Some Brill DIY Ideas For How To Turn Your Winter Stuff Into Summer Stuff

It's too hot, but you don't have any money to buy new things - let's do some DIY instead

3 DIYs: Sleeveless Trench, Summer Tee & New White Shirt.

by Jenny Brownlees |
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Summer is just around the corner, can we get an Amen? Just like Jon Snow, you feel like it’s been winter forever, and boy does it show in your wardrobe. We know you’ll be forking out for a few key new season pieces, but can we also suggest giving a summer update to some of your older, neglected garms?

Here's our how-to for DIY-ing your winter stuff into new, fresh summery things.

The Sleeveless Trench

You want to show the world some skin (suns out, guns out). You love your trusty trench but want to rid yourself of the winter blues and it’s just that bit too heavy for al fresco drinks after work. Payday isn’t for a while and you can’t justify a new on-trend sleeveless version. So do it yourself.


You’ll need:

A trench, if you don’t have one you really should buy one, like this one from New Look, in the perfect camel shade.

Thread in Black and cream

A seam un-picker/small nail scissors


A sewing machine (if not it is possible to sew by hand)

How to:

    TOP TIP ALERT! * Don’t get rid of those sleeves! Your local seamstress can easily put them back on come winter for about a tenner (waste not, want not people!)*

        Behold! A new season coat with none of the cost.

        A New Button Shirt

        A tired old work shirt sits in your wardrobe and needs some serious sassing-up for summer. Enter, these incred novelty buttons. We just couldn’t resist the Anya Hindmarch- style chic of them. We mixed them with this gorge floral set but there is a world of button possibilities, just look at this tropical set. Amaze.

        Changing the buttons on any garment is such an easy way to give it a whole new look.

              If you’re feeling super summery, you could remove the shirts sleeves using the Trench Coat DIY instructions. We felt content tying the bottom of the shirt in a knot; summer girly cool look... nailed.

              The Pattern Tee

              The situ: you live in your white tee come summer, but after last year's constant wear, it needs a bit of a facelift.

              We’ve had a serious fashion crush on Proenza’s printed vine tee from their Resort ’15 collection. It’s had us eyeing up our trusty white friend, thinking, surely we can call on our old GCSE art skills to create something similar? And we can. It's actually seriously simple. All you need is a fabric pen(we went for black, but feel free to go wild, there are some fab neon shades)

                  A new top you’ll be wearing every weekend for less than £2.50? Sorted.

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                  Photographs: Jenny Brownlees

                  Model: Vera at Savalas Models

                  This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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