THE DIY LINEN TOP YOU CAN FINISH TONIGHT

Happy hump day! I’m back at it again with another DIY that I absolutely ADORE from the fabulous Geneva over at A Pair & A Spare. I picked easy DIYs to start, and the is the second of hers that I tried and I must admit…it was actually easier than the first!

Now don’t get me wrong, there is something to be said for challenging projects. When I follow a pattern step by step and come out with a fabulous final product, ALL THE HEART EYES! But sometimes you just need something small to grease the wheels, or to make good use of the extra fabric you have lying around. Either way, there is pride in creating something you live in completely yourself, and I think fast fashion has led us to take the hard work involved in making our clothes for granted. I love sewing because it helps me practice gratitude in something seemingly small as a well-fitting top.

Anyway…on to this amazing DIY!

When I try other bloggers DIYs I try to be totally honest, because nothing makes me more frustrated than when I am led to believe something is going to be “Soooo easy and fun!” and I’m still at my sewing machine, three hours later on the verge of tears. Let me tell you this is NOT one of those projects.

Geneva is a fan of using fusing tape, and I must say that she’s made me a fan too. I love the clean look I get on my hemlines by using the tape, and it provides a sense of security to someone like me knowing I virtually can’t screw it up. So all in all, this top required very minimal sewing (I actually only sewed the straps on to the top, the rest was done with fusing tape) so you could make this at home without a machine and still have it come out pretty as ever.

I used a thicker, structured linen for this top (I am slowly learning the differences between different fabrics, most notably that there is a lighter and thicker linen) and it was the best choice I could have made. If I could change one thing about this DIY I would have made the straps longer like Geneva did. I did leave the hems of the straps unfinished, because I liked there being a little bit of raw edge there, but you could finish them if you prefer.

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Top: DIY | Belt: Thrifted (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Forever 21 (old, similar) | Bag: Lo & Sons | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Hair Clip: Free People

What other DIY bloggers would you suggest?

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Kasey

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