How to DIY a Striped and Floral Outfit

As I'm sure you figured out from yesterday's moodboard, this week's theme is mixing stripes and florals. I've always loved prints so my wardrobe is quite full of them, which makes mixing prints almost a necessity – especially on laundry day! Stripes are a natural for mixing with florals. If you want to be a little more understated, either one can act as a "neutral". Or if you want to be a little more wild, choose a combination of  bold prints.

How to DIY a Stripe and Floral Outfit

Step 1 Today's inspiration is a sophisticated outfit made more fun by the mixed prints from J.Crew. The skirt is Collection No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Tossed Carnations made in silk (how luxurious!). The top is a classic elbow length crewneck t-shirt.

Step 2 For the top you could trace your favorite T-shirt and make your own pattern or a pre-fab pattern like BurdaStyle's Lydia Top. To match our inspiration outfit, shorten the sleeves to just below the elbow. The skirt is another classic silhouette for which McCall's M6757 provides a great match.

Step 3 I love wearing knit tops and now that I have a serger, they are so easy to whip up. I found this striped knit fabric from For the skirt, I found this gorgeous Amy Butler floral print with a sophisticated vintage color palette and delicately painted flowers.

I think this outfit would look amazing on pretty much anyone. What do you think? Have you tried mixing stripes and florals this season?

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