’s for a sweater and a quick trip to the specialty fabric store for gold leather and I was set. Well, except for the whole “can’t sew” part – but I have a fantastic seamstress. Let’s go!

I chose a v-neck sweater because I prefer the ease of that silhouette, but stuck with a great taupey grey neutral. This sweater is going to go from day to night and back again all season long.

Here are the results:

Sweater: $16.99
Leather: $ 7.00
Seamstress: $14.00

Total cost: $37.99
Savings: $432.01

I like every part of that – and I love my new sweater that also fits perfectly into my overall maximizing my wardrobe plan for fall.  Grey sweater: check!

So, ‘fess up. Do you do much DIYing? What’s your greatest DIY?

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8 Responses to “DIY: Zadig et Voltaire Gold Elbow Patch Sweater”

  1. Micheline Says:

    Some years ago I joined this high end social /networking club for business purposes. There was a women’s luncheon a couple of days after I joined. The theme was hats and there would be prizes. Off to Michael’s I went and spent $50 on a hat and decorations. My hat theme was “the hats women wear”. It was a funny looking thing. Got there and most women were wearing gorgeous high fashion match their outfit hats. But the governor’s wife and the mayor’s wife liked my theme and I won an emerald and diamond (real stones) tennis bracelet!

  2. Susan Says:

    I love it! Can it be washed? I believe leather can”t be washed or drycleaned. If so, where did you get the fabric?

    • Pam Says:

      The sweater can be washed – it’s just a regular ol’ sweater from The Limited. 🙂 The gold leather I found at a larger specialty fabric store here in town. I’m not sure if that can be washed – but I may just handwash the sweater until I figure that out.

      Good question! Stay tuned!

  3. Susan Says:

    Yes, I believe leather is only supposed to be wiped clean and not submerged in water, which makes me wonder how the entire thing can be cleaned on both yours and the expensive version. Keep up posted!


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