Handmade Wardrobe / Inspiration

Breaking From Sewing By Sewing

Last week I was getting a little creatively frustrated. Part of the process of creating collections involves a lot of experimentation. I have what I believe to be a great idea, but I have to try it out to see if it really is. Most of the time, the execution is almost exactly as I pictured. But frustratingly, last week I did a lot of work, and just couldn’t get a few things to work the way I wanted them to. And as it always is with creativity, you just can’t force it. So I took a break – and tackled a few projects for my own wardrobe that I haven’t had the time to do.

A little while ago I started noticing a lot of tshirts with lace strip detail on the front. Now you know I’m not a huge fan of the tee in general, but I can’t argue that they are a comfortable item. So when I found a plain tee in Target for something ridiculous like $3, I bought it and put it aside to create my own version. I’m really happy with how it turned out! This greeny/yellow colour isn’t one I would normally wear, but somehow I’m really liking it!

The lace I used was bought in an market in sunny california and sent to me by Jenielle, one of the sweetest girls imaginable and the genius behind this brand. If you click through prepare to die of cuteness overload. Especially if you like puppies. See I warned you. She also sent me the lace I used for this top – isn’t she just the sweetest girl?

Store versions I based my top on:

Jcrew – $30.00 \   Loft – $36.50 \    Yesstyle – $30.00

Since my version cost me all of $3 I’m gonna say I saved roughly $27, and therefore should go buy something else to make up for my savings? Yes?? Awesome logic?! Let’s hope the husband agrees – I have a feeling he won’t haha

Top: Target, embelished by me
Skirt: Banana Republic, bought with a gift card from my MIL (isnt’ she awesome?)
Shoes: BCBG via TJ Maxx
Strawberry pendant: Vintage, family heirloom from my mom

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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12 years ago

Megan, that is awesome. I love how you used lace that added more contrast to the shirt. Its both delightfully whimsical and decidedly badass. :)

12 years ago

I love the top, I mean this in the best possible way, it reminds me of bees. Really, really CUTE bees! I really like the lace detail, I’ve got a few rolls I got on clearance a few months ago that I’ve never been sure what to do with.
I do the same sort of ‘creative cleansing’ sometimes when I am focusing so hard on a project or a piece of art work that I loose my mojo. Making or creating something fast, simple and fun usually helps restore my confidence, they also let you obtain that peaceful mindless working status where you don’t have to think about what you are making.

12 years ago

You’re a genius, Meg! Maybe I won’t get rid of some of those t’s I hardly wear. You’ve opened endless possibilities! Of course, I only wish I could use a sewing machine. :-) This would take a bit longer by hand, but it’s not completely impossible.

what would a nerd wear
12 years ago

okay you seriously have to stop being the hottest mama on the block. stop it right now, you’re making all the other mamas in the world insecure :)
seriously you are killing it these days! i love the lace DIY and the shoes and the whole get-up. i think virginia agrees with you :)

12 years ago

Oh I love that top! First of all that color is amazing on you, but mostly the lace detail is fabulous! What a fantastic DIY idea! I adore this shirt! You are amazing!

12 years ago

love it! make more, make more! :) i agree with april. your hotness is multiplying. or something like that. i have pregnancy brain and can never find the right words these days. ha!

you’re a doll, megan.

12 years ago

meg, your shirt turned adorably!! you look amazing in these photos! you definitely made bank with this $3 project!

i think i’m going to get out my sewing machine in a minute and make myself a clutch! eeeep!

Girl and Closet (Veronika)

Firstly! Yes, totally awesome logic. I’m 100% with you and I’m loving this idea. Seriously, what a brilliant way to dress up a tee & your shoes are hawt -looking gorg! xx veronika

12 years ago

That is an awesome idea Meg! I want to check out Target too. Last time I went, I was only allowed 10 minutes because boyfriend was getting sleepy. What a party pooper.

And I totally think that’s an awesome logic. More bang for your buck right!?! :) Imagine all the other cool stuff you can come up with if everything was $3!

Just Better Together

12 years ago

That is an adorable DIY. You make it look so easy… :)

Kat D.R.
Kat D.R.
12 years ago

Cute outfit! Nice job on the top!

Elle Croft
12 years ago

I think this might be my favourite outfit of yours, ever! Love the DIY tee!

Trudy Callan
12 years ago

Wow! You look amazing! Love the transformation of this plain t-shirt just by adding the lace. Very genius.

Minnie Burton
12 years ago

Very Charlie Brown. :)

12 years ago

i think this is your best outfit so far

12 years ago

I think everyone needs a break from creating, especially if it isn’t working right. I have a card game I like to play because it just clears my mind and then I’m able to refocus much easier afterwards.

11 years ago

Super sexy outfit!