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55 DIY Clothing Ideas You Can Sew All Year Round

Afraid of running out of DIY clothing ideas all year round? Don’t worry, I got you covered. I understand both the excited anticipation of having a lot of new projects lined up and the frustration of looking for good projects that are worth trying, so I decided to help you kick off your fall weather sewing! This is a long list of tops and bottoms you can sew all year round. Some are casual, but most of the clothes are good for going out!

55 DIY Clothing Ideas You Can Sew All Year Round

I feel like it’s the time of the year to upgrade my wardrobe, and what better way to do it than start on this set of DIY clothing ideas all year round? My daughter and I need clothes that we can wear all year round so the clothes on this list can be worn in any season. All you need to do is just add on some layers when it gets cold. You can also add on some accessories and change your shoes to take it from day to night.

1. Envelope Wrap Skirt

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Wrap skirts have been popping in and out of the fashion scene. This envelope wrap skirt is inspired by this trend. The zipper breaks the monotonous color and makes it more interesting.


2. Glam Tutu

Tutus aren’t just for kids and ballerinas. Adult women can wear it too. Remember Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic skirt from Sex and the City? It is romantic and whimsical. This tutorial is not your basic tutu tulle skirt as this has rhinestones sewn on it.


3. Stellla Mc Cartney T-shirt Hack

This Stella McCartney hack involves a basic black t-shirt and polka dotted tulle topped with a dark velvet bow. It’s French chic fashion!

4. Wool Blanket Coat

This wool blanket coat is best for days that you would need extra warmth. Hem the raw edges of the blanket with a zigzag stitch.


5. Christopher Kane-inspired Convertible Zipper Top

The classic silhouette of this shirt allows you to rock multiple styles. You can wear it as a dress one day, and a sexy crop top the next by simply unzipping it.


6.  Anthropologie squeezebox top

This shirt is inspired by an Anthropologie shirt. To make your own version, you will need two white t-shirts in two different sizes.


7. Kim Kardashian Balmain Inspired Cropped Top

It’s not only Kim Kardashian who loves this Balmain cropped top. Nicki Minaj wore it in her “Anaconda” music video too. This top is best paired with high-waisted pants or skirts.


8. Baroque Tights

These baroque tights are inspired by the D&G fall-winter 2012/2013 collection. Yes, they look expensive but you can actually make them at half the price you were expecting!


9. T-shirt to Wife beater

If you are looking for a wife beater, create your own by cutting off the sleeves of an old t-shirt. These are perfect for hot summer days and workouts.


10. Patchwork Jeans

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Add color to your ordinary blue jeans by sewing some interesting fabric patches on it. This is also a great way to cover holes and frays.


11. Trendy Asymmetrical Maxi Skirt

Create a sexy maxi skirt by following this tutorial. The twist here is one side is longer than the other. It’s sophisticated and elegant.


12. Twisted Turban Headband

Keep your hair off of your face with this twisted turban headband. What I would do is to match the fabric with my clothes.


13. Dolce and Gabbanna-inspired Scarf Caftan Dress

Look like a million bucks with this Dolce and Gabbana hack. All you need are two beautiful scarves to work your sewing magic on.


14. Print Pocket Tee

Add a point of interest to your plain t-shirts by sewing on a front pocket. This is also one good way to use your extra scraps of fabric.


15. Pencil Skirt with High Slit

You’re going to love this easy pencil skirt with a high split. It’s fun and sexy! You can wear it with a t-shirt and flats or high heels and a nice top!


16. Convertible bodysuit

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I love this tutorial! I made one for my daughter and she loves it as well. There are so many ways to style this bodysuit so it really is quite versatile.


17. DKNY Lace Layering Skirt Hack

This is a must-have piece for boho-chic lovers and rockstars. Its extra-wide lace trim just gives the right shade of sheer. So sexy!

18. Pearled Shirt Collar

Glam up your shirt by hand sewing two-toned pearls on your collar. You can also use beads or rhinestones for this project.


19. Easy Breezy Cover Up

If you do not want to show too much skin or you simply want to change the style of your clothes, consider making this cover up. You can also use this on the beach.


20. High Waist Yoke Gather Skirt

This is a shorter version of the mermaid skirt but it is more versatile. You can wear this on a lot of occasions. Make a top of the same fabric as well to make trendy coordinates.


21. Off-shoulder Tee Dress

Off-the- shoulder dress is the perfect choice for hot summer days. Lighter colors always work best on this kind of weather. And a loose dress that bares just the right amount of skin is a welcome comfort!


22.  Minimal Box Top

There are three versions of this box top. Choose one which suits your style and personality. Check out the video on how to do it here.


23. Maxi Cardigan

Cardigans are a staple in our wardrobe. They are always great for covering up, layering and just adding a punch of color to our outfit. Create one of your own now.


24. Pants to Shorts

If you’ve got old jeans that you wish to convert to shorts, this is the tutorial for you. There are four styles described in this tutorial. Choose the one you like best. My favorite is the cut and folded option.


25. Maxi Wrap Dress

I love maxi dresses! They never fail to make me feel womanly and regal! The longer they are the better! This particular style is my favorite because although I’m covered, the hint of skin makes me feel sexy.


