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release your inner hippie with my DIY lace top
How gorgeous did this turn out?!

Can ya figure out what that beauteous boho creation once was?

Make your own in about an hour with a lil’ something pinched from a 1950′s cafe…

Posted by Confessions of a Refashionista from Toronto, Ontario, Canada • Published See Confessions of a Refashionista's 66 projects »
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  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grab a lovely lacy vintage bistro curtain that comfortably wraps around your body with some to spare (charity shops are bursting with ‘em!)

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 2
    Step 2

    starting at one end, wrap it loosely around your chest to get the basic size required & fold right sides together

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 3
    Step 3

    chop off the excess fabric & set it aside for now

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 4
    Step 4

    hop over to your machine & stitch the raw edges of your ‘body-piece’ together to form a tube

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 5
    Step 5

    lay your tube on a flat surface wrong side out with the seam centered at the back

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 6
    Step 6

    snag a comfy, loose t-shirt & center it at the top of the fabric tube & mark the sides of the neckline with a couple of pins…

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 7
    Step 7

    stitch in from each side of your fabric tube towards each pin to create the shoulders & neckline of your new top

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 8
    Step 8

    tuck the sleeves of the t-shirt inside & once again center it on top of the fabric tube then, using the t-shirt as a guide, chop out an armhole on one side of the fabric tube

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 9
    Step 9

    fold your almost-done top in half & chop out the other armhole using the edge of the first as a template

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 10
    Step 10

    grab the remaining fabric you originally set aside & slice it in half to create your sleeves (depending on the size of your bistro curtain you may have to get creative with your cutting or simply make a sleeveless top)

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 11
    Step 11

    sew each piece into a tube

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 12
    Step 12

    and you have some fancy sleeves to add to your top

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 13
    Step 13

    pop ‘em into the armholes, right sides facing & stitch together

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 14
    Step 14

    as my sleeves were creatively cut I stitched the last remaining curtain lace bits to each sleeve hem to create an illusion of symmetry (the hemline of one sleeve was the top of the curtain & the other was the bottom so they looked completely different)

  • How to make a recycled top. Bistro To Boho… - Step 15
    Step 15

    slip into your glorious new top, pop on your bell bottoms & get to know your inner-hippie…

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