Fashion Adventure – I made my own clothes

Fashion. It’s a weird word, it’s one word that means so many different things to so many different people. And I suppose that’s the beauty of it. But have you ever been on a shopping trip and nothing has really sparked your interest and you feel like nobody else will ever understand what you need and desire from piece of clothing. With my particular (or peculiar…your choice) fashion sense this feeling has become all too frequent. It’s either too fleshy, too modest, too warm or too cold. What can I say, I’m just far too picky to be a modern everyday consumer. I decided to do what I’ve always threatened to do and take matters into my own hands. I made my own clothes.

Yes that may sound a little bit trashy or a little bit cheap but to be honest it was an experience. And it was a year in the making. I took inspiration from my seamstress-admiring-seven-year-old-self and got crafty with some left over fabric in my sewing box and created this top. Due to my sewing machine shortage this top wasn’t the easiest to make.

I measured the piece of fabric around my body and pinned it where necessary, leaving a little extra wiggle room and chopped off the excess. After having hemmed the edges of the fabric, I sewed it together in one big band. I genuinely have no idea what any of these fancy textiles words mean. I left a tube kind of thing in the top and the bottom where I threaded some elastic. Yes, I basically made a typical 2007 boob tube. The elastic meant I didn’t have to worry about getting the measurements so precise. Yes it’s a short cut but I have what I would classify as a decent and moderatly wearable top so I would say it was worth it. If you want to do something like this elastic will be your friend.

The fabric although relatively stiff, is actually very comfortably. It is originally a Laura Ashley print so you get the designer feel from a top you made yourself. I stuck some straps on which let me tell you were the hardest god damn bits. Have you ever tried turning a tiny piece of fabric inside out?? Literally so frustrating!! The straps are far from perfect but after having spent hours sewing these things I called it a day. A true representation of my lack of patience.

I am overall very happy (and somewhat proud) of the outcome of this top and feel confident wearing out knowing I made it! And for sure I now have something in my wardrobe that I know fits me perfectly and I also really like.


A young blogger from the North West of England, blogging about everything from Fashion and Beauty to Education and Travel. Hoping to start a career in the language industry very soon!

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  1. Charlotte says:

    Your top is so cute! The print is so pretty! And I completely get what you mean about not really finding anything in stores, nothing really fits me very well so I’ve started making my own clothes too! I made a skirt a few weeks ago and, if I can remember how I did it, I’m going to post a how-to on my blog soon! Great post! X

  2. I really like the top you made, it looks great! Did you buy your fabric directly from laura ashley? I took textiles at A-level and attempted many times to make myself a peice of clothing but I never get round to finishing anything I’m too impaitent!

    Molly |

  3. Ellie says:

    OOOh you’ll have to let me know when it’s up I’d love to read it!! That’s such a cool idea I struggled with a top so a skirt might be fun so I’ll definitely be giving that a go! Thank you for your lovely comment have a wonderful week x

  4. Ellie says:

    Ahh that sounds cool A Level textiles sounds like so much fun! Thank you for your comment and no I actually bought it from a local sewing shop the fabric was on sale and very cheap at the time I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I’m glad it turned into something I can wear!! Have a great week xx

  5. Jenny says:

    I love the floral pattern! It’s so pretty! Also the top turned out really cute! ☺️

    Jenny •

  6. Ellie says:

    Thank you Jenny, I’m a little bit obsessed with floral prints at the minute!

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