Anika Mehta
October 17, 2014 11:20 am

Elizabeth Bennet challenges society’s definition of what it was to be “accomplished,” which is one of the main reasons why she’s everyone’s favorite heroine. In the face of a society represented by Caroline Bingley and Lady Catherine, she creates a new meaning for what it is to be accomplished. Though the 1800s definition of the word is outdated for most women today, Lizzie is a great example of what a modern, accomplished woman is. She is strong-willed, out-spoken, and not afraid to show exactly who she is.

Today’s DIY is a fun graphic-word sweatshirt that is right on trend and perfect for the cool weather. Instead of donning words like “chic” and “selfie,” let out your inner nerd/Austenite (I’m proud of both of those descriptors) by wearing a regency term. I chose the word “accomplished,” but there are so many others you can choose from to fit your own personality. Some of my favorite adjectives for regency ladies are:

Elegant

Amiable

Head-strong (in a good way!)

Clever

This is a simple DIY, but iron-on transfers can be tricky. I’ve had enough half-transferred projects to tell you to take your time! Go very slowly and be a perfectionist when doing transfers–you’ll be rewarded with perfect results.

Supplies

  1. Sweatshirt (I bought this one, but feel free to use one you already have)
  2. Iron-on letters (Depending on the word you choose, you can get larger or smaller letters. Mine are ¾ inch, but you can go up to 2 inches.)
  3. Iron
  4. Scissors
  5. Ruler
  6. Pencil or chalk
  7. Light-cotton cloth

Steps

1. Cut out the letters that you will use. Once you roughly cut off of the sheet, closely trim as close to the edge as possible.

2. Lay the sweatshirt on a flat surface and mark a straight line across where you will place the letters.

3. Carefully measure and calculate to find where you will place the letters (make sure they are centered).

3. Place the letters down and adjust them so they have the same amount of space between each letter.

4. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE PACKAGING. Every brand of transfer is different, so read them carefully. My tip is to add 10-20 seconds of iron time to what they say on the package.

5. Be extremely careful when peeling the backing off; this is where you should go the slowest.

6. If some letters are not sticking, don’t worry, just repeat step 4.

And you’re finished!

A little inspiration: Wear your new sweatshirt proudly! You’re not only displaying your love for Austen but also who you are. The significance of the word on your top is personal; pick a word that represents you and think about what it means for you. For me, going out and about wearing the word “accomplished” reminds me that I’m confident. That no matter what situation I encounter, I’m sure of myself and my beliefs. I can channel the best qualites in Lizzie! Not to mention, the versatility of this sweatshirt makes it a great staple for everyone’s wardrobe. It goes with an ultra-feminine skirt as much as it does with modern black pants or just your favorite skinny jeans.

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