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DIY/ Sommer Jacket from a XXL Tunic

DIY/ Sommer Jacket from a XXL Tunic

Hi there! Freshly landed in my mail box yesterday: the new annabelle magazine, featuring an article about my DIY work for the Fashion Daily blog. In case you’ve got it at home, it’s on the ‘Mode News’ column – page 104!

This time I showed how to transform an XXL tunic in a light sommer jacket… For a tiny budget and in a very few time, this is today’s DIY project!

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Before and after: This huge tunic was the perfect item last summer for my holidays in Ibiza, for a lazy day on the beach and to go to the market. However this year I wanted it to be different, like a very light ‘under piece’ to wear in the city. Something quite versatile and uncomplicated that would fit with jeans as well!

Sommer_Jacket_DIY_DEF DIY Tunic from Monoxgram via Making Things Women/ Silk top, vintage/ Jeans by Sandro, see similar here at Zalando

You need:

– One XXL tunic in a soft quality (mine is made of cotton & silk)
– Thread, scissors, needles
– A sewing machine and an iron


Step 1. Cut carefully right in the middle of the tunic’s front side, like on the pic:


Step 2. Prepare the hem: Turn the material wrong side out facing you and fold up the borders (less than one centimeter wide). Place some needles to maintain the work.


Step 3. Stitch along the left & the right side with the sewing machine and make the finishings.


We’re done… Now more than before I love the pattern combined with this new shape that looks a bit nonchalant. With or without accessories like belt and hat, I think it’s the perfect clothing piece for the daily life -also for the city with pumps!


Hat via Globus, similar here // Jeans by Sandro, see similar here at Zalando//
// Pumps from Zara (well, I think I would love to exchange them for these via MyTheresa)

DIY: 2 Pieces From an Overall

DIY: 2 Pieces From an Overall

January sales are the best, as you might know I love this period. The perfect occasion to grab some ‘getting old’ trendy pieces that anyone want at a reasonable price -and to transform them into unique garments. My last find has been this checked overall from Zara, seriously on promotion: If checks are not out of fashion for spring, I was looking forward to experiment something different.

Its straight cut and integrated belt enable the following project, so I first cut it to make high waisted pants and kept the top to create a kind of romantic shirt. More generally, the idea works for any ‘cropped’ top that you’d like to extend, or simply embellish with pleats.


At the end, here is what I get: a shirt that’s perfect to match with patterned tanks and slim jeans. You’ll find more pictures about the look on this post!

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It’s actually simple and it doesn’t cost much.

What you need:



– black chiffon whose length is about x 2 longer than the waist length of your top  ( ideally, from a dress or any stuff that has finished borders, it helps really! )
– thread, scissors, needles,
– at best, a sewing machine. If you don’t have one, you can also hand sew -it only needs more time.
– a ironing board + iron


Step 1. Prepare the borders: cut buttons if necessary and iron at about 3 cm from it.


Then sew all around the waist border and make finishings.


Step 2.  Set up your sewing machine with following positions to create plissé on your chiffon. If you’re used to work at the machine you might won’t need to stitch the material before, but feel free to do it to make your work more secure!


For my part I only fixed the chiffon with needles and iron it -don’t undervalue that step. It’ll give the right position to the chiffon. When you’re ready, stitch the whole length like following:


Step 3. Before making finishings on your chiffon, adjust the length to the top’s borders. With some carefully senses in your hands, you will easily move the fabric to the right length! So make sure that the measurements are correct: the chiffon fabric will now be stitched right ON the borders. Place the needles like following:


Now hand sew discrete stitches; start on the side you prefer and throughout the reverse side to the outside. Keep on like this… We’re done! Make finishings.


I hope you liked it as I do, really love it : ) Have a good day!

Reload it: Louis Féraud Vintage Jacket, Sleeveless

Reload it: Louis Féraud Vintage Jacket, Sleeveless

Almost ‘new’ in my closet: this vintage Louis Féraud jacket, already seen here in 2011!- now in a sleeveless version. As I found it on a flea market in Austria, I immediately liked the bright royal blue color and the cut -even if the size was actually much too big for me. Well, I don’t mind: Now I have huge, fancy golden buttons that would be perfect for a home decor (see at the end of the post) and a great jacket that fits me. I simply readjusted the shoulders size and replaced the genuine button on the front.

