DIY Project: Trapeze Cape Top


Fabric and chain trim: eBay (total cost around £6)

I don't often post DIY efforts on here, because I never feel that anything I make is actually that good! I like to sew, and I enjoy making and customising things but they aren't ever of any great standard, it's more just for fun! So I didn't really take many photos of the duration of this DIY because I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but actually it's worked rather well so I thought I'd share it!

The pattern and idea for this top came from a YouTube channel I subscribed to recently called 'Boat People Vintage' (click here to see) and basically the videos on the channel are of a chic French woman (of course she's French) making a lot of very simple and easy DIY items. I say simple, they always look so easy until you try to copy! Nevertheless, I thought I'd try making this simple boxy top, because it's a shape that I absolutely love, I think it looks so effortlessly chic to wear an oversized top with skinny jeans and pumps or heels, that's my sort of everyday wear right there! So I thought I'd have a go at making my own!

The tutorial is really very easy to follow, in fact if you have any sewing skills at all you might find it boring, but for me this is the perfect entry-level project and I really enjoyed making it. I am hoping to get my hands on a sewing machine in the next couple of weeks so I will be able to make things like this more quickly, it probably took me about an hour to measure, cut and sew the top together (I only tacked the seams but will go over them with the machine later) and then probably the same time again to attach the trim. I made a rookie mistake here-beginning and ending the trim at the front of the top, not the back-so you can sort of see the join. But hey, I'll know for next time!

I sourced the fabric from eBay, I love this sort of marled jersey and I was going to opt for a lighter weight but I like how the heavier fabric falls and also it's perfect to wear during the in-between weather periods when it's too cold to just wear a tee. I'll be showing you the top styled in a blog post very soon, but for now I just wanted to share with you the process of making it and also the Boat People YouTube channel, which I can't wait to use again to make some more pieces. It's actually very thrilling to make something yourself and have it turn out alright! Plus I know that no one else will be wearing the same thing!

What do you think of the top? Do you ever make your own clothes, or use YouTube tutorials? I'd love to know if there are any others I can check out!

XO Amie
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