DIY Cropped Maxi

A couple of months ago, I found this awesome vintage 1970’s bag on Etsy and I fell completely in love.  When it arrived, I instantly envisioned an off the shoulder top and a maxi skirt.  This bag is so gorgeous, I knew I needed a solid color fabric that would let the bag be the star.

The fabric I chose was this matte Donna Karan viscose jersey.  It’s medium weight with tons of drape and movement.

The pattern I used for the top was vintage Butterick 4942 which is the quickest and easiest pattern ever.

The skirt is a simple skirt I draped on my form and added a 4″ waist band. A great alternative pattern is Vogue V9030.


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Shades-Miu Miu Flats-Cuoieria Toscana Bag- Vintage


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  1. Jennifer
    June 7, 2016 / 9:34 am

    Love the outfit, especially that top. I searched the pattern but no where to be found for sale. Any chance of a quick tutorial? Thanks!

    • Nikki
      June 9, 2016 / 2:08 pm

      Hi Jennifer, a great alternative is Vogue 2882. It’s available on Etsy and Ebay. Hope this helps

  2. Susan
    June 7, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Love that look! And it really shows off the bag!

    • Nikki
      June 9, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      thank you Susan

  3. deedee
    June 8, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    NIkki-you know of course I love all of your DIY’s but that bag was an awesome find. It looks like the Patricia Nash bag she currently has out this season.

    • Nikki
      June 9, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      It definitely reminded me of her bag.

  4. Timesa
    June 8, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Nikki I love both pieces! You were so right it allows the bag to be the show . The bag stands out and it is oh so lovely! Great work!

    • Nikki
      June 9, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you Timesa

  5. Tina
    January 12, 2017 / 12:42 am

    Hello who taught you how to sew?

    • Nikki
      January 15, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Taught myself a few years ago

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