How to mix royal blue? For winter I prefer the blue shading off with hints of black.


Sleeveless jackets are for me the best way to warm up your style, even in winter season. You can layer it with other pieces like cardigans or coats, it creates an interesting outfit with great lines.

Oh, and it seems that I didn’t told you about those ‘culotte shorts’. I like to say it’s a hybrid piece: not skirt, nor shorts… Anyways it’s been a great bargain, I get it by Sandro at the very last days of sales -70% off. Nobody seemed to be fascinated with it, I did. Read here in german language on annabelle FD some tips from me about fall winter closet organization.




DIY Louis Féraud vintage jacket, Sandro FW13 culotte shorts, Michael Kors bag, Silvano Sassetti boots.
Leather brown cuff, Maison Boinet.

LFeraud_Sleeveless_Reload_05 Franchement, vous ne leur trouvez pas un petit air de Versace?..

Zurich Fashion Days finally start today, I’ll be attending my favorite brands -and will tell you more about it next time. See you!

DIY/ The Navy Red 2 in 1 Shirt

DIY/ The Navy Red 2 in 1 Shirt

This might be one of my favorite sewing session: How to turn two pieces in one? There’s actually a similar topic here, however I find it’s a very different one. I was looking for an unexpected mix of materials and colors, that would fit for both spring and autumn season. It’s been completely spontaneous, I worked on it on the evenings last month -that’s why I didn’t take pictures of the process. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it! As the sun were shinning last weekend by a reasonable +18°C, I couldn’t resist to wear it with a great pair of jeans. May I show you?


For this DIY I wanted a two-tones piece and its made from a basic men shirt and a Zara lace top (remember of this post last year!). So I decided to keep the flowered top and the bottom of the navy shirt. I finally replaced the two pocket buttons, and that’s all!





I really can’t wait to show you very cool DIY video projects for winter -stay tuned, and enjoy your day!

DIY top from a vintage shirt and Zara flowered top/ IRO jeans/ Zara pumps

DIY Upcycling/ Americana Cushion

DIY Upcycling/ Americana Cushion

Do you ever happen to buy a (strange) stuff only because its material was appealing to you? Of course I did. No later than last month. I get this huge men shirt on the flea market. I knew that I’d never wear it, and to me it was clear that a new home decor item would come soon. Actually I already made a similar experience here, but it’s been a while.

So it is now a pillow case, and it looks much better than on myself… I liked the mix of colors and the rough material effect.


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What you’ll need:

-a XXL men shirt,
-tick thread and needles,
-tape measure,
-a sewing machine,
-cotton thread in 2 colors (for the pom poms)

read more…

DIY/ 2 in 1 Skirt #annabelleSwap

DIY/ 2 in 1 Skirt #annabelleSwap

Voilà! This is the last DIY project for the annabelle Swap, where I picked spontaneously three pieces to transform them > Remember this post! I realized a two-material skirt from the striped dress and the white scaled skirt. Can’t wait to wear it!


How it now looks like? Find the full tutorial in german language here on annabelle blog!

Outfit/ Cotton Waves #annabelleSwap

Outfit/ Cotton Waves #annabelleSwap

The polo shirt has been finished this week! The large basic top let place to a chic but sportive shirt; You’ll find the whole tutorial in german language, as usual, on annabelle blog.

I reused the sleeves borders for the ruffles on the front, and kept the oversized shape on the armholes. Really like it -So it’s time to wear it! It was yesterday in Seefeld, I paired it with straight fit pants and velvet small bag. Yellow and navy blue look always great together.



PoloShirt_annabelle_03 Ph/ Stefania Bacskay

Polo Shirt, DIY for annabelle Swap
Pants and bag, Mango
Shoes, Stuart Weitzman
Armband Hasenfrisch
Finest ring, Charlotte Wooning. Other is private.

#annabelle Swap: DIY Preview

#annabelle Swap: DIY Preview

And here are the 3 pieces I chose last Saturday during the annabelle Swap event: A sportive polo shirt, a striped shirt dress and a funny scale skirt. See later this week how the first piece turned out!.. #poloshirt xx