DIY Outfit – Lace Tee

Spring is the perfect time for pastels, lace and all things sweet. Today's DIY inspiration is a simple t-shirt made from a bold, large scale floral lace (see more detail picks here). If this was in my closet, I'm sure it would get a lot of wear throughout the year. It could easily be styled for Fall/Spring as shown here or worn with a shorts or a skirt for the summer months. Add a scarf and boots and you could even wear it in winter. Read on for how I would make this top a DIY reality.

How to DIY a Lace T-shirt

Step 1: Our inspiration is the Orlaya Top from Anthropologie. It's a poly-blend fabric and even has a small zipper detail at the back neck.

Step 2: For the sewing pattern, use the free T-shirt Mini Dress pattern by Dixie DIY (shortened to shirt length) or your favorite t-shirt pattern.

Step 3: For the fabric I would use a thick white knit like this ponte knit and a large scale like lace this one from Mood. Cut front, back and sleeves from the knit and cut only a front piece from the lace. Use the knit as an underlining to the lace for the front piece. Add in the back neck zip if desired.

If you're nervous about sewing with lace, check out these great tips from Gertie.  

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Refashion – Sherpa Fleece Jacket Collar

I've had this faux leather jacket for a few years now. I got it for a great deal at TJ Maxx and I've worn it a lot. And well loved means well worn, the faux leather has now started to flake away especially at the back of the shawl collar, covering me in little brown flakes. I still love the jacket but it's not cute to be covered in jacket dandruff. To remedy the dandruff issue and hopefully get a little more wear out this jacket, I devised a refashion.

I bought about 1/3 yard of faux-shearling fleece (like this one). Then I traced a pattern for the collar onto a piece of scrap fabric. I cut out the scrap fabric "pattern" then used it to cut out the shearling with about 1/2 inch extra for seam allowance. (I did have to do a pieced section to allow for the zipper.)

I started by folding in the seam allowance and stitching it in place. But I didn't like the way the top stitching looked. So, I ripped out the stitching and decided to glue instead. (I know. Glue! I would normally never use glue for a garment but stitching just didn't seem like an option.) I used Aleene's Tacky glue and spread a thin layer on the jacket then smoothed the fabric on top. I started in the center and worked my way to the outside doing one side and then the other. Instead of using pins to hold the unglued part of the collar in place, I used big clips. I let the glue dry overnight then trimmed away the excess fabric. And it's all done!

I really love the way it looks. I'm sure I'll eventually have to give up the jacket because other parts are starting to flake away too but in the meantime I'll be able to enjoy it a little longer. Sadly, it's been so hot in LA lately I don't know when I'll get a chance to wear my jacket again. But hopefully it will be soon! Do you have an item of clothing that has seen better days that you can't dare to give up? Have you tried to refashion it?

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DIY Outfit – Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Today's outfit inspiration combines two of my current obsessions – maxi skirts and wild floral prints. It's very 70s bohemian but the pleats give it polish and the hyper bright colors make it very modern. The pleated skirt has always been one of go to DIY's. They're so easy to make and so very classic. I even have a tutorial and worksheet so that you can make your own pleated skirt.

How to Sew a Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Step 1: Our inspiration skirt is the Firefleur Maxi Skirt from Anthropologie. I love it paired with the simple blouse and delicate jewelry.

Step 2: For the pattern you can BurdaStyle 02/2013 #133 and lengthen it to the floor. Or, draft your own pattern using my free tutorial and downloadable worksheet.

Step 3: Our inspiration skirt is made from a polyester border print fabric. I could not find an exact match but I love this floral print by Amy Butler. It's a cotton fabric so the drape would probably be a little heavier than the polyester. If you use a cotton for a super long skirt like this, you might want to have fewer pleats so that it doesn't get too heavy. I found a couple more florals not in cotton here and here.

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