DIY Off the Shoulder Blouse

Turns out, all it took to get back in the sewing groove was finding a really easy project. I've been drooling over all of the off the shoulder silhouettes I've seen this season (including the one Sophie paired with her Birkin flairs). And since I couldn't find a similar pattern online, I went the DIY route. I used A Pair and a Spare's tutorial, subbing out basic tube sleeves for a slight flutter shape (Colette's Aster pattern provided a great template), and finally found a use for this embroidered Nanette Lepore cotton I've had sitting in my stash for four years. I intentionally cut it short so I could wear it with this high waisted skirt by Viktoria and Woods, a conscientious Australian brand I recently fell in love with (and bonus: they're accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia).

This top was a ridiculously quick project — it only took me about an hour total — and it inspired me to make more lightweight, breezy pieces for summer. So here's to sunshine, inspiration, and a little extra skin (also pass the SPF please).