DIY: J.Crew Corsage Shirt

I saw this shirt on J.Crew's website a few weeks ago, and was in a real DIY mood, so I asked my friend Amanda if she thought we could make them. She was in. This is a comparison:


I am sure that it doesn't photograph as well as it looks in person.

The method:

We bought 3 scoop neck shirts at Wet Seal (one for each of us, and one to cut up). We made a heart-shaped stencil to cut out the pieces to construct the corsage.


We used between 12-14 heart shaped cutouts. We used straight pins to decide on placement. One problem we had with our project was because of knit of the shirt, the cutouts rolled a lot at the edges. I even started sewing the project, got frustrated with the amount of rolling and stopped. I picked it all out and started over. One thing that helped to combat the rolling was making sure that we gathered it enough as we sewed it on.

We ended up spending about $7.50 (and 5 hours) on the shirts. The scoop neck tops were 3 for $12 and we just had to buy thread to match. (The J.Crew version was $29)

What do you guys think? Do any of you do DIY fashion sewing projects? Do they turn out? Leave a comment!

Thanks for reading!

14 comments:

  1. wow it turned out great! i likey :)

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  2. Love it! But I'm a bit partial...

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  3. Yours turned out great! I'm so glad you didn't give up on it.

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  4. Very cute and resourceful Madeline. Did you use fray check, surge, zigzag or hem the edges of the hearts to keep them from fraying?

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  5. We actually left the edges alone (which is also what seemed to be what was done at the edge of the J.Crew shirt corsage). Knits don't seem to fray as easily as some other fabrics. This of course, could end up being a problem in the future.

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  6. so cute! and way creative. i want one!

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  7. Way to go girls! it looks so cute

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  8. i was recently admiring the jcrew version and you guys did a great job making it look very similar.

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  9. Darling!! Wish I was there for craft nights! :)

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  10. Very Cute, you are very creative, I just found your blog and absolutely LOVE IT! Thanks for all the info, I will keep coming back!

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  11. Your shirt is sooo cute! you are guys are great and making things look so good!

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