so the basic thought was this. I have a new wonderful ballet skirt fabric, but I don't really want to shoot the promotion in a leotard again. so I should make something, but what?!
I was then re-minded of my plan to create something channel inspired after being totally mesmerised by their Spring couture show. this was combined with another reminder in the form of sisterMAG's designer Evi Neubauer and her recent crafting exploits: prompted to search through the bags and bags of fabric scraps that I have in my studio and under my bed ... *ting* an idea came!
I should create a tutorial that you can all create and be inspired by. you may even choose to shoot your own photographs in the new 'floret' ballet skirt and your recently crated DIY top #inspiredbyalice ?! [wishful thought perhaps] But the really brilliant thing about this tutorial is that its made from re-cycled leotards. you know those dear friends you really love, they just don't fit anymore, but you just can't bring yourself to throw away? Perfect!
so here you go, a DIY top for ballet dancers and enthusiasts alike.
I think it would look really cute styled in so many ways.
can't wait to see yours!
old leotards: these will become your flowers
fabric/ sharp sissors
sewing machine, optional
- chop/crop t-shirt to require length. I actually made mine out of a thick jersey, because I wanted a certain shade, not sure how into sewing you all are: in the future I can always provide patterns. let me know :)
- cut out flowers. I went for the quick(ish) impactful approach. I folded tiny squares of my old leotard fabric into four and then cut out simple flowers out of that. I then layered up three varying sizes of each of these four petaled flowers to make larger ones more impactful ones. ( see top left photo)
- sew flowers onto top. I think a random look is key here, make sure you mix up colours and sizes and don't sew them all in one line ( refer to above images) you can sew the flowers onto your top in number of ways, by hand, secured with buttons and beads, or like I did with the 'free machine embroidery' foot on my sewing machine.
can't wait to see what you create.
don't forget to email me your creations or share them on social media
prizes for the best ones!