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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

How to Wear DIY: Vintage silk made-over top

I love How to Wear DIY.  Time to get those homemade pieces out and make them work for real life!

Let's start here.

Loose-ish tops.

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I haven't totally mastered wearing loose tops, but I picked up this silk top at Goodwill thinking I could try making it over into something modern and wearable!  Since silk is so much nicer than whatever the ones at Forever 21 are made of--cheap poly blends etc.

And, brights are in this year!  So here's the "before"--I'm sure you recognize this shapeless thing from the days of high-waisted jeans and big, round earrings.  Your Goodwill or thrift store probably has plenty, too!

Blech.

I figured out a few little alterations I could take (hint: armhole), and turned this baby around!  Check out the "after":


Nice early fall look, eh, with wide leg jeans and some new fave yellow platforms from Target ($3.99 brand new at Goodwill, love them).
Shoes: Target via Goodwill. Jeans: Express via Goodwill. Necklace: Forever 21. 
Top: DIY, made over from a vintage Goodwill one!

I'm still learning to rock the loose top, but it's getting easier to think of outfits!  Any other ideas out there?

8 comments

  1. could you give us some tips on sewing with silk? it seems like such a finicky fabric!

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  2. Anonymous10/12/2011

    I like it!

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  3. It looks so much better, love it! But then again, everything always looks good on you!

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  4. Ha, I wear the originals out as is! Tuck it into a pencil skirt and top with a cardigan. Anything shapely on the bottom will create a nice hourglass shape.

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  5. Aaw, thanks!! Sure, silk tips... I'll think about it and post some tomorrow with the tutorial for this makeover!

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  6. I second the request for sewing with silk tips. I really like this look and love a loose top!

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  7. Looks absolutely amazing! I haven't done dress making in over a year, but this is definitely giving me some inspiration. It reminds me of when I was in London and I found a beautiful fabric store in Soho!

    Just a heads up, I have my own blog about travelling through Europe, so if anyone's interested just pop on this link: http://europeanadventuresforstudents.blogspot.com/

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