selfmade

selfmade 0797 I'm all about making what you can out of clothes you no longer wear. It's sustainable, and connects well with my Wabi Sabi world view. Transience doesn't just mean the end of something, but also a beginning of something else.

This skirt used to be a James Perse ruched mini, but I didn't like how it looked. Just because something no longer works in its' original form, doesn't mean it is no longer useful. So I changed the skirt into a knee-length.

The ruched look appears cheap in my opinion, simple structure is always better.

selfmade 0798

I've been loving the matching skirt/crop top trend, and as I was looking through the Forever21 section, I realized a lot of these outfits can be made with things I already have. Probably end up better quality than Forever21, too.

So I took the stretchy elastic out of the skirt, which wasn't easy, because the lining was sewn to the outer part, and the entire length and hem was covered in elastic.

I wish I took before and after photos. But the end result looks a lot like the skirts with a sheer outer layer.

Missguided sheer layer skirt Missguided pencil skirt Alexander Wang mesh skirt Missguided mesh skirt IRO sheer overlay skirt Alice + Olivia pencil skirt

selfmade 0795   selfmade 0792

To DIY this look with a skirt you already own, all you need is small scissors, or a seam ripper if you have one.

You can use a sewing machine to sew up the seams after you're done, but if you don't have one, you can easily do this by hand. If you're not a great sewist (sewer?? nah.) like me, sewing by hand might be even better.

You can't see, but there are a lot of uneven stitches on the hem of this skirt. I also ripped a stitch on the top when I tried to put it on legs first.

selfmade 0796

The top is the easiest part, it's just a plain tank I cut off and hemmed to a shorter length.

Missguided plain white tank T by Alexander Wang tank Splendid plain cami

selfmade 0791    selfmade 0794

I went with some plain black flats to complete the outfit. Wearing flats made this more casual, which I love on a long weekend of relaxing.

Phillip Lim D'Orsay flats Gianvitto Rossi D'Orsays with ankle strap Pierre Hardy flats

selfmade 0793

Accessories:

Chanel quilted bag (similar here) Wrap ring John Hardy ring Marc Jacobs bow ring Gold choker (similar here)

Hope you all had a good Memorial Day Weekend! Are there any self-made outfits you love wearing?