Summer is here, and what better way to embrace it than by donning a chic, self-made color block two-piece set? Inspired by the trendy outfits flooding Pinterest, this guide is your ticket to crafting a unique summer essential from old button-down shirts.
Color block outfits have been making waves in the fashion world, offering a fresh and vibrant look. Moreover, by opting for a DIY approach, you’re not just making a fashion statement but also promoting sustainable fashion.
The beauty of this DIY project lies not just in its sustainability but also in its ability to offer a personalized touch.
By the end of this article, you’ll be equipped with a step-by-step roadmap to transform forgotten shirts into a trendy outfit, perfect for the summer sun.
So, let’s dive in!
Tools & Materials
Just a reminder that my original video is in the middle of the page. You can watch the entire process and read the entire transcript there if you’re interested ♡.
Selecting the Right Material:
Begin your project by choosing the fabric that you’d like to work with. I selected two men’s button-down shirts of similar fabric weight. This allowed me to upcycle with consistency. It’s a bonus if they’re from the same brand and size.
Deconstructing the Shirts:
With your shirts selected, it’s time to deconstruct. Use a seam ripper to carefully take apart both shirts, organizing the pieces separately. This gives you a blank canvas to start your design.
Designing the Color Block Pattern:
Lay out the shirt pieces and experiment with different designs. This is where your creativity shines. Decide on the color block pattern that appeals to you the most, keeping in mind the fabric weight for a consistent feel.
Constructing the Top:
Start by sewing together your chosen pieces for the back and front of the shirt.
Attach the sleeves, ensuring they align with your design.
Add the collar to give structure to your top.
For an elevated touch, replace the original buttons with buttons that fit your personal style.
Feel free to watch the original video below and following along with the transcript in the dropdown below before crafting the shorts.
Crafting the Bottoms:
Draft your pattern based on your measurements.
Cut out the pattern from your remaining fabric.
Sew the pieces together, ensuring they align perfectly.
Add a waistband for fit and style. Consider adding eyelets and a drawstring for a trendy touch.
Hem the shorts for a polished finish (I added contrasting cuffs). If you’re feeling adventurous, add pockets or other details to enhance the design.
Accessorizing and Final Touches:
Once your two-piece set is ready, think about accessorizing. A chic belt, some gold jewelry, or even a trendy hat can elevate your look. Remember, it’s all about making the outfit uniquely yours.
Diving into the world of DIY fashion is not just rewarding but also incredibly fun. The satisfaction of creating a personalized outfit, especially one as trendy as a color block two-piece set, is unparalleled.
So, why wait? Dive into your wardrobe, find those old shirts, and start crafting. And once you’re done, don’t forget to flaunt your creation and inspire others to embrace the joy of DIY.
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