26. Skater Skirt 

Turn your old t-shirt into a skater skirt with this simple tutorial. You can pair it with leggings and combat boots for an edgy look on chilly days.


27. Color Blocked Dress

This figure-hugging dress requires you to use three solid colored tank tops which you will sew together. Check out the YouTube tutorial here.


28. Criss-Cross Blouse

Here’s another trendy blouse tutorial for you. This is perfect for people who love cropped tops and want to show off some skin.


29. Lace Plaid Midi Skirt

Create this formal skirt for special occasion like a date or a wedding. It’s sooo sweet and it is perfect for summer days.


30. Ankara Cigarette Pants

You can use Ankara or African print fabric for this project (but any striking fabric you have at home will do, too!) Cigarette pants are the more formal version of skinny jeans. It’s tailored, tapered, falls right at the ankle and s high-waisted–a perfect work wear silhouette.


31. Breezy Tee Long Sleeve Sweater Dress

I love this tunic. It’s comfortable and nice to wear on those hectic days when you’re just hurrying from one errand to another. It’s very practical, and therefore a must-have in your closet!


32. Swing Dress

This swing dress with a high-low skirt is fun! Its flowy silhouette is sexy while still being comfortable to wear.


33. Maxi T-shirts with Slit

I just saw one girl wearing a similar shirt yesterday and I was wondering where I could buy one. Good thing I found this tutorial because it seems so much more fun to make my own instead!

34. Simple Dress

Here’s a nice dress alternative I handpicked just for you. It complements any body type and will work for any occasion.


35. Beyonce’s Stella Jean-Inspired Skirt

This pencil skirt with an exaggerated wraparound ribbon overlay has been worn spotted on Beyonce. Create your own version of this for a day out in town.


36. T-Shirt Dress 

Here’s another DIY clothing idea using an old shirt. This is very comfortable and is just the thing you’d want to throw on on regular days.

37. Overalls

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Check out this post for a couple of tutorials on how to create different cover all designs. This is a good way to reuse and upcycle your old jeans.


38. Circle Skirt Dress

This flowy skirt flutters beautifully when you twirl. You might think it is difficult to make but it is actually one of the easiest dress designs to recreate.


39. Trapeze Dress

The trapeze dress has a trapezoid silhouette, giving it a unique shape. It can be architectural and structured or free-flowing, depending on the fabric used.


40. V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress

This fit and flare dress hugs your curves in all the right places. I just made my daughter one and she loves how it flatters her figure.


42. Simple Wrap Sweater

I just made this simple wrap sweater and I have a feeling that it’s to get a lot of wear this coming winter. I can’t help but like how cozy and warm it is.


43. Off-shoulder Top

Off-shoulder tops are definitely the “in” thing this season. Practically every stylish woman in town is wearing their own version of it. This style is my favorite. Just a dab of highlighter on your shoulders and you are good to go.


44. Kimono

A kimono is a great choice for a cover-up. It’s not just for the beach or for the bedroom–you can dare to rock it in everyday wear, too. When I am wearing a plain outfit that needs a pop of color, I would just grab my kimono to make it more fun.


45. Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants are loose and flowing. They were popular back in the ’70s but these gems become trendy again every so often because they’re super stylish and extremely comfortable to wear.


46. Out and About Dress

Personally, this dress is tried and tested! This, by far, is one of the best dresses when you are out and about. You look fun and well put-together instead of looking harassed and sloppy when wearing your track suit.


47. Zipper Tee

Change your normal shirt into something unique by adding a zipper as a shoulder detail. The added metallic highlight makes the shirt look more fancy and expensive.


48. Bralette

Bralettes have been frequently spotted on the fashion scene again as of late. It’s made up of lace and other glam details, but it is unpadded and unwired. This not only makes it comfortable to wear, but fun and fashionable as well. You can actually use this as a peek-a-boo piece.


49. Ruffle Skirt

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Create a matching ruffle skirt for you and your daughter! I just did and we had so much fun crafting this together. This skirt is a promising all-season and all-weather choice with some layering.


50. Denim Dress

Denim or chambray dresses are pretty popular these days. It’s an easy project that you can DIY!


51. Circle Skirt

Circle skirts are fun especially if you are the type of girl who lives an active lifestyle. Why did I say that? Because the best way to appreciate this skirt is when you are running and twirling.


52. Asymmetrical Knit Sheath Dress

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Looking for a dress that will make you look really polished and classy? Try this design and I promise that you will thank me for this suggestion.


53. Scarf-Print Wrap Skirt

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This tutorial was inspired by Michael van der Ham’s Spring 2012 collection. He had models wear bright colored pencil skirts wrapped in scarves.


54. Lace Hoodie

If you want to upcycle your hoodie, try this trick. Cut out the front part and replace it with lace.


55. High-low Skirt

High-low skirts have been around for quite some time. So if you want to copy this style, here is a tutorial for you.

Since I started sewing DIY clothing ideas all year round, window shopping has never been more fun for me! I would usually go to the mall with my daughter and take photos of the clothes we love. We would then shop for fabrics so we can copy the designs. This not only allowed me to save a lot of money, but this has also opened a window of opportunity for me. Some friends would ask me to copy some designs for them and they pay me a good amount of money.